An Affair of the Heart

Attendees will dive into Kansas City's rich mix of hot barbecue, cool jazz, riverboat gambling, and western history when AOHC 2004 opens April 30.

The city's convention planners call Kansas City, Missouri, the "Heart of America," describing a lively and lovely metropolis founded more than 150 years ago where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers converge. The nation's 28th largest city offers its famed barbecue and steaks, floating casinos, art museums, jazz and blues clubs, appealing convention facilities, professional sports, and a civic love affair with fountains as the 89th Annual American Occupational Health Conference docks for an April 30-May 7 run.

AOHC is the best annual conference for occupational health care professionals, say its co-sponsors, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc. and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Taking place inside H. Roe Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center, AOHC 2004 is expected to bring about 3,000 attendees to the city's compact downtown. Once there, they'll be just minutes away from one of the city's signature attractions, the riverside River Market/City Market shopping and dining area.

Conference Highlights
Both organizations have prepared expansive programs covering the latest topics in health and productivity, with sessions delving into infectious diseases, disaster preparedness, ergonomics, and many more topics of interest. This may be the final AOHC they co-sponsor; ACOEM will present the 2005 AOHC on its own April 29 to May 6, 2005, in Washington, D.C., while AAOHN conducts its own annual conference on the same dates in Minneapolis.

This year's ACOEM/AAOHN Joint Plenary Session from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, is a highlight of the event. This year's theme is "Occupational and Environmental Health in the 21st Century," with NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard serving as keynote speaker. Howard will discuss the scientific challenges faced by occupational health professionals and ways to foster a healthier workforce.

Other highlights of this year's AOHC include:

  • Tuesday, 8 to 9:30 a.m.--AAOHN honors 2004 business, individual, and chapter award recipients and AAOHN Foundation grant recipients.
  • Tuesday, 8:30 to 10 a.m.--Dr. Dennis E. Richling,president of Midwest Business Group on Health, Chicago, delivers the annual Sappington Lecture. His topic is "Occupational Health: Leading the Transformation of the Health System."
  • Tuesday, 10 to 11 a.m.--Lea Ann Parsley, Ph.D, a nurse, Ohio firefighter, and 2002 Winter Olympics silver medalist in "skeleton," a bobsled-type sport, delivers the 2004 Catherine Dempsey Lecture. Parsley will speak about her life experiences and lessons learned in personal and professional arenas.
  • Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon--2004 AAOHN Annual Business Meeting, including addresses from President Susan A. Randolph and Executive Director Ann Cox.
  • Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m.--ACOEM 89th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon, where award winners are honored and Dr. John Holland passes the gavel to the incoming president, Dr. Timothy Key, who will present his inaugural address.
  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon--Case Studies in Preparedness: Biological, Chemical and Radiological. Course Director Dr. Michael Gochfeld, a professor at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J, joins three other speakers in a session illustrating responses to a "dirty bomb," anthrax, Sarin, West Nile Virus infections, and other challenges.
  • Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m.--The Future of Occupational Medicine, where Dr. Key, Dr. Holland, and a panel of experts discuss what lies ahead for occupational physicians.

Exhibits hours are:

  • Tuesday, May 4: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 5: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 6: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information about the conference, contact AAOHN at 770-455-7757, fax 770-455-7271, or visit Contact ACOEM by phone at 847-818-1800, fax 847-818-9266, or visit

The following list of exhibitors was obtained Feb. 10 from Lawrence Leonard, exhibit manager for the conference, of Bostrom Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Exhibitor--Booth Number



AAOHN Journal/SLACK Inc.--343

American Academy of Physician Assistants--807

American Board for Occupational Health Nurses--207

American Board of Independent Medical Examiners--139

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine--632

American College of Preventive Medicine--808

American Heart Association--728

American Institute for Preventive Medicine--141

American Red Cross--528

American Safety & Health Institute--817

Andover Coated Products Inc.--428

AspenMed Services--252

Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics--823


Aventis Pasteur--135-137


Benson Medical Instruments Inc.--311

Berna Products Corp.--248


Brooks Rehab Solutions--426

BTE Technologies--241-243


C2 Professional Services--550

Cardiac Science--415-417

CDC/ELS Program--821


Certification of Disability Management Specialists Comm. (CDMSC)--816

Chattanooga Group--227

Clinical Reference Laboratory, Inc.--525-527

CMI Inc.--627

Comprehensive Health Services----418-420

Computerized Screening Inc.--552

Concentra Health Services--731-733

Corporate Health Resources--541

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC)--822


Drug Free Enterprises Inc.--647


Eckel Industries--244

Edwards Medical--342


Exemplar/Health Examinetics (formerly Continuum)--744


Florida Drug Screening--625


The Gideons International--805



Healthguard International--722

Henry Schein Inc.--112-114

Hepatitis Foundation--818


ICPA Inc.--425

Impacto Protective Products Inc.--446

Industrial Hygiene News--225

Injured Workers Pharmacy--543


Interim Occupational Health/Physicians--641

International SOS--215-217


Jones Medical--228


Kaiser Permanente--325

Kelly Healthcare Resources--548

Knorr Associates Inc.--146

Kroll Laboratory Specialists--411


Lippincott Williams & Wilkins--334


Magnatherm/International Medical Electronics--332

Maico-- Diagnostics--128

Maxim Health Systems--324

Mayo Clinic Health Management Resources--132

MedAire Inc.--617


Medical College of Wisconsin--812

Medical Devices International--221

Medical Doctor Associates--737

Medical Graphics Inc.--544

Medic First Aid International Inc.--113

Meditrax/OHS Inc.--427

Medlock Consulting--542


Medtronic Physio-Control--447-449


Micro Audiometrics Corp.--111

Micro Direct Inc.--832

Moore Medical Corp.--220

MorTan Inc.--322


National Library of Medicine--643


NeuroMetrix Inc.--316-318



NovaCare Rehabilitation--313-315

Nurses Service Organization--212


Occupational Health Dynamics--211

Occupational Health Research--423

Occupational Health & Safety--327


OEM Health Information Inc.--122


Otis Clapp--131


Performance Health Inc./Biofreeze--727

Philips Medical Systems--422-424

PreCare Inc.--149

Protocol OTC Med Vending--145



Reed Group Ltd.--622

Richmond Products--142

RWA Associates Inc.--349

Rye Pharmaceuticals--345



SAS Shoemakers--648


Sqwincher Corporation--348

Standard Malaysian Rubber Glove--

StayWell Company--526

Stereo Optical Company--338

Superfeet Worldwide LP--517

Sure-Tech Diagnostics--451


Textilease Medique--232-234

TheraMatrix Services Inc.--403

Titmus Optical--138-140

T.K. Group Inc.--336

Traveler's Supply Inc.--245


Tulane University CAEPH--813


Unique Software Solutions--326-328

University of Iowa/Heartland Center for OH&S--814

University of Michigan COHSE--815

University of Minnesota School of Public Health--814

US HealthWorks--732-734






Welch Allyn--147


Work Loss Data Institute--223


Yoh Health Care--351


Zoll Medical Corporation--518-520

This article appears in the April 2004 issue of Occupational Health & Safety

This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

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