An Update on the 2021 Planetree International Conference on Person-Centered Care
The Planetree International Conference annually brings Planetree and Language of Caring clients and other person-centered care champions from around the world together as a community of practice committed to humanizing healthcare. Virtual meetings, webinars and hangouts have helped us all to stay connected this past year, but we are looking forward to stepping away from our screens and meeting in-person – but only when we can do so safely and responsibly.

Looking Ahead. The Planetree Conference – What To Expect
At this time, we are actively exploring options for the next Planetree International Conference. Like many of you, we are very eager to plan ahead, but also struggling to anticipate what Fall 2021 holds in store. We want you to know that we are considering all options and will plan to share more of those plans with you in March 2021.

What we DO know
While questions about the where, when and how of the next conference remain uncertain, here is what we DO know:

  • The event will be inspiring and content-rich, produced in a way that is safe, responsible and inclusive.

  • Programs and sessions will focus on lessons learned from the pandemic, as well as successful strategies for remaining person-centered in times of crisis.

  • Given shortened timeframes, we will modify the typical way we invite participation in the conference. Rather than a traditional request for presentations process, presentations from Planetree members, Language of Caring clients and others will be by invitation. We will let you know when we begin this process and you will have an opportunity to reach out to your contacts(s) in our offices with suggestions for sessions you believe would be of value to our international community of practice.

  • After a year hiatus, the Spirit of Planetree Awards will return, very likely in a hybrid modality. Indeed, honoring caregivers will be a key focus – as it should be! Stay tuned for details in March about the award process.

Thank you for your patience as we consider all the possibilities for an engaging, enriching and safe 2021 Planetree International event. We will be in touch soon with more details.

Stay safe and we WILL meet again soon!