HACA looks forward to welcoming members to our annual Chapter Education Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, at the Ernst Cultural Center in Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a session on payer cost-sharing practices with Kollet Koulianos, MBA, president of P3 Consultants. She has a long history in the bleeding disorders community and is very knowledgeable on topics such as accumulator adjustors and co-pay maximizers.
Following the general session, we will have two breakout sessions, one for parents and families of a child with a bleeding disorder, and the other track for adults with a bleeding disorder.
The first session will take place from 11:15-noon, and the second from 1:30-2:30. The parents’ session will be in the main room, with the adult sessions in the President’s Dining Room right off the main room.
For the parents’ track, first up is Dr. Michael Guerrera of the Children’s Hospital HTC to talk about participation in sports for children with a bleeding disorder. The afternoon session will be “Don’t Fear the Poke” with a speaker from the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation (NBDF). This session will explore needle fear and phobia and will provide you with essential skills to navigate the daunting task.
For the adult track, we will start off the day with a session on “Mental Health: A Deep Dive” with a speaker from NBDF. This workshop will investigate mental health issues seen in the bleeding disorders community and provide innovative skills and resources to you. In the afternoon, Dr. Michael Guerrera of Children’s National Hospital is back for another opportunity to “Ask a Doctor” about any topic, including the innovative new therapies that are now available to patients.
Between each track will be lunch in the main room starting around noon with the annual meeting led by Callie Victor, vice-president of the HACA Board of Directors. There will be time to enjoy lunch, visit with our exhibitors and visit with your fellow HACA members.
HACA is pleased to announce that we will have interpreters on hand again this year to work with our Spanish-speaking community members. Handouts will also be provided in Spanish.
We are also thrilled that the staff from Camp Holiday Trails will be there to provide a day of pop-up camp for the kids and teens! There will be a variety of camp activities provided indoors and outdoors for kids ages 7-18. If you plan to bring your child to participate in camp activities, please register by Sunday, March 3. Your child will not be able to participate if you do not register by this date.
And as in past years, childcare for children through age 6 will be provided by White House Nannies.
If you have transportation issues, please indicate this in your registration and we will work with you to provide a gas card, Uber or other assistance.
See the complete 2024 HACA Calendar of Events.