Ready for the 2012 SHIP Conference?

By Vicki Dufrene, Louisiana SHIP Director

Late spring means the annual SHIP conference is on its way—the 18th Annual SHIP Director’s Conference will be held June 4—7 in Atlanta.

It’s hard for me to believe that almost a year has passed since I found myself surrounded by dear friends and colleagues trying to absorb as much information as possible to help us better serve the aging network in our respective states.

This year’s theme is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow…Navigating Healthcare Changes Together.”  Health reform is on the horizon and this conference will give us insight and information to guide our staff, partners and volunteers through the maze of new challenges that will face us as we prepare for 2014.

It’s also a great opportunity to network, share best practices, talk about lessons learned, and learn about new Medicare programs and initiatives.

I’m looking forward to seeing my peers, friends and confidants, as they have proven to be a valuable asset—and even a source of comfort—over the past year.  At last year’s conference, I received a call from my office advising that two of my co-workers were killed in the line of duty.  As my staff and I gathered together to understand what was being told to us, the SHIP network extended their hearts, arms and prayers to comfort us when we needed it the most.  At this conference I hope to thank each one personally for their loving support and encouragement.

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