AMPHL Conference History
AMPHL has hosted eight conference since 2001 where hundreds of deaf and hard of hearing healthcare professionals as well as sign language interpreters from around the world have gathered and shared stories, learned about the latest cutting edge technology, and connected with others.
This conference was graciously hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The theme of the conference was "Forging Pathways to Health Care Careers." We saw a record number of 273 attendees including members from Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Germany, and Finland. For the first time, we offered four tracks over three days.
2015 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
This conference was graciously hosted by the University of Michigan Medical Center. The theme was "The Team: Working Collaboratively." We saw a total of 150 attendees, including two people making the long journey from Japan and Germany. For the first time, we offered a Clinical Simulation Lab. We also started offering student scholarships and four were awarded.
2013 - AUSTIN, TEXAS
This conference was graciously hosted by the Texas School for the Deaf. The theme was "Diversifying the Future." We saw a total of 121 attendees, including six from Canada. For the first time, we expanded the conference to three days and brought back the three-track program. We also saw three keynote presentations, including one from an educator/employer perspective, for the first time.
2011 - PORTLAND, OREGON
This conference was hosted at the Portland Marriott City Center. We saw 80 attendees with two people coming from as far as Australia and New Zealand. We saw the largest number of exhibitors to date at this conference at 17.
2008 - SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
This conference was jointly hosted with UTRID on the University of Utah Medical School campus. The theme of the conference was "Building Professional Relationships and Good Communication." We saw 100 attendees and piloted the use of the three-track program in which a new track for sign language interpreters was created.
2005 - WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
This conference was graciously hosted by Gallaudet University. We saw the number of attendees double from the last conference to 104. People from Israel, Japan, Sweden, Ireland, and the United Kingdom made the journey to attend this conference.
2002 - MIAMISBURG, OHIO
This conference was hosted at a Holiday Inn in Miamisburg. We saw 54 attendees, including some international attendees for the first time coming from Canada and New Zealand. We also had exhibitors on display for the first time.
2001 - CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY
Our very first conference took place at a Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill. There were 60 attendees from all over the United States. Attendees had the opportunity to test out loaner stethoscopes donated from several stethoscope manufacturers.