The ASHHRA Annual Conference on Meeting the Challenge and Making a Difference

Health care human resources leaders are at the forefront of a constantly evolving health care landscape, and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association (AHA), is the premier organization supporting HR leaders in the health care field. ASHHRA brought together HR leaders from across the nation for the ASHHRA 54th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 15 – 18, in Pittsburgh – to connect with each other for new ideas, best practices, thought leadership and innovation.

The conference focused on the theme, Meeting the Challenge and Making a Difference, to highlight the always-changing health care environment – from physician reimbursement, hospital quality measure, legislative updates, the increasing workforce shortage and more. Attendees from all career levels – new to the profession, C-suite and everyone in between – attended learning sessions tailored specifically for the health care HR field. The conference offered timely and informative education carefully curated by the Annual Conference Committee, innovative ideas and solutions from exhibitors at the exposition and valuable face to face networking opportunities throughout. Attendees also earned continuing education credits to maintain their certifications for CHHR, HRCI, SHRM and ACHE.

Preconference Workshops on Saturday, Sept. 15, offered full-day immersive learning along with the Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR) exam in the afternoon. The conference officially kicked off at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a keynote presentation by Aneesh Chopra, the first ever U.S. Chief Technology Officer of the United States, appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009. The Monday Motivational Breakfast featured a keynote presentation by three-time Paralympian and the first American amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Jeff Glasbrenner. Rounding out the conference experience, The Water Coolers energized attendees with thought-provoking humor on Tuesday at the Closing Ceremony Brunch.

Save the date for the ASHHRA 55th Annual Conference & Exposition, Sept. 21 – 24, 2019, in Chicago!


Founded in 1964, the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and has approximately 3,000 members nationwide. ASHHRA leads the way for members to become more effective, valued, and credible leaders in health care human resources. As the foremost authority in health care HR, ASHHRA provides timely and critical support through research, learning and knowledge sharing, professional development, products and resources, and provides opportunities for networking and collaboration. ASHHRA also offers the only certification distinguishing health care HR professionals, the Certified in Healthcare Human Resources (CHHR).

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