The 17th American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Conference brings together clinicians and researchers who work within the ﬁeld of psychosocial oncology to disseminate the latest scientiﬁc, clinical, and community-based research. The Annual Conference provides rich networking opportunities for its members and related advocacy organizations. The theme of the 2020 Annual Conference is “Defining a New Era of Human-Centered Cancer Care.”
The conference will be held at the ideally located Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. They invite you to Keep it weird at Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront! This trendy and re-imagined hotel is directly on the waterfront in downtown. Surrounded by more than 60 breweries and their own on-site restaurant, Proof Reader, featuring 150 types of whiskey , you can discover the Portland possibilities with a unique date in Lan Su Chinese Garden, at the Oregon Zoo or with an excursion to Powell’s Books, one of the country’s best-known independent bookstores. The hotel also has easy access to light rail from the nearby Morrison Subway Station.
APOS represents multiple disciplines including: nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, patient advocacy, spiritual care, and other healthcare professions. Attendees come from academic and community-based cancer centers of various sizes, as well as various cancer-focused organizations. APOS encourages innovation and cultural competence in psychosocial care within any setting.
In this annual meeting, APOS aims to increase adoption and reach of the standard of psychosocial care in oncology through the following objectives:
- Define research, practice and training priorities for the field of psychosocial oncology that reflect emerging trends and advancements in cancer care, such as immunotherapy and genomic-driven treatment, implementation science, collaborative care and professional resilience.
- Demonstrate how psychosocial oncology researchers, practitioners, advocates, and policy makers can contribute to high-value, human-centered cancer care delivery. Special attention will be given to care needs related to age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.
- Present evidence of cost effective care demonstrating the value-added that psychosocial oncology professionals provide to overall cancer care.
- Describe innovative models of psychosocial oncology care delivery that promote integration and adoption of scientific, evidence-based findings into clinical practice, advocacy and policy. Special attention will be given to models for which education or training can be disseminated to conference attendees.