This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of a national state of emergency, the ever-expanding travel restrictions and in light of developments over the past few days.
The health and safety of our community is our top priority and the team made this incredibly difficult decision to ensure we stay grounded in AMCSI’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. Over the last several weeks, we’ve worked closely with event organizers, speakers, and sponsors in an attempt to mitigate risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that this decision was made after evaluating multiple factors. In addition to travel concerns for many of those with specific medical conditions in our community, AMCSI faced a growing number of scheduled speakers and international attendees operating under travel restrictions through the end of Summer. Please know that AMCSI made this decision with the best and most current information available to date.
We acknowledge and appreciate the AMCers, families, speakers and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into planning this year’s conference, and we share your disappointment. Please know that AMCSI is exploring ways for our community to connect virtually in lieu of in person gatherings and will be highlighting previous recorded talks at past conferences online. More information on these efforts will be shared in the coming weeks along with a special announcement of the 2021 Conference location.
Knowing that the reality of our membership is changing rapidly, and will continue to shift in the coming days, we want to support the AMCSI community. If you are in a financial position to donate your conference fees to AMCSI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, know that we are committing to place all donated funds from this conference into a hardship grant fund. This funding will go onto support our membership, truly struggling and in a time of need.
Each of us are uniquely positioned to come together — allowing those in need to lean on this community for support. The Board of Directors will meet in the coming days to nail down guidelines behind this hardship grant post clear guidelines for those within our membership who wish to apply–thank you for your grace during this unprecedented time.
Read the full cancellation notice from AMCSI here.
If you have questions, please contact the AMCSI Conference Planning Team at AMCAZ2020@gmail.com.