Can I attend the conference if I don’t work for a public health organization?

Absolutely! In fact, public health draws its strength from robust interdisciplinary collaboration. If you’re interested in sharing ideas and taking action to achieve a healthier Washington, this conference is for you.

 What time does the conference start and end?

The conference begins on Monday afternoon at 3pm. It ends on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. If you are coming for the whole conference, you will likely only need to book lodging on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Can I register for one day only?


Can I register on site?

You may register on site. However, please note that the costs are higher after the regular registration deadline ends.

What are the cancellation policies?

The Washington State Public Health Association incurs costs based on the number of expected attendees, and late cancellations impact our ability to continue to offer a high-quality conference and learning experience for our participants. WSPHA cannot offer refunds except on the schedule below.

3 months in advance (July 1st): 100% refund
2 months in advance (August 1st): 75% refund
1 month in advance (September 1st): 50% refund
Prior to September 15: 25% refund
After September 15: No refund

Can I register for one day only?

Yes. Presenters and moderators may register for the day of their presentation.

I can no longer attend the conference. Can I transfer my registration payment to someone else at my organization?

Yes. You may transfer the registration portion of your payment to a new attendee (WSPHA memberships are non-transferable). The new attendee will still need to complete the registration form and may be responsible for any remaining portion of their registration payment (if their registration rate is higher than yours). In addition, a registration transfer fee of $25 will apply if the transfer occurs after August 15.

Which meals are included? Should I budget for meals outside of the conference?

The conference includes breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Snacks will be available on Tuesday afternoon. Dinner on Monday and Tuesday are not included.

May I bring a guest to a meal?

Yes. It is an additional $25 per meal. Please email Kim Nguyen ([email protected]) to register your guest.

Will you be offering professional education credits?

Yes, pending approval. During the past few years, we have offered CME, CNE, CHES (Category 1), OP and RS credits. We are excited to announce that we have added CPH credits this year as well. Total credit hours will be approximately 12-13 for the conference. Fewer sessions are eligible for Registered Sanitarian credits (expect ~8-10 credit hours for RS). The conference program booklet will clarify which sessions earn which type of credits. You will receive this booklet upon arrival.

Will scholarships be available?

Yes. There are a limited number of scholarships available each year. They are awarded on a competitive basis to individuals with financial need. Scholarships include the cost of the conference registration and up to $100 towards transportation costs. Visit our Scholarship page for more information and application Join our mailing list to receive the scholarship announcement and deadline.

What is the dress code?

Business casual attire.

Are the hotel and convention center ADA-compliant facilities?

Yes. There are elevators in both locations and a ramp bridge that connects the hotel and convention center.

Is it possible to host an in-person organization or coalition meeting at the conference venue?

Yes. The WSPHA conference is a unique opportunity for organizations and coalitions to meet in-person with their colleagues from around the state. Please contact Kim Nguyen ([email protected]) to arrange for an available space and time (meeting times may not coincide with the conference programming). You will not be charged for meeting spaces. However, costs will apply if you want to order food for your group or you have special IT equipment needs that requires renting equipment.

For the past few years, the conference has been located in Wenatchee. Why is that?

Great question! Every year, we solicit bids from convention centers across the state large enough to host this conference. During the past few years, the Wenatchee Convention Center has offered the best value for money—enabling us to keep costs down for attendees and presenters. Another reason for Wenatchee is the central location, providing easy access for people coming from all locations across Washington. Wenatchee also has the advantage of lower per diem costs than many other cities and complimentary parking.

What are my lodging options?

The Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel is the most convenient lodging option since it is adjacent to the Convention Center where the Conference will be held. Make reservation as soon as possible because rooms do sell out. Other near by options include the Red Lion and Comfort Inn.

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