We are excited that you plan to join us in San Diego. As a first time attendee, we hope to provide you with everything you need to know about the National Oral Health Conference. Beginning with how to register for the conference all the way to applying for CE credits after the conference has ended and everything in between.
Here are a few things to get you started:
When will online registration begin?
Registration will open in January, 2020.
How do I register?
NOHC uses an online registration website. All registrations must be done online, no exceptions. If you have questions regarding registration, you may contact the NOHC Office via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-217-529-6503, ext 102.
How much is registration?
Registration rates are to be determined and will depend on your membership status of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) or the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).
|Early Bird Rate
(Through February 24, 2020)
(February 25 - March 23, 2020)
|Late & On-site
(Starts March 24, 2020)
*To qualify for the member rate, you must be a current member of either ASTDD or AAPHD at the time you complete your registration. All registrations will remain pending until current membership is verified and may be subject to the Non-Member rates if membership is not current. Memberships to both ASTDD and AAPHD are individual memberships.
**If you register as a non-member, AAPHD will offer you a complimentary membership through December 31, 2020. Only applicable to those registering for the full conference (April 6-8).
# To qualify for student rate, you must be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate, dental, dental hygiene, public health) at least 50% time or currently enrolled in an advanced education program. Proof of status is required.
¥ One-day registration fees apply to each day of attendance.
What's included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes access to education sessions Mon-Wed, CE, Sunday Opening Reception, continental breakfast Mon-Wed, and breaks Mon-Wed. Printed programs will not be provided. Registered attendees will receive an email with a link to print the onsite program before arriving in San Diego. All conference information will be available in the mobile App. An email will be sent to all registered attendees when the mobile app is available to download.
New for 2020-Attendees have advised us that they would like the NOHC to be more proactive in reducing waste (paper and food) and also be more environmentally-friendly. In doing so, attendees will be required to register for lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The registration fee is $18.00/lunch and must be added during the online registration process. If lunch is not added, attendees will be considered on their own for lunch. Lunch tickets will ONLY be provided to those who have registered and paid for lunches. Note: Lunches cannot be guaranteed for registrations completed after March 27, 2020.
Lunch on Your Own? There are a number of dining options on-site and within a short ride off-site. Visit the Explore San Diego tab for suggestions.
How can I pay my registration fee?
All registrations must be paid in full at the time of registration to be considered confirmed. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted.
Attendees who wish to pay with a check must contact the NOHC office for instructions. Checks must be postmarked by February 24, 2020, to qualify for the earlybird registration rate. Registrations after February 25, 2020, will be at the regular registration rate and checks must be postmarked by March 23, 2020, to qualify for the regular registration rate. Registrations after March 24, 2020, must be paid in full with a credit card at the time of registration. Registrations are not considered confirmed until paid in full. Checks or cash will not be accepted on-site. No exceptions.
What are the registration deadlines?
What happens if I register but cannot attend the conference?
If you registered for the conference but cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Transfer requests must be submitted in writing and received in the NOHC office no later than 5:00 pm CST, March 13, 2020, via email at email@example.com and acknowledged in writing by an NOHC staff member. The applicable registration rates will apply to the new attendee. NOHC does not accept telephone transfers.
If you cannot transfer the registation to another attendee, your cancellation request must be submitted in writing and received in the NOHC office no later than 5:00 pm CST, March 13, 2020, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and acknowledged in writing by an NOHC staff member. NOHC does not accept telephone cancellations.
Where do I stay?
The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina will host all weekend workshops, conference sessions and meetings. See the Venue Information tab for details.
How do I get from the airport to hotel?
If you are arriving into the San Diego International Airport, there is a complimentary hotel airport shuttle runs every 20 – 25 minutes starting at 4:45 AM until Midnight to the San Diego International Airport. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For detailed information including specific pick up locations in terminals 1, 2 and 3, please call 619-291-2900. Click here for a link to the hotel fact sheet with other details about check in/out time, driving directions, parking costs, etc.
