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Conference FAQs

The following are frequently asked questions about EOS Connection 2019, APFED’s Patient Education Conference.

What is EOS Connection?

EOS Connection is APFED’s Annual Patient Education Conference. This event, now in our 17th year, is a terrific opportunity to meet patients and families, learn about eosinophil-associated diseases (EADs), gain practical management strategies, and hear research updates from experts in the field.

Why should I attend?

Throughout the years this conference has been held, thousands come together to learn about eosinophil-associated diseases. Patients and family members gain practical tips for day-to-day living, and to learn the latest breakthroughs in disease research. Health care professionals enhance their understanding of these diseases and patient needs, and advance their careers through this amazing learning opportunity.

Eos Connection 2019 promises to be no different! Attendees will learn approaches to management of eosinophil-associated diseases, the latest research and interact with patients, caregivers, and health care professionals. Dynamic sessions, Q&A opportunities and informal gatherings will allow you to tap into a knowledgeable, forward-thinking community that will inspire and empower you.

The conference also provides an opportunity to make new and lifelong connections with other patients and caregivers who “get it”! 

Is there a dress code for attendees?

This is a professional, yet family-friendly conference. We suggest business-casual to casual, and encourage you to wear what is comfortable for you! The conference rooms may be a little cool, so you may want to bring a sweater.  

My child is under the age of 11. Can he/she attend sessions with me?

No. Children under the age of 11 are not permitted in the conference sessions. It cost-prohibitive to bring a formal childcare program onsite. As in year’s past, we will offer opportunities for children ages 10 and under to get together and socialize with one another (refer to our agenda to see the events that welcome children ages 10 and under). We will offer additional activities throughout the conference weekend for children ages 10 and under who are accompanied by a chaperone. A materials fee will be collected so that our volunteers may purchase supplies for these activities. We are happy to provide a list of local babysitting services for those who wish to explore those options. Additionally, the EleCare(R) Travel Grants may be used to offset costs related to childcare. Thank you for understanding. 

Is the conference only for patients, or are health care providers encouraged to attend?

The conference is open to anyone wishing to learn more about eosinophil-associated diseases. Health care providers, allied health care professionals, and others who are interested in EADs will find the sessions beneficial. CME/CEU credits are not offered, however, we will produce a certificate of participation, if requested.  

I have dietary restrictions. Will I be able to eat at the conference?

A continental breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided to registered conference attendees on Saturday and we will offer light fare at our social mixer on Saturday evening. We work hard to provide options for those following elimination diets.

APFED works with the catering staff to avoid cross-contact and we provide ingredient recommendations. We work to ensure catering staff labels all ingredients carefully, and that buffet items are separated with designated serving utensils. Please be cautious, read all food labels, and be aware that some foods may contain ingredients that you should avoid. To provide for conference attendees who have formula or other dietary needs, we will provide a Hospitality Suite for food storage and preparation. The suite includes a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, sink, dish soap, paper towels, and disposable tableware. This room will be staffed and open during posted hours, Thursday-Sunday. Conference attendees can gain access to this suite outside of the posted hours. More information will be provided onsite at check-in. 

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Our conferences are a success thanks to the generosity of our volunteers! We often have tasks leading up to the conference, and onsite at the conference during that weekend. To add your name to our volunteer list, please contact Lisa Brunet at lisa@apfed.org. We may not have something to assign you right away, but we will keep your contact information handy. Please note that we cannot waive conference fees for volunteers.  

I came last year, should I come again?

Yes! The conference provides an opportunity to re-connect with other patients and caregivers who “get it” as well as make new friends! Each conference explores the most recent research and treatment updates from experts in the field, and provides fresh perspective on a variety of practical strategies. 

Where can I connect with other conference attendees?

Join our conference Facebook group to connect with others, find out up-to-date information, and get your questions answered. 

Is there financial assistance available to help defray costs of attending the conference?

You may be eligible to apply for an EleCare® Travel Grant, which will waive conference registration and provide up to $500 in travel assistance.

Otherwise, please send a letter to APFED stating your need and a request for waived conference registration. Please note that APFED does not have the means to provide, nor reimburse for lodging, food or travel.

Finally, we are excited to offer once again this year a virtual conference registration option for selected sessions. The registration fee is $25 and provides you the opportunity to participate live, or access the on-demand recording up to three months after the conference. Support groups may register with one registration and host a “viewing” party. To participate virtually, select the Virtual Registration option from the Registration link.  

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be received in writing (mail@apfed.org) by 5pm ET on Thursday, July 11 to receive a full refund of registration fees. After that time, no refunds will be issued. We will ship conference materials to paid registrants who are unable to attend. Hotel cancellations must be made separately. Please see the hotel cancellation policy for any charges that may be incurred.

For more information about EOS Connection 2019, please visit the following pages or contact us at conference@apfed.org.