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As the nation continues to navigate concerns with travel, safety and vaccinations with COVID-19, Hemophilia Federation of America announces its annual patient-centered education Symposium will be hosted virtually again in 2021.

Originally set to take place in San Antonio in October of 2021, the annual conference is being reimagined for a virtual event, and dates and details will be announced in the near future.

HFA鈥檚 concern for the safety of attendees, speakers and volunteers, along with travel restrictions still in place for vendors, HTC staff, exhibitors and session speakers, and the continued unknown of any future changes due to the ongoing pandemic led the executive committee and staff to make this decision.

This beloved family event has become known as a national 鈥渇amily reunion鈥 for the bleeding disorders community, allowing community members, their families and caregivers to come together for camaraderie and education, and the decision to move virtual again in 2021 may be difficult news for community members looking for that personal connection. HFA has formed a mental health task force to continue addressing the concerns of the bleeding disorders community around depression, anxiety and the personal disconnect some may be feeling due to the pandemic. The organization will continue to host monthly opportunities for blood brothers and blood sisters to connect through Zoom chats, as well as webinars and virtual sessions on a variety of topics to continue to keep the community connected and provide the latest education.

As planning for the 2021 Virtual Symposium continues, HFA will make announcements on its website, social media channels and emails.


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