Summit Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of Summit attendees are our top priority. The following protocols for our in-person gathering reflect the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Network is working closely with the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor (the Summit venue) and is actively monitoring local conditions, risk factors, and applicable laws, regulations, and guidance. Because these factors are frequently changing, we will continue to update this page as new guidance is released. 

As members of the public health community, we expect that attendees will do their utmost to adhere to and abide by the health and safety protocols outlined. We ask that attendees limit their contacts as much as possible three to five days before the Summit.


All in-person attendees, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to the Summit start date to participate. As defined by the CDC, fully vaccinated means two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Additional booster doses for specific populations are strongly recommended. All attendees will have submitted their vaccination dates with their registrations.


We strongly encourage those attending the Summit to conduct either a rapid COVID-19 antigen test or a PCR test 24-72 hours before coming to the Summit. If you have a positive result, please do not attend the Summit – we will refund your registration.


While masks are not presently required on planes, trains, buses, and other public transportation, we strongly encourage attendees to wear masks when traveling to the Summit. Attendees are also encouraged to wear masks throughout the Summit. We will have a limited number of masks available at the registration desk for attendees.


The Keynote lunch on Tuesday from 12:-15 – 1:30 pm is the only plated, in-person meal at the Summit. A limited number of boxed lunches will be provided to those who are not comfortable eating in a group setting. The Keynote Address will be streamed, so attendees who choose to take their boxed lunches to eat in their rooms or elsewhere can watch the event online. If you would like a boxed lunch, please email Anna Schmalzbauer by April 21. If you reserve a boxed lunch you will not be able to substitute it for a plated lunch when on site.

The Opening Celebration, breakfasts, breaks, and receptions/happy hours will take place in the hotel Atrium, with areas where attendees can eat on their own if they feel more comfortable doing so.   

Additional Health and Safety Tips

All Summit attendees, contractors, exhibitors, vendors, and staff should: 

  • Not attend the Summit if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms in the three days prior;
  • Not enter any Summit meeting space if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms;  
  • Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouths with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain social distancing within the boundaries of seating and space; and  
  • Engage in additional responsible health and safety practices, inside and outside of the Summit.