The AAHS participated in SLEEP 2018 in a big way! SLEEP 2018, a joint meeting between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS), is the leading national meeting for sleep providers and researchers by providing evidence-based education to advance the practice and research of sleep medicine.
During SLEEP 2018, the AAHS hosted a Sleep Advocacy Summit for sleep patient advocacy organizations. At this meeting, AAHS Board members and staff were able to meet with leaders from a wide-ranging group of advocacy organizations focused on specific sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and hypersomnia. The AAHS was able to learn more about the sleep advocacy community and current initiatives and programs as well as provide information about the AAHS and its mission and goals to the greater sleep advocacy community. We are looking forward to partnering with other sleep organizations in the future to improve the lives of all sleep patients.
The AAHS presented a Learning Lounge Session during SLEEP 2018 titled "Supporting Sleep Disorders Patients through Services, Access and Engagement". Although the crowd for the session was small, the AAHS was able to foster valuable group discussion during the session regarding the perceived gaps in support for patients with sleep disorders and the need for greater awareness and advocacy for sleep disorders patients.
The AAHS also had a booth in the SLEEP 2018 Exhibit Hall where AAHS Board members and staff spoke with hundreds of sleep providers about the mission of the AAHS and how patients and providers can work together to further the goals of the AAHS.
Pictured: AAHS Board Members at the AAHS Learning Lounge Session