NatCon18 – A Healthcare Conference Like None I’ve Ever Attended Before
|Photo Credit: @AdamJBecker|
The 2018 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference (NatCon18) taking place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center renewed my excitement for healthcare conferences. The venue was very clean, well appointed and accessible, the ‘conference content’ was attractive and interesting, conference ‘support opportunities’ were quite unique, and the attendees were – at least to me – atypical; to paraphrase Wallace of ‘Wallace & Gromit’ fame: ‘the NatCon18 event was like no conference I’ve ever attended.’
What Made the NatCon18 Event a Unique Healthcare Event?
A Nice, Accessible & Reasonable Healthcare Conference Venue
Behavioral Healthcare Conference Content
The sessions covered a good mix of both ‘business’ and technical topics share via various digital and hardcopy format. One thing I’m looking forward to are the poster sessions available of the huge touch screens located in the ballroom lobby area.
The following are some resources to learn more about the NatCon18 event:
Support Services – Becoming More Common at Healthcare Conferences
One of the interesting aspects of the NatCon18 event was that the organizers provided a good range of ‘support services’ that I’ve only recently begun to see at other larger events. The following are among the services I’m talking about:
- Wellness Rooms
- A Mother’s Room
- Free Headshots – and not just cheapies but attendees were fawned over by makeup artists from Nordstroms
- Free Massages
- Manicures and Hair Stylists – Relache Spa
- An Oxygen Bar
- Take-a-Break Lounge – with lava lamps!
- LinkedIn Bar – To help enhance personal profiles
- Film Festival – showing behavioral health movies
- Quiet Spaces – An entire set of rooms were available for people to use on-demand
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Non-Traditional Services & Diversions Not Seen at Healthcare Conferences
- AA Meetings
- Transcendental Meditation Sessions
- ‘Pet-a-Pup’ Park
- A pseudo-sandy beach – Complete with Adirondack chairs, beach balls and a view of the Potomac river
- A couple billiard and ping-pong tables
- Corn Hole game
- A Coloring Wall
- Bocce Ball lane
And Cheap Psychiatric Help – actually really good lemonade – that was free – not 5 cents as most psychiatrists charge. 🙂
A Note About NatCon18 Event Attendees, Speakers & Exhibitors
See this post about ‘Ideas for Adding Value to Healthcare Conferences DURING the Event’
The NatCon18 event gave me the impression that it was a more informative, openly sharing and consultative experience rather than the more technology-focused, hard sell often experienced at many of today’s healthcare conferences.
More About the 2018 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference
In a following post I’ll share more details about the NatCon18 event including more links to available conference content, information created and shared by other NatCon18 attendees, some social media highlights and any interesting pictures and graphics I can find.