An Update on the Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience as we considered all options for the next Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care. We are so eager to meet as a community. But we are also mindful of the toll the last year has had on everyone, personally and organizationally, as well as the uncertainty of what is to come over the next several months as the pandemic persists.

All these factors have been part of our deliberations over the last several months. Like all of you this last year, we have had to make some tough choices. We have now decided on a conference plan that will accommodate a range of organizational needs and individual preferences – and most importantly puts the safety and well-being of you, your teams and our team first.
Announcing Two Planetree Conference Events in 2022!

We have heard you. We understand you too are very eager to gather in-person to share experiences and promising practices – and to chart a person-centered path forward for patients, families and healthcare workers around the world.

And so, we will be postponing the 2021 Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care, originally slated to be held in October 2021. The new dates are May 22-24, 2022 in Anaheim, California.

We will also hold a SECOND event later in 2022, from November 1-4, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.

That’s right! You’ll have TWO opportunities in 2022 to meet with Planetree International and Language of Caring staff, to share your promising practices in person-centered care and caring communication, and to connect with others within our global community of practice. The two events will share a common theme and will be organized around similar content tracks. They will both feature inspiring keynotes and both will include a long overdue in-person celebration of excellence in person-centered care.

We’ll be sharing much more about these two events over the next several months, and we invite your ideas and questions as we launch into conference planning.

In the meantime, please see below for some answers to questions we anticipate you may have.
Why hold two conferences?
Holding a conference on each coast of the United States enables us to limit the number of attendees at each to comply with safety recommendations. These smaller, more intimate events will provide even more opportunities to network and get to know colleagues from around the world. Plus, it provides you the opportunity to attend the conference that is most convenient for you and your team.

Will we be able to participate in the conferences remotely?
The two conferences will be in-person only. At this time, we are not planning a hybrid option. Therefore, there will not be an opportunity to participate virtually.

What will be different about the two events?
Besides the location and time of year, the differences will be driven by the participants. As always, breakout sessions will be presented by attendees. Therefore, though the conference tracks will be the same at both conferences, the specific breakouts will depend on who attends. Anyone who registers to attend one of the events will have access to the content from the other. (Note this will include slide decks and handouts, but will not include recordings of breakouts.)

How will I know which event to attend? Can I attend both?
This is entirely up to you! Holding two conferences enables you to select the dates and location that are most convenient for you. And yes, anyone is invited to attend both. One consideration for organizations may be to send different groups to both conferences to maximize participation while minimizing disruption to work back at the organization.

What is the cost to attend?
Registration fees for the 2022 events have not yet been finalized, but pricing will be comparable to Planetree International conference registration fees from 2019. Discounts will be provided for members, presenters and those who register early.

Will I have the opportunity to submit a proposal to present a breakout session?
Stay tuned for more information on ALL the ways you’ll be able to participate in the conference.

Will you be presenting awards to sites that have achieved Certification and individuals who earned the Fellows in Person-Centered Care credential?
Yes, absolutely…and we’re looking forward to it! There will be an awards ceremony as part of both events.

Will both conferences include an exhibit hall with sponsors?
Yes, we value the opportunity to connect attendees with our sponsor partners. There will be a range of sponsorship opportunities associated with both conferences. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, please email conference@planetree.org.

I miss connecting with others in the Planetree International and Language of Caring communities. Will there be any opportunities for shared learning and networking in 2021?
We miss it too! We are exploring opportunities for virtual networking events this year and will continue to offer free webinars.  

I have a few more questions. Who should I contact?
Feel free to reach out to your Planetree International or Language of Caring coach directly, or email conference@planetree.org.