FAQs

  • Why Houston, Texas?

    We have heard from some who questioned our choice of venue due to recently passed controversial state legislation and understand that some individuals may be grappling with the decision to attend the conference as a result, and we respect the range of opinions on this matter.

    For an event like SHEA Spring, venue choice and contracts are negotiated several years in advance. Houston [Texas] was selected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the more recent legislation passed in Texas that endangers some of our country’s most vulnerable communities.

    In making the decision to honor our contractual obligations to the venue, we also considered the importance of supporting reproductive and LGBTQA+ rights within the greater Houston area. As a healthcare organization, we know the importance of inclusive care and the inequities that currently exist for marginalized communities. We did explore the possibility to host a service project to help support the local community, in which conference attendees will be able to take part, and those interested will be able to select their participation during registration.

    Our Conference Chairs also developed this letter with other ways to support and take action to help make a tangible difference.

  • Is SHEA Spring going to be in-person or hybrid?

    SHEA is planning a fully in person conference but is closely monitoring Sars CoV-2 and its variants. Should anything change, we will update all current registrants and the website. Session Recordings of the program will be complimentary for all attendees. Recordings will be available on-demand following the conference. Recordings will not be available for purchase. If you wish for access to the recordings, you must register for the conference.

  • Why is Spring in-person only?

    The in-person conference is not merely about exchange of information and ideas – it’s about relationships, renewing contact with friends and colleagues. It provides an unmatched opportunity to interact professionally, socially and educationally with the largest gathering of the healthcare epidemiology community.  We will take all necessary measures to provide a safe, productive, and enriching experience.

  • Will the sessions be recorded for access post conference?

    Session Recordings of the program will be complimentary for all attendees. Recordings will be available on-demand following the conference. Recordings  will not be available for purchase. If you wish for access to the recordings, you must register for the conference.

  • When will SHEA Spring 2024 take place?

    The conference starts April 16, 2024 and will continue through April 19, 2024.

  • What time zones will be used?

    The schedule for the 2024 conference refers to Central Standard Time.

Registration

  • When will registration open?

    Registration is open! Learn more about the rates and what’s included.

  • Why is there a cost for registration?

    Registration fees are the main source of revenue for SHEA Spring. It is important to set fees that will cover the cost of running the in-person of the conference. SHEA Strives to keep the Spring Conference affordable and accessible for all attendees and participants.

  • If I register for the in-person conference, will I be able to access the on-demand session recordings after the event?

    Session Recordings of the program will be complimentary for all attendees. Recordings will be available on-demand following the conference. Recordings will not be available for purchase. If you wish for access to the recordings, you must register for the conference.

  • Do you offer group registration and rates?

    SHEA does not offer group registrations or group rates. Registration is on an individual basis.

Abstracts

  • When can I submit an abstract?

    Abstract Submissions have closed for SHEA Spring 2024. Learn More. 

  • Do you have to be registered for the conference for your abstract to be published?

    Yes, you or another author will need to be registered to attend SHEA Spring for your abstract to be presented and published.

  • If I am selected for an Oral Abstract Presentation but can’t attend in person, can I present virtually?

    In-person attendance is required. If you are not able to be there, you will need to identify someone else to present.

  • Will onsite Poster Presentations be the same as previous Spring Conferences?

    We will do our best to keep the physical Poster Presentation Lunch hour as similar to years past.

Networking

  • Will there be networking opportunities?

    Yes! We know networking and seeing your fellow peers is a big draw of the conference. We will have many networking events to choose from. More information here.

COVID-19

  • Am I required to be vaccinated to attend in person?

    *Verification of COVID-19 vaccination status is no longer required for attendees, speakers, employees or guests to access SHEA Spring 2024.  Although no longer mandatory, SHEA strongly encourages all attendees to receive all CDC- recommended vaccines, including updated COVID-19 vaccines.

    *The Vaccination as a Condition of Attendance is subject to change.

  • Will there be safety procedures in place for in-person attendees?

    Verification of COVID-19 vaccination status is no longer required for attendees, speakers, employees or guests to access SHEA Spring 2024.  Although no longer mandatory, SHEA strongly encourages all attendees to receive all CDC- recommended vaccines, including updated COVID-19 vaccines.

    SHEA currently has a COVID Policy and Procedures Document that outlines all precautions we will be taking onsite at the conference.

General

  • Does SHEA Spring have an exhibit hall?

    SHEA does not offer an exhibit hall as our main focus is on education. However, we do have several sponsor opportunities! Learn more.

  • Who can I contact about general conference questions?

    You can email the Conference Team at LearningCE@shea-online.org. Please review all FAQs prior to contacting us, to ensure your question isn’t already covered above.