August 2016
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Katie’s Korner
Washington, DC here we come!

With the 2016 Public Health Law Conference just 3 weeks away (gulp), I was asked to write Katie’s Korner as a “Know Before You Go” piece about Washington, DC. I am excited to be heading to the Nation’s Capital for so many reasons. DC is a professional, vibrant, interesting city with tons of stuff to do.  I also can’t wait to get to DC because it will be a sort-of homecoming for me. Fresh out of college, I started my career in DC helping plan the dedication events for the Korean War Veterans Memorial.  After that, I worked for the Greater Washington Board of Trade planning networking events for the business community. I am excited to bring the Public Health Law Conference to DC. It is a great meeting to begin with and being in a new city is sure to invigorate and enhance the overall experience for attendees. I am not sure if it is possible for you to be as excited as I am, but I hope my enthusiasm and energy spreads!  

Even though I am no longer a local, I’d like to share with you a few things you should “Know before you Go to DC” for the 2016 Public Health Law Conference.

Use the Metro

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – or simply known as “the Metro” is the public transportation system in the DC area.  Use it! It is a super convenient way to get around the whole area.  In fact, if you are flying into Ronald Reagan International Airport (it was just National when I was there), you can hop on the Metro at the airport and for a few bucks take the blue line to Metro Center station which is located at the Grand Hyatt. The Metro is fast, clean, efficient, and so easy.  Click here for more information about the Metro.  

Stay at the Grand Hyatt

All conference sessions will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington located at 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC. The hotel is within walking distance to tons of sites that you’ll want to visit.  A special conference rate of $275 per night is available. Be sure to make your reservation by August 29, 2016. To make a reservation use the dedicated online link:  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2016PublicHealthConf.

Be Our Guest

Don’t miss the Friday evening reception at the National Museum of Women in the Arts! After a full day of sessions, stroll over to the beautiful museum located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW (just a few blocks from the Grand Hyatt). Enjoy light refreshments, network with colleagues, and explore the museum.  The reception is included in your registration fee so plan to attend. To preview current exhibitions, go to http://www.nmwa.org/.  

Get the Mobile App

In 1995, during my first major event in DC, I used 2 walkie-talkies and a government issued cell phone that looked like something from the set of Clueless. Who didn’t love a good flip phone?! Technology has advanced quite a bit since then. We have created a mobile app for the upcoming conference. The app will help attendees get all sorts of information right from their smart phones.  Go to the app store and search for the 2016 Public Health Law Conference.  


Bring an Umbrella and Dress in Layers

Washington, DC is hot and humid. Pack an umbrella because it could rain any day. Dress in layers because it may be hot and humid outside, but it is air-conditioned and often freezing inside.

From reading this it is probably pretty obvious that I am excited to go to DC for the 2016 Public Health Law Conference.  I hope our attendees are getting excited too.  It is going to be a great conference! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about the conference.  

See you in DC!

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