The AHA’s Association for Health Care Volunteers Resource Professionals will host its 50th annual conference and exposition Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 in Chicago.

AHVRP – an AHA professional membership group – is the premier membership society for health care volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. This year’s conference theme is “Golden Opportunities: Patients, Communities, You!” It honors our rich past, listens to the present needs in the community and plans for the future role as the health care collaborator and organizational business partner of health care volunteer management leaders.

This year’s plenary speakers include:

  • Nancy Howell Agee: Chair of the AHA Board of Trustees and president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va. 
  • Charles “Peanut” Tillman: Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, founder of Cornerstone Foundation, health care disruptor, author and community change agent
  • Vicki Hess, R.N.: Nurse, trainer, author, health care change agent and cancer survivor
  • Mandy Harvey: Songwriter, recording artist, author, spokesperson for No Barriers USA and Invisible Disabilities

At the conference, you can trade ideas with subject matter experts, learn from today’s foremost thought leaders, and evaluate current best practices and data driven programs, all while building a powerful community of colleagues, business partners and friends.
Attendees also will gain information on the latest volunteer programs, initiatives and ideas presented by subject matter experts in the field. In addition, they can network with leaders on the latest technology, best practices and innovations in the volunteer management field.

The 35th Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence and the State Auxiliary Leaders’ Summit will be held during the AHVRP conference.

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Ursula Pawlowski is the governance and operations manager for AHVRP.

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