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Welcome to the 2019 SMP/SHIP National Conference!

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) is pleased to announce the 2019 SMP/SHIP National Conference. The meeting will take place in San Diego, CA, on July 22–25, 2019.

The purpose of the conference is to assist, support, and inform Senior Medicare Patrol Programs (SMPs) and State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) nationwide. The conference will offer an opportunity to review core values and practices that define the programs, and hone new skills to strengthen program outreach efforts and the involvement of volunteers. The goal is to provide everyone with an opportunity to learn and explore new ways to enhance their programs and partnerships, and the agenda has been arranged to meet the needs of both programs.


All SMP and SHIP grantees must attend the training meeting as a part of their grant agreement. Each SMP and each SHIP may bring up to three representatives to the meeting. Co-located SMPs and SHIPs may bring up to six representatives. One of the representatives should be the director or his/her designee, as there will be director-only portions of the meeting.

If you are hoping to register more than three participants from your program, please first register your three allocated attendees and then place your remaining requested attendees on the waitlist by contacting Barbara McCoy at


  • Additional information will be provided on this website throughout the spring and summer.
  • For program-related questions, please contact ACL at
  • For logistical questions, please contact Joy Ridley, Synergy Enterprises, Inc., at (240) 485-3270 or

We look forward to seeing all of you in July.

This year’s meeting will take place at:

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101

To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly at (888) 627-8563 and mention “SMP/SHIP 2019 National Conference.”


March 25, 2019

Registration Opens

June 1, 2019

Registration Closes

July 1, 2019

Last Day to Book Discounted Hotel Accommodations

July 22–25, 2019

Four Day Meeting

See the draft agenda to determine which days you need to attend.