Learn how Philadelphia is preparing to welcome back visitors with the PHL Health Pledge.

PHLCVB appoints Dr. David Nash as Chief Health Advisor for meetings and events

July 1, 2020

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced the first component of our recovery efforts, the PHL Health Pledge initiative, designed to increase awareness of Philadelphia’s readiness in safely welcoming back visitors as our destination gradually reopens.

To support this effort, the PHLCVB has partnered with Dr. David Nash, Dean Emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health, as the PHLCVB’s Chief Health Advisor to provide direct advice and guidance to meeting and event planners as they re-envision the meeting and convention experience. An acclaimed national leader in population health, Dr. David Nash is an endowed chair professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH), the first of its kind in the country, where he served for more than a decade as the founding Dean, culminating a 30-year tenure. A board-certified internist who holds both an MD and MBA, Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement. More recently, he has been lauded for his thought leadership surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the PHLCVB’s Chief Health Advisor, Dr. Nash will also serve as a PHLCVB-designated spokesperson on panels, and review current public health guidelines, reports and protocols in order to make recommendations to meeting planner customers.

    “By instituting the proper public health protocols, our hospitality industry should be able to safely and effectively support and protect travelers when the time comes. I’m excited to work in partnership with the PHLCVB and their meeting planner customers as they re-envision the convention and visitor experience. By incorporating the already sound and thoughtful guidelines presented by the CDC, as well as state and local public health officials, I’m confident we can develop a safe and healthy plan for all visitors,” – Dr. David Nash, PHLCVB Chief Health Advisor

Working closely with Dr. Nash will be the 18-member PHL Health Advisors, a subcommittee of the PHLCVB’s Life Sciences division and its Nursing Leadership Committee—both comprised of experts from the world-renowned Philadelphia medical community. The PHL Health Advisors represent a wide range of expertise in fields like public health, infectious disease, medical research, and mental health among many others. The subcommittee will serve as a trusted resource and will relay updates to the PHLCVB regarding medical information and local medical advancements in the fight against COVID-19. The team will also be tapped as an internal review board for the PHLCVB on public health and safety best practices and protocols.

The PHLCVB’s Chief Health Advisor and the PHL Health Advisors are both important components of the PHL Health Pledge, a new initiative to increase awareness of the destination’s readiness in safely welcoming back visitors as Philadelphia gradually reopens and to amplify new safety measures instituted by many of the city’s hospitality partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge can be signed by local tourism-related businesses to show their commitment to new health and safety standards as they reopen.


For more information, visit the PHLCVB’s media room.

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