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Annual COnference


Due to numerous requests, IAHC has extended the deadline for Abstract Submissions.  2020 has been a difficult and demanding year, we hope this extension allows you time to submit.  Stay Safe, have a Wonderful Holiday Season as we look forward to 2021. 

We invite you and your colleagues to present at the upcoming 42nd Annual International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) conference.  The conference to be held Virtually June 1 to July 31, 2021, is the world’s leading forum for interdisciplinary, caring science. 

We are currently accepting abstracts for podium, workshop, symposium, simulation and poster presentations that focus on caring science in the areas of research, theory, evidence-based practice, and best practices. 


Abstract Submission Deadline January 11, 2021

Student Abstract Deadline January 11, 2021

2021 Virtual Conference Theme

Exploring Inclusive and Diverse Caring in Healthcare and Beyond

June 1 – July 31, 2021

Live Panel Discussions and Continuous On-demand Access to Recorded Sessions

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Connie Hunt

Dr. Tara Nichols

Dr. Marie Therese Jamison

Presentation formats include podium, symposium and poster. Presentations will be pre-recorded before June 1, 2020. At least one presenter for each abstract will be required to register for the conference prior to recording.

Submit Abstracts Here

Presentation formats include: Podium, Workshop, Symposium, Simulation and Poster.

This information will assist you to prepare an abstract for submission

Submission Outline and Requirements

Abstract Scoring & Review Outline

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All authors & presenters will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest Form for your Abstract to be considered. The form can be downloaded here.  It will be your responsibility for the completed forms to be signed and returned via email to abstracts@humancaring.org  THE LEAD AUTHOR is responsible for the submission of all CoAuthor's Conflict of Interest forms. Coauthors will not be contacted during correspondence with the primary authors unless there is a need to resolve any potential conflict of interest issues. They will be included with the primary author in the conference brochure only if submitted 45 days prior to conference. 

Registration for conference is required to present.

Dr. Connie Hunt brings a perspective of the American Indian derived from her 29 years serving in positions within the Indian community. Her education in psychology, health, and law along with her heritage and years of service in healthcare has provided for the development of deep knowledge in the challenges for this community set by laws of the United States over time. Understanding these laws has allowed her to help the Indian community navigate and seek to overcome unique life challenges. 

Dr. Tara Nichols bring a perspective from the African American (Black) community including why there is distrust in healthcare. Her perspective comes from an understanding that people’ behavior is derived from what they believe. She endeavors to challenge healthcare professionals to examine their beliefs to change their behavior about the importance of caring, empathy, and compassionate relationships including self-care and relationships with colleagues and those they care for. This perspective has helped her as a specialist in pain and comfort (for life) management, demonstrating how one shows up, their authentic self, can have a positive or negative impact on pain perception.

Dr. Therese Jamison is the Founding Director of Nursing at Lawrence Technological University where she launched a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2016. The conceptual framework for the program is Relationship-Based Care (RBC) with a goal of creating a culture of caring, excellence, accountability, and equity for faculty, and students. RBC is weaved throughout the curriculum with concepts of Caring Science clearly articulated and operationalized through theory, clinical, and simulation experiences. A unique aspect of the BSN program was the ability to attract and retain men in nursing. According the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2019, 11% of registered nurses are men. Currently, this new BSN program has 26 % men across all four cohorts.  

2022 Conference Theme

 Inclusive Caring: Theory Guided Evidence-Based Practice

Host and Sponsor:  


1731 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059


Keynote Speakers:

Jean Watson

Details to follow:

The 2020 IAHC Board has canceled the 2020 Conference that was to be held in Bergen, Norway June 11th -13th due to concerns over CO-VID 19.  This decision was based on caring concern for the safety of others and our shared values.  The decision was consistent with recommendations from the Scandinavian Health Authority.

We have already refunded all those who had registered, but if you have remaining questions, please contact us using the  information in our contact page of this website.

If you had an abstract accepted for a podium presentation, please consider submitting a manuscript to the International Journal for Human Caring https://www.springerpub.com/international-journal-for-human-caring.html  Please include an acknowledgement that the paper was accepted for presentation at the 2020 Annual IAHC Conference to be held in Bergen, Norway.  Your paper will undergo a rigorous peer review process for consideration of publication.

Presentation formats include podium, workshop, symposium, and poster.

Conference Presentation Formats and Instructions for Presenters

IAHC Supporting

Anne Boykin Institute        Watson Caring Science Institute


Address: P.O. Box 6703 * Grand Rapids, MI  49516

Email: assoc.manager@humancaring.org

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