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Aug. 26, 2011

Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

The ASHHRA 47th Annual Conference is only two weeks away. Registration is still open. The ASHHRA Housing Bureau online reservation system via Passkey is officially closed.

Beginning Aug. 25, contact the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel — Reservations Department at 1-866-837-4213 to make or change a hotel reservation. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the ASHHRA annual conference.

Please note:
  • The discounted rate of $199 is no longer guaranteed, and is based on availability
  • A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed to any reservation canceled in its entirety
  • Any reservation canceled in its entirety within 72 hours of arrival is subject to one night's room and tax penalty (see Cancellation Policy for further details).

Also, see this IFD webinar:

Key Drivers and Tools for Cultural Competence: The Importance of Quality Interactions

Presenter: Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., MPH
When: Tuesday, Aug. 30
Time: 10:00 p.m. PT, 11:00 p.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. ET
Duration: 90 Minutes
Price: Free for institute members — $80 for non-institute members.
Click HERE for more information and to register



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