Take the initiative to show your organization why and how your attendance at the IFDHE National Conference will strengthen your performance and your organization and benefit those you serve.
Attending the IFDHE National Conference is a cost-effective professional and organizational development choice. It is the most relevant and densely packed educational and networking opportunity available to diversity and inclusion health professionals like you.
Here are tips for getting support to attend the IFDHE National Conference:
Explain in specific terms what you will gain by attending and how that will benefit your work, your organization's goals and your community.
Offer to prepare and deliver a briefing to your colleagues and/or the leadership team to share what you learn so that others in your division will receive the benefits of your attendance.
Share speaker handouts and slide decks with your colleagues. As an attendee, you will have unlimited access to speakers' materials.
Explain the need to stay abreast of new developments and to acquire valuable tools, perspectives and relationships that will help your organization anticipate and adapt to the future.
Prepare a plan showing who will cover for you and how critical work will get done while you are attending the conference.
Use the following talking points below to help you communicate why it is important for you to attend.
What is the IFDHE National Conference?
IFDHE provides educational programming and networking opportunities for professionals working to improve the health of the communities they serve.
The conference attracts more than 400 attendees from the health care, public health and community development fields.
What is IFDHE?
The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity delivers education, professional development, peer networking and practical tools that help expand knowledge and enhance performance in diversity, inclusion and health equity goals.
Why attend the IFDHE National Conference?
Diversity, inclusion and health equity are the future of the U.S. health care system, and the field is adapting to new requirements and opportunities. Be at the forefront of this evolving environment by learning and networking at the IFDHE conference. Learn what strategies, tactics and organizational capacities are being adopted by your peer organizations to make an impact on community health.
The IFDHE National Conference is a unique meeting with educational content of cutting-edge practices from around the United States and the latest research on how health care systems can collaborate with community partners to improve health.
It is the largest gathering of hospital-based community health vice presidents, managers and division heads, with more than 400 attendees.
Benefits from the educational program
State your organization’s specific goals or needs, and then explain how components of the conference will help meet those needs.
Session content: Which topic tracks or specific sessions have particular relevance to your department or organization's current priorities and goals? Are there sessions that will provide insight into a particular challenge or goal your organization is facing? Identify specifically what you can use and how.
Training and skills development: Which sessions are most relevant to your professional development goals or your organization's expectations of you? What new skills or approaches will you bring back?
Strategic benefits from the educational program
“The field is changing rapidly and in uncertain ways. Our organization needs to anticipate, understand and adapt to changes both in the policy environment and in professional practice. The IFDHE National Conference will show how hospitals and their community partners are leading the health care transformation to promote community health improvement.”
“Attending the IFDHE National Conference will enable us to see how the field is changing: value-based payment. bundle payments, population health management, Schedule H, the evolving role of community benefit professionals, the need for multisector collaboration, growing sophistication in program design and evaluation, and increasing connections among community health, community benefit, population health and healthy communities.”
“This conference will enable us to meet and interact with community health, community benefit, population health and healthy communities professionals in similar roles from organizations around the country. We will be able to take the pulse of what our peer organizations are talking about and planning for and how they are accomplishing [specific goal or activity].”
Team capacity-building benefits
“The conference will help build our team by providing a forum for team members to learn and discuss best practices, new tools and emerging trends. Doing this together will build a shared knowledge base for applying this information to improve our strategies, programs, processes and outcomes.”
Exhibit hall benefits
The conference will showcase leading vendors with tools and services for health promotion, program design and evaluation, community health assessment and community benefit. The IFDHE National Conference is an opportunity to meet a variety of vendors, collect information and compare competing firms.
Commit to preparing and sharing a one- to three-page conference report with your team to convey key information about the conference to people who did not attend. Examples of information you might include are:
Executive summary of key themes, concerns, ideas and promising practices;
Keynote session highlights;
Specific breakout session highlights (e.g., program ideas or recommendations);
Networking event takeaways (e.g., new contacts, why they are important, who will follow up and when); and
Information about products and services gathered from conversations with vendors in the exhibit hall.
We look forward to seeing you at the IFDHE National Conference!