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15th Health Dispariites Conference

March 30–April 1, 2022 | New Orleans, LA

COVID-19 Health Policy & Entry Guidelines

Our first priority in all meetings and events decisions is the safety and welfare of our Conference attendees, presenters, exhibitors, partners, vendors, and staff. In order to facilitate the 15th Health Disparities Conference to convene in-person with lower risk to participants, we are enforcing requirements from the City of New Orleans.

Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, the City of New Orleans is requiring that all individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (12 years of age or older) provide evidence of one of the following before entry to indoor facilities or large outdoor events included in this requirement in Orleans Parish:

  • Vaccination: Evidence of a full COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. (The last day to receive the final required vaccination prior to entry is March 16, 2022.)
  • Negative Test Result: Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering. (Antigen test results will not be accepted)

Entry Procedures

  • Comply with the XULA Health Disparities Conference Health Pledge
  • Each day, bring a face mask, a copy of your Vaccine Card/Vaccination Record, and/or Negative COVID-19 test. Please have digital copies saved on your phone PRIOR to arrival. Cell service can be slow at peak times.
  • Based on the latest advice from health officials, we encourage all participants attending the conference to bring and wear a mask each day. A mask is required for conference entry.
  • We encourage everyone to wear a mask throughout the conference space.

Acceptable Evidence of Vaccine Dose(s)
Falsifying a government document using the seal of any U.S. government agency, like the CDC, is a federal crime punishable by fine or up to five years in prison, or both, per 18 U.S. C. 1017. If Conference Organizers suspect a vaccine document is a forgery, Organizers retain the right to refuse entry to the Conference.

  1. An original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC Vaccination Card. Experts recommend taking a digital photograph of both sides of your personal vaccination record card. That photo can be stored in the photos area of your smartphone and be accessible wherever you need it.
  2. If you are a user of the Clear platform for TSA Pre-Check, Clear now offers the option of creating a digital vaccine card. It's secure, easy, and takes just minutes.
  3. Louisiana Residents can use the LA Wallet App Smart Health Card to show vaccination status.
  4. An official vaccine record issued by another state, foreign nation, or the World Health Organization.

Health Pledge

We ask that you NOT attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending the Conference you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the Conference, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. a fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking / muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the conference, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Additional Information

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel will have increased hand sanitizer stations on site and their cleaning crews will do frequent cleanings in high touch areas. We are also working with the Sheraton to ensure that adequate space is available in meeting rooms for social distancing.

COVID-19 Warning

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you the Conference participants, presenters, exhibitors, partners, vendors, and staff. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending the Xavier University of Louisiana's 15th Health Disparities Conference, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.