We are pleased to welcome you to the 2021 ISM Annual Conference produced by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) for the Information Technology Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) affinity group. Join us to Reconnect, Recharge, and Reset in Red Hot Cincinnati, OH — or join us for the event virtually! There's still time to register!
UPDATE: As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and follow public health guidance regarding large in-person gatherings, we are making the following changes to the ISM guidelines for meeting safely.
All in-person attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to arriving at the event through a Secure Upload Portal. Access to a confidential, no-cost COVID-19 testing kit before and after the conference is available through this link. We look forward to seeing you safely soon!
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test Required
All in-person attendees and sponsors are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arriving at the event through a Secure Document Upload Portal. In addition, every attendee/sponsor must upload their proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test documentation through their mobile device. Access to a confidential,
no-cost COVID-19 test before and/or after the conference is available through this link.
To upload your documentation securely:
Scan the QR code on the right to send the message "Upload Tool" to Abby, the ISM chatbot. Follow the on-screen instructions to receive the portal link to upload documents securely.
Or, send a text message to Abby at 855-705-8296 to ask any questions and follow the on-screen instructions.
We also encourage every attendee to bring their vaccination card with them to Cincinnati as protocols at off-site dining establishments and venues are continually changing.
Don’t Miss These Inspiring and Informative Sessions!
Monday, September 27, 8:15 AM– 10:00 AM
Keynote Speaker: Heather McGhee
Author and Activist, The Sum of Us
Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America—her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, is now available. You can also check out her 2020 TED talk Racism Has a Cost for Everyone, which reached 1 million views in just two months.
Tuesday, September 28, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Cross-Sector Panel: Ohio's Response:
How One State Responded to COVID-19 and Created a Path Forward
This session showcases Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature three unique views from critical players in government, healthcare, and public health. The panelists are Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, Associate Chief of Community and Health Partnerships at the Cleveland Clinic; Stephanie McCloud (Invited), Director, OH Department of Health; Melba Moore, Commissioner Cincinnati Health Department; Joel Potts, Executive Director, OH Job, and Family Services Directors Association; Moderator: Mark Smith, CIO, OH Department of Job and Family Services.
Tuesday, September 28, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
General Session – Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts School Show Choir
Keynote Speaker: Derreck Kayongo
Social Entrepreneur, Global Soap Project Founder
Enjoy a keynote presentation with Derreck Kayongo as he shares how you can make a difference in your community! Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health, as the founder of the Global Soap Project which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.
Reconnect, Recharge, and Reset
Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections, learn and explore the latest IT solutions for health and human services agencies from top thought leaders across the country. For those attending virtually, enjoy live streaming of general sessions and great content from IT experts, along with the private sector firms providing solutions for the H/HS industry, all conveniently from home.
Act soon — virtual registration rates increase after September 21.
Get Your Competitive Juices Going!
Starting August 22, join APHSA for the CGI Wellness Challenge that runs through November 18. Make it fun and create a team with your peers and colleagues! Participate wherever you are — multiple opportunities to be at the top of the leaderboard and win prizes!
Download the Heka Well App from your favorite app store and select APHSA Wellness Challenge to get started. Good luck to all participants — see you on the CGI wellness leaderboard!
ISM Annual Technology for A Cause Charity Event
Monday, September 27, 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception, Expo Hall BC and Foyer
Spend the evening with Deloitte and support the Technology for A Cause charity - CrayonsToComputers, which works to level the playing field in the classroom by ensuring that teachers can provide their students in need the tools to succeed in school. To date, they have distributed more than $176 million worth of free school supplies, enhancement, and incentive items thanks to their partnerships with sponsoring companies and organizations.
Help stuff backpacks with school supplies enjoy libations, food, local entertainment, and network with friends and colleagues!
MEETING SAFELY – OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
APHSA remains committed to ensuring a safe environment at each of our educational conferences. Your health and safety are our top priority. As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and follow public health guidance regarding large in-person gatherings, we are making the following changes to the ISM guidelines for meeting safely. All in-person attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arriving at the event through a Secure Upload Portal. Access to a confidential, no-cost COVID-19 test before and/or after the conference is available through this link.
APHSA is adopting a Meeting and Event Code of Conduct for all APHSA in-person events as developed by The Events Industry Council, through its member organizations, to support our members' health, safety, and well-being.
Please take time to review the documents and resources below from APHSA regarding event health safety.
The APHSA ISM 2021 conference is underwritten in part by these partners.
CSG Government Solutions
Elyon Enterprise Strategies
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Next Chapter Technology
Software AG Government