Mission & Purpose
The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for ensuring the highest quality content and speakers at the Association's annual conference and expo (AIHce EXP). Their input is critical to building our dynamic education program; they help ensure that AIHce EXP provides IH/OEHS professionals with the scientific and practical information they need to help them enhance workers' health and well-being in the community.
Goal 1: Develop an innovative program for AIHce EXP that meets the educational needs of the profession.
- Ensure that conference education is of high quality and addresses current issues of IH/OEHS professionals to enhance their attainment and retention of technical competence
- Develop the conference education program through peer review of submitted session proposals based upon established review criteria
- Provide feedback on the non-technical program, schedule, and events
Goal 2: Provide long-range planning for continuous improvement of the technical quality of AIHce EXP.
- Offer assistance and guidance as needed to presenters and other session personnel.
- Identify feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement of the event, such as conference evaluations and session audits.
- Incorporate recommended initiatives, strategies, outcomes, and guidance for the conference
- Maintain open lines of communication and transparency with AIHA technical committees and members
The CPC is comprised of 14 individuals representing a cross-section of IH/OEHS practice. Committee members are selected to ensure a balance of:
- Industry sectors (e.g., corporate, academia, consulting, government/ military)
- Early, mid, and late-career professionals.
- Geographic regions
- 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 during the AIHce EXP of their final year.
As members cycle off the committee, a call for new members is published. Applications are received and reviewed by key AIHA staff members. Selections are based upon the number of open positions and the representation needed to balance the existing Committee.
To serve on the committee, 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 IH/OEHS organization. Selection to serve on the CPC is individual, is not assigned to an organization, and is non-transferrable.
A well-balanced, cross-representative group of volunteers is vital to the committee's strength and to shaping the educational content for AIHce EXP. Toward that end, the following attributes are considered when representatives are selected.
- Demonstration of leadership skills and the ability to be thoughtful, deliberative, and decisive.
- 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
- Ability to represent the profession as a whole, not just one practice area or specialty
- Proven ability to think long-term, strategically, as well as short-term tactically
- Ability to screen submissions in a fair, consistent, defensible, and transparent manner
- Ability to meet deadlines in a short period of time, especially in the fall (September-December)
- Experience as a volunteer in AIHA or other organizations
CPC Member Expectations & Timeline
- Three-year commitment with high availability in the fall (September through December)
- Adhere to review timeline (provided each year)
- Over a two-week period in September/ October, complete online peer review and rating of 100+ session proposals, and be available for 4-hour review call and a 2-hour selection call in mid to late October
- Over a two-week period in March, complete online peer review and rating of 75+ student poster proposals, and be available for a 1-hour call-in mid-to-late March
- Attend conference calls as required
- Attend one in-person meeting each year: conference debrief meeting and luncheon at AIHce EXP in the spring