Council recently met to discuss concerns from members regarding the potential impact of the planned location of the 2022 Annual Meeting and future annual meetings as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  We recognize that some members may have safety concerns about attending our annual meeting in Arizona in the wake of Dobbs. While we have no other options this year, we will continue to make virtual attendance possible so that all members can participate in a way that is comfortable for them.

During these times, we want to again stress the value we experience by meeting, using multiple formats, and how it makes a tangible difference in the lives of patients and communities around the world. Your science is our progress, and it ultimately results in transformative changes in clinical practice and health policy. Regarding the Dobbs decision, as well as other recent challenging and politically charged issues affecting health and safety, we emphasize that the College’s mission is to support the role of science and data in public policy, education, and mental health. We look forward to advancing the College’s mission despite this and future challenges and welcome your feedback as always.