FACHC’s 2020 Annual Conference Cancelled 

FACHC’s priority is the health and safety of the FQHC community, including our members, staff, sponsors and exhibitors. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it has become clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we must make some tough choices. FACHC has decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference originally scheduled for July 19-22, 2020 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

At this unprecedented and historic time, the health and safety of our members and their families are our primary concern. We believe there are too many variables at this time to conduct a large, in-person, annual conference in the coming weeks. We all must focus on our collective health so that we may continue to advocate for our centers another day. 

We recognize the magnitude of this decision for the association and our membership. We also understand the close partnerships with our sponsors and exhibitors. The Annual Conference brings together passionate professionals and exhibitors every year to celebrate the transformative work of Florida’s Community Health Centers. Our coming together not only galvanizes the health profession and its stakeholders, but also provides opportunities for attendees to explore and connect. We are hopeful that our sponsors and exhibitors can channel their engagement with FACHC towards next year’s 40th Anniversary Conference. 

Although this is a great disappointment, we are exploring options to provide content in other formats. We are approaching this as an opportunity to bring new value in new ways to our members and are working hard to meet that challenge. We are also using this to fuel our planning for the 2021 Annual Conference, and make that meeting an incredible experience for all to regroup and recharge. Please continue to monitor our website for more information. Our website will be the best source for FACHC event updates. 

REFUNDS 

2020 Annual Conference attendee registration fees will be fully refunded. You will receive an email confirming your refund has been processed. Hotel reservations made through FACHC’s room block will be automatically cancelled. Attendees will receive a cancellation confirmation email from the hotel directly. Attendees who made their own housing must cancel directly with the properties. Please do take steps to cancel your flight/travel reservations. FACHC cannot control flight cancellation/charge fees for participants.

The Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC) has launched a new resource page for COVID-19 alerts for our health centers and providers. This website ensures all guidance and resources are available in one centralized location.  

New Centralized Resources for COVID-19 Alerts 

Florida's Community Health Centers operate on the healthcare frontline improving the health and wellbeing of Floridians every day, and even more so during this COVID-19 pandemic. Centers all across that State have been there for our patients, and for each other. 

To all the Community Health Centers Healthcare Heroes fighting on the front lines of COVID-19: THANK YOU! We are grateful for your service. 

See what more of our Centers are doing during these stressful and challenging times by clicking the button below!

Stories from the FQHC Frontlines

Florida’s Community Health Centers extend access to health care to a broad range of Floridians, including seniors, children, veterans, whether insured or not.  Centers accept ALL insurance coverage including Medicare and Medicaid patients. During this time of crisis, our first and only mission is to care for the patients in our centers and speed the delivery of needed care.   

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your local county health department. They will let you know where to go for testing. They can also refer you to a Community Health Center for follow-up care and/or additional services.  Additionally, Community Health Centers are providing drive-thru testing for those who meet criteria established by the CDC and the Department of Health. That list of sites can be found here.  

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov. FDOH has also opened a COVID-19 Call Center that is available to answer any of your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 1-866-779-6121 or email your questions to [email protected]