Additional information regarding Ride Share can be found on the San Diego International Airport's website.
Can I bring a guest or spouse?
Registered attendees can purchase a guest pass for the full conference or for the day. A guest is a spouse, partner, friend or family member (18 years and older) who is accompanied by a registered attendee and is not employed in the dental or dental public health field. Note: At events where alcohol is served, no one under 21 years of age is permitted.
The fees are as follows:
Attendees must complete their online registration and contact the NOHC Office to add a guest pass. Guest Passes must be paid in full when added to the registration. Staff cannot guarantee availability on-site.
Where and when can I check-in?
The NOHC registration desk location and hours are as follows.
|Saturday||7:00 am - 5:00pm||Executive Foyer-Marina Tower|
|Sunday||7:00 am - 3:00pm||Executive Foyer-Marina Tower|
|Monday||7:00 am - 5:00pm||Bayview Foyer-Marina Tower|
|Tuesday||7:00 am - 5:00pm||Bayview Foyer-Marina Tower|
|Wednesday||7:00 am - 3:00pm||Bayview Foyer-Marina Tower|
What is there a dress code for the conference?
All conference functions are business casual attire unless otherwise noted. Please keep in mind that meeting room temperatures vary. You may want to bring a jacket or sweater to all sessions.
Will there be networking and social opportunities?
Yes, NOHC has several networking opportunities for first time attendees as well as seasoned attendees:
What if I have a dietary restrictions?
NOHC will work with the venue to accommodate the following dietary needs; Allergies, Gluten-free, Vegan and Vegetarian. Attendees will be asked to indicate dietary needs during the online registration process.
Is internet available?
Yes. Internet is provided in the meeting rooms. Attendees will be provided with internet access information upon check-in.
How do I find the people who are interested in the same things as me, so that I can we can share stories and learn from one another?
The best way to find the people who are interested in the same things as you are, is to attend sessions or roundtables or visit posters about topics in which you have an interest and then strike up a conversation with other attendees.
There are several opportunities to network and you should do as much of it as you can because networking is where the real good stuff happens. NOHC is not only for people who work in dental public health, but for everyone who cares about oral health for the public. Even if they come from a completely different background, they are at the conference because they care about the same things you care about.
Who can I to go to for questions?
If you have questions, feel free to ask the conference staff, either of the ASTDD or AAPHD Executive Directors, the ASTDD and AAPHD Presidents, or an “NOHC Ambassadors.” You can identify them because they will be wearing an “Ask me” button. You can also visit the AAPHD or ASTDD exhibit booths and meet the members who are working the booth or strike up a conversation with other booth visitors.
Should I try to attend all the sessions and events?
Instead of rushing around and packing every minute of the agenda, it’s important to take breaks and get to know/learn from other attendees.
Should I really attend the Sunday Opening Reception?
The Sunday Opening Reception is where NOHC attendees love to have fun! So plan to see a side of your NOHC friends you haven’t seen before!
How can I get the presentation slides?
Registered attendees will be able to download the PowerPoint presentation slides on the app before the session even starts, if provided by the speaker.
If a workshop I want to attend is full, can I still get in?
If you were not able to pre-register for a workshop you can go to the room in which the workshop will be held and ask the Session Coordinator if there are any empty slots available. Only the Session Coordinator can determine if and when non-registered attendees are allowed into the session room if pre-registered attendees do not show up to claim their seat. Workshop attendance limits were set by the Session Coordinators upon submission as they are designed to be an experiential and interactive learning opportunity for participants.
Can I get CEUs?
Yes, there are two types of CE credit available to NOHC attendees:
What is the deadline to apply for CE credits?
For ADA CERP, you have until December 31, 2020, to complete the tasks and print your CE certificate. After this deadline, NOHC staff will not be able to generate the CE certificate if the required tasks were not completed before the deadline. No exceptions.