National TB Conference

The National TB Conference

2020 National TB Conference on May 27-29 in Minneapolis Is Cancelled

April 2, 2020

To Our Colleagues,

The 2020 National TB Conference originally scheduled for May 27-29, 2020 in Minneapolis will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing public health crisis.

The National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) Board based this decision on guidance issued by federal and state governments; concern for the health of our attendees, faculty, exhibitors, and staff; reports of the extra time and effort that the COVID-19 response demands of those in public health; and reports of the travel restrictions placed on public health employees by state governments. We are grateful for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis leadership with whom we worked to negotiate this cancellation.

Although we are cancelling the in-person conference, we are committed to providing education and networking for TB care and prevention in a way that acknowledges the workload you all face during this unprecedented public health crisis. The planning committee had identified a stellar program and had secured commitments from national voices to present; we do not want to lose the opportunity to present cutting-edge content to our TB community. Consequently, NTCA leadership and conference planners are exploring options for providing conference sessions online later this year. Discovery and planning are underway, and we will announce next steps as more information becomes available.

We have prepared a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document addressing many of the questions we anticipate you will have following the news of the conference cancellation. This FAQ can be accessed here. This will be a living document with updates as we field additional questions from our membership and the larger TB community.

For those of you who have registered, and paid, for the conference, NTCA staff is working to issue refunds for registration fees. For those of you who have registered but not paid, we will send a cancellation email for your files. If you are holding reservations at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, please remember to cancel your reservation, it will not be done automatically. We will be in communication with registrants in the next 10 days.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this change in planning for the 2020 national conference and extend our acknowledgement of the challenging and important work you do to protect and heal those in our communities.

In partnership,

Pete Dupree, MPH, Conference Planning Committee Chairperson and President-elect
Julie Higashi, MD, PhD, NTCA President