On June 23rd, Foothold Technology welcomed AWARDS Users from across the country to the NYU Kimmel Center for the fourth Annual Users Conference. The theme was “Evolution”, and with this in mind we returned in a revamped format—an Expo—attracting over 200 attendees representing 90 human service agencies across nine states from coast to coast.
Since starting the Expo four years ago the goal has remained the same—to provide a meeting place for the broad spectrum of human service agencies we work with to connect and knowledge-share about best practices, to learn what’s new in humans services, and to delve into AWARDS more intensively. Executive directors, IT professionals, case workers and many other agency contributors helped make this year’s Expo the most successful yet.
The “track” system introduced this year allowed attendees to better tailor their breakout session choices. The sessions ranged from intensive AWARDS tutorials on Service Plans, E-prescribing, FormBuilder to analytical offerings covering a diverse range of topics—from a discussion on the federal Meaningful Use initiative to a data analytics workshop.
Our keynote, Dr. Stephen G. Post, renowned Professor of Preventative Medicine and author, kicked off the morning on a subject close to home—The Hidden Gifts of Helping—and all Expo attendees were given a complimentary, copy of Dr. Post’s inspiring book which he graciously signed for attendees.
The book is not the only thing some lucky attendees took home—our always-popular giveaways this year included an iPad 2, Nook e-readers, Flip video cameras and more.
Next year we will be celebrating our fifth year of connecting the Foothold Community at the annual Expo. Join us on July 12th for Foothold Expo 2012—and we promise to build on this year’s extraordinary success.