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Relias Press Release

Annual Healthcare Conference To Feature Global Experts, Academics

Virtual Event Includes Focus on Diversity/Inclusion, Release of 2021 State of Healthcare Training Report, and the Impact of COVID-19

MORRISVILLE, NC – Relias, a trusted partner to more than 11,000 healthcare organizations and 4.5 million caregivers, will host its annual Impact Nation conference next month. With an emphasis on staff training and development, the conference brings together healthcare leaders, educators, and noted experts from around the country to discuss trends facing the industry, including health equity, staffing, and the impact of COVID-19. This year’s virtual event, to be held September 21 and 22, will feature keynote addresses from Harvard psychologist Susan David, Ph.D., and emergency room physician Michele Harper, M.D.

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The closing keynote will be delivered by Dr. Harper at 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 22. She has been an emergency room physician for more than a decade at a variety of institutions, serving as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. Her keynote will include her professional experiences with racism and sexism in healthcare and the country at-large, as well as what it is like to grieve and rebuild from trauma by working through the hurt, diagnosis, and recovery process.

“We are incredibly fortunate that Dr. David and Dr. Harper will address Impact Nation to share their personal and professional experiences that will no doubt inspire and educate us on the need for change and meaningful, results-oriented action plans to level the playing field and encourage equity and inclusion,” said Dr. Leigh Steiner, a behavioral health solutions consultant at Relias and former commissioner of Mental Health for the State of Illinois.

In a keynote session on September 22, Relias will also release the findings of the fourth edition of its State of Healthcare Training & Staff Development report, which includes survey data from more than 1,250 U.S. healthcare professionals. The report is one of the leading resources addressing industry trends on practice and performance indicators and includes recommendations to improve communications; staff development and training; wellness and selfcare; and diversity, inclusion, and equity. The report includes data on the effectiveness of training and an analysis of investments in these programs.

“In the wake of staggering numbers of deaths, employees have been and continue to experience significant, tangible impact from moral distress, or moral injury,” said Trish Richardson, MSN, BSBA, RN, NE-BC, CMSRN, director of post-acute care solutions at Relias. “Staff are losing residents, patients, and colleagues in addition to the fear realized when considering they themselves may become infected with COVID-19. Healthcare organizations are beginning to realize this impact and prioritize the availability of essential tools and resources.”

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Designed to empower healthcare leaders and educators and elevate the performance of care teams, Impact Nation will offer more than 30 free breakout sessions. Included again this year are specialized tracks with focused topics such as staff retention and diversity and inclusion. The latter will address health equity and how to support marginalized populations. New this year is a one-day workshop with sessions focused on the Relias platform created specifically for Relias clients. This will take place on September 20, prior to the full conference.

Register now for virtual tickets to Impact Nation.

About Relias

Relias provides lifelong workforce enablement solutions for 12,000 healthcare and human services organizations and 4.5 million caregivers to drive measurable outcomes. Customers use Relias solutions to attract and retain talent, elevate care quality and reduce risk with our technology, services, community, and expertise. The Relias family of brands — Nurse.com, Wound Care Education Institute, Relias Academy, FreeCME, and Relias Media — serves the entire healthcare community and shares a common goal of improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those who care for them. 

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