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Networking and Special Events


Live Music & Welcome

Naomi Laviolette and the Oregon Symphony

Performance by Naomi Laviolette, a songwriter for the Oregon Symphony Lullaby Project. Laviolette regularly performs for the Oregon Repertory Singers and sings the National Anthem for the Portland Timbers and Thorns.


Lawn Activities

Sunrise Yoga

Power your mind and body with a quick yoga session on Friday morning at the Convention Center in Room A109. Yoga mats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Yoga starts at 6:30 a.m., but we recommend arriving early if you need a mat.

Meditation & Stretch Session

Reset before an afternoon of education with a 30-minute stretch and meditation session during lunch on Friday. Join us from 12:30-1 p.m. in the Convention Center Plaza! 

Food Truck Friday

Enjoy select menus from some of Portland's favorite local food trucks during lunch on Friday. Vendors include Pidgin Hole, Ciny Lou's BBQ, Cafe Du Crepe, and Maiale Di Volo Wood Fired Pizza. 


By Invitation Only

Physician's Breakfast

Thursday, September 19 | 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM | Room B115

International Reception

Thursday, September 19 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Room B115

Dietician's Breakfast

Friday, September 20 | 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM | Portland Roasting Coffee Stand in the Convention Center

Emerging Professionals Reception 

Friday, September 20 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Punch Bowl Social



Vendor Symposia

The Vendor Symposia gives Annual Meeting attendees the opportunity to learn more about products, services, and technology that can help improve patient care. Pre-registration is not required, but entry and complimentary lunch are first-come, first-served. CE credits are not offered for Vendor Symposia. 

Thursday, September 19

Boehringer Ingelheim: Managing Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Focus on Comprehensive Care

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM 
Room B110-112
Speakers: Amy Olson, MD, MSPH; Sharon Tucker, RT

During this symposium, expert faculty will provide respiratory care professionals with an overview of interstitial lung disease (ILD), its disease course progression, as well as provide a detailed description of management strategies and educational support to implement for patients with ILDs, specifically idiopathic pulmonary fbrosis (IPF). The program will also focus on the importance of the role of each health care practitioner in the multidisciplinary approach in recognizing, diagnosing, and managing patients with IPF.

Moving Analytics: Strategies to Implement a Successful Home Based Cardiac Rehab Program

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM 
Room B113-114
Speakers: Heather R. Carey MSN, RN; Anne M Gavic-Ott, MPA, MAACVPR

The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology & American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation recently released a joint scientific position statement that endorses home based cardiac rehabilitation as a viable option for low-moderate risk patients. This is a new era for the cardiac rehab industry as payers and providers now seriously consider how to implement and reimburse for home-based cardiac rehab programs. With all new clinical programs, questions and concerns abound as to how to successfully incorporate them into patient care.


Opening Reception & Exhibit Showcase

Join us on Friday, September 20 from 4-6:15 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall for the Opening Reception and Exhibit Showcase. We’ll share the local Portland Makers and Brew with attendees at this opening event. Enjoy Portland-themed food and décor, listen to local music, connect with colleagues, and start meeting exhibitors.


Closing Celebration

Join AACVPR and your fellow attendees for a celebration of our profession on Friday, September 20 from 7-10 p.m. at Punch Bowl Social in Portland! Situated downtown by the Waterfront, PBS Portland is 32,000 sq. ft with a full bar, fresh food, and entertainment and games like bowling, billiards, darts, bags, shuffleboard, ping pong and more. Please your ID badge is required for entry.