Conference Planning Committee

Purpose

 
The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for helping to select the education sessions for AIHce. While the AIHA staff is ultimately responsible for the educational content of AIHce, the CPC is representative of the AIHce audience and brings the subject matter expertise and the perspective of the conference attendee to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose. Their input is critical to building a dynamic education program and they help ensure that AIHce provides OEHS professionals with the scientific and practical information they need to help them enhance the health and well-being of workers and the community. 
 
Goal 1: Develop a program for AIHce that meets the professional and educational needs of the profession. 
  • Ensure that AIHce education is of high quality and addresses current issues of OEHS professionals
  • Develop the conference program by peer review of submitted session proposals based upon established review criteria
  • Provide feedback on the non-technical program
Goal 2: Provide long-range planning for continuous improvement of the technical quality of AIHce.
  • Offer assistance and guidance as needed to presenters and other session personnel
  • Identify feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement of AIHce
  • Incorporate recommended initiatives, strategies, outcomes, and guidance for AIHce 

Composition 

 
The CPC is comprised of 12 individuals representing a cross-section of OEHS practice. Committee members are selected to ensure a balance of
  • Industry sectors (e.g., corporate, academia, consulting, government, consulting) 
  • Early, mid, and late-career professionals 
  • Geographic regions 
  • Gender, areas of specialty, and other factors to create as diverse a committee as is reasonably possible. 
Each CPC member serves a term of three years. Terms are staggered to assure that one third of the Committee members are new each year. A member’s term ends at the CPC meeting at AIHce in their final year. 
 
As members cycle off the Committee, a call for new CPC members is sent out. Applications are received by September and reviewed by the AIHA Managing Director of Global Education and the AIHA Managing Director of Strategic and Technical Initiatives. Selections are based upon the number of open positions and the representation needed to balance the existing 
Committee.

Qualifications


To serve on the CPC, an individual should be a current member in good standing of either AIHA or ACGIH and have served on at least one technical committee, local section, or volunteer group in their professional society. 
 
Those interested in being considered must complete and submit a CPC application. Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed, such as service on a related or similar committee or volunteer group with another OEHS organization. Selection to serve on the CPC is individual, is not assigned to an organization, and is non-transferrable. 

Attributes  


A well-balanced, cross-representative group of volunteers is vital to the strength of the CPC and to shaping the educational content for AIHce. Toward that end, the following attributes are considered when CPC representatives are selected.
 
  1. Demonstration of leadership skills and the ability to be thoughtful, deliberative and decisive.
  2. Ability to
    • work collaboratively in a group setting
    • professionally handle differences of opinion with peers
    • speak with “one voice,” supporting decisions once they have been made
  3. Ability to represent the profession as whole, not just one practice area or specialty
  4. Proven ability to think long-term and strategically as well as short-term and tactically
  5. Ability to screen submissions in a fair, consistent, defensible, and transparent manner
  6. Ability to meet deadlines in a short period of time, especially in the Fall (September - December)
  7. Experience as a volunteer in AIHA, ACGIH, or other organizations 

CPC Member Expectations

  •  Three-year commitment
  • Attend two in-person meetings:
    • Session selection meeting (October/November) – AIHA covers travel costs
    • Conference debrief meeting at AIHce
  • Over a two-week period in October/November, complete online peer review and rating of 100+ session proposals
  • Attend conference calls as required
  • Adhere to review timeline (provided each year)