Statement Regarding COVID-19

updated 8 April 2020

As an international organization, the Forum was built and has been sustained by member representatives from around the globe since our creation. Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19), declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020.

While the majority of Forum work is conducted virtually via online meetings, the Forum is currently addressing the potential impact of the virus on upcoming in-person meetings that are being planned, such as the 82nd General Meeting in May and scheduled in conjunction with Connect (X). Announced 8 April 2020, ConnectX was canceled. We will be meeting with Committee Steering Groups to determine any committee meeting schedules arising from the cancellation.

The official Connect (X)/WIA announcement, can be found here:

During this time, we encourage you to learn as much as you can about the virus and how to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe. Please reference the links below for such information:


World Health Organization: and file:///C:/Users/sjph7/Downloads/WHO-COVID-19-Community_Transmission-2020.1-eng.pdf

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Forum CEO Lee Pucker ([email protected]) or Forum President John Glossner ([email protected]).