Obesity Medicine 2020 and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CANCELLED: OMA Spring Conference in Phoenix
Effective March 12, 2020
The Obesity Medicine Association’s (OMA) Board of Trustees has been regularly monitoring the current information on the Coronavirus Pandemic and has met this week to review the latest reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities in Arizona where the OMA Spring Conference event is scheduled to be held during the first week of April, 2020. In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the CDC has recommended cancelling or postponing large gatherings, such as conventions or large community events and the governor of Arizona has declared a public health emergency due to the rise in Coronavirus cases in Arizona. To prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus and protect its workers, institutions across the country are restricting travel, making it impossible for many who have registered for the OMA Spring Conference to attend and enjoy the meeting.
The health and safety of OMA attendees, staff, exhibitors and sponsors, and the local community are our highest priority. By holding the OMA Spring Conference, we might not only put attendees at risk, but we may also displace important healthcare workers such as yourself during this public health crisis. This is an unprecedented public health emergency that is clearly impacting not only the OMA, but everyone around the world. As such, it is with a very heavy heart, that I am reporting to you that out of an abundance of caution, the OMA Board of Trustees has decided to cancel the OMA Spring Conference in Phoenix.
We will continue to update everyone who has registered for the meeting with information regarding registration fees in another communication, which will be coming in the next few days. We are exploring a digital format option that would allow you to receive some of the great education that was scheduled to be in Phoenix; stay tuned for more information.
Like you, the OMA conferences are one of the highlights of my professional life each year and I am sure that you are just as disappointed as I am to hear this news. I would like to say a special thank you to the OMA Board of Trustees and our staff who have poured so much into this meeting.
Thank you very much for your support, and your commitment to the Obesity Medicine Association.
Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA