Did you know that you have the power to drive the content on the AIHce EXP agenda as an AIHA member? Our Education Department works hard to make sure our conference topics mirror our Volunteer Groups’ work and their specific areas of expertise.
“Our Volunteer Groups really are the lifeline for the education offerings at a conference,” says Kathryn Christoe, AIHA’s Project Manager of Conference Programs.
Christoe has been working in our Education Department for the past three-and-a-half years, managing the weekday education program at conference. She works with our Volunteer Group members and our Conference Program Committee to review, select, and schedule the AIHce EXP program. Needless to say, this is a massive undertaking.
We have approximately 170 sessions and well over 500 speakers and moderators participating in AIHce EXP 2018. We asked Christoe to give us a behind-the-scenes look on what goes into the selection process for this year’s education agenda.
“We have a bi-level review process, where we have technical experts from our Volunteer Groups review submissions first. That’s followed by our Conference Program Committee, who make the final call," says Christoe. "For this year, we are working on a new speaker prep program, including a series of webinars/town halls, written guidance documents, and blog posts, all in service of improving our speaker quality and session satisfaction at AIHce EXP.”
When she’s not busy with conference programming, Christoe also works on our student poster program, which includes a new judging and awards process this year, as well as our Product Stewardship Conference education program each fall.
AIHce EXP 2018 Topic Selection
In addition to mirroring our Volunteer Groups’ work and their specific areas of expertise, this year’s agenda also includes our content priorities. These are areas that our membership deems critical and timely, including Exposure Banding/OELs, Big Data/Data Management, Changing Workforce/Total Worker Exposure, and Sensor Technologies, to name just a few.
We have a lot of new and interesting sessions being offered this year, including natural disaster response, specifically for Hurricane Harvey and the recent California wildfires. Some other sessions with timely topics include: OSHA Under Trump: A Status Report and Strategy for Moving Forward, Emerging Issues in IH: Law Enforcement and National Security, as well as a pair of new Women in IH leadership-focused sessions.
Check out the full agenda. Which new session are you looking forward to the most?
Berrak Sarikaya is a content strategist and brand amplifier based in Seattle, Washington.
AIHce EXP 2018, held in Philadelphia, PA May 21-23, is the EXPerience of the year for IH and OEHS professionals across the country. You’ll be exposed to the latest trends, needs, and research impacting worker health with experiential education sessions, networking opportunities with like-minded professionals, and the tools you need to solve your workplace challenges. This highly-rated event also offers a robust virtual experience for those that want to reap the benefits of conference without the travel. Register today.