2016 Fall Primary Care Conference
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2016 Fall Primary Care Conference

10/15/2016 to 10/18/2016

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Where: Denver, Colorado  
United States
Registration Team

Conference Topics
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Explore Denver
Alaska Airlines Discount
Continuing Education Units »
Submit an Abstract
Conference Fees
Past Fall Conferences






Keynote Speakers


Charlene Frizzera

President and CEO, CF Health Advisors


Charlene Frizzera is an experienced health care professional with a background leading the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the largest purchaser of health care in the United States. In partnership with FaegreBD Consulting, Charlene provides clients with valuable knowledge regarding how and where they should interface with CMS departments and divisions to achieve their business goals and comply with relevant legislation, regulations and reimbursement requirements.


Charlene worked in various positions at CMS for more than 30 years, eventually serving as Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, she was Acting Administrator of the agency, leading the policy and operational aspects of the Medicare Programs, the Medicaid Program and the Children's Health Insurance Program. In recognition of her outstanding leadership at CMS, Charlene received the Presidential Rank Award in 2000 and 2008.


Roberto Dansie, Ph.D.

Founder and President, Cultural Wisdom


Maya and ancient wisdom scholar, Roberto Dansie has been internationally recognized as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He founded his company, Cultural Wisdom, in 1998, offering wisdom and training for a variety of sectors including universities, hospitals, mental health organizations, disability support organizations, migrant health and education, national refugee and immigrant collaborations, and minority and multicultural organizations. He is a dynamic speaker who brings wisdom, joy, music, and inspiration to all he encounters.


HRSA Update


Margaret Davis, MSW

Director – Office of Strategic Business Operations, Bureau of Primary Health Care/Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS


As Director of the Office of Strategic Business Operations (OSBO) Margaret Davis oversees three Divisions that are responsible for the areas of External Affairs, Organizational Development, and Systems for the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). With a budget of over $21 million in IT and other federal contracts, OSBO’s work touches all of BPHC staff. OSBO supports the Bureau of Primary Health care in building a foundation of organizational excellence by focusing on staff development, strategic communications, and building responsive technology solutions.


Ms. Davis has worked in BPHC for over 15 years serving in a number of different roles. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of the North Central Division from 2010-2015 where she was responsible for over 30 federal project officers and a $500 million health center grants to comprehensive primary care services in HHS Regions 5, 8, and 10.


NACHC Update


Dan Hawkins

Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Research, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)


Dan Hawkins has been named one of America's 1000 most influential health policy makers. For more than 30 years he has provided NACHC's membership with federal and state health-related policy development, policy research, analysis, information, advocacy, and technical assistance services. During his tenure at NACHC, federal support for health centers has grown from $350 million to over $4 billion annually, and the number of people served by health centers has grown from 5 million to more than 23 million.


Conference Topics

Here are the topics you can look forward to at the 2016 Fall Primary Care Conference:

  • Two-day Governance intensive
  • Two-day "Expert level" Governance intensive
  • One-day Behavioral Health Integration track
  • One-day Quality Transformation track
  • One-day Dental Integration track
  • Three-day Operations track
  • Three-day Human Resources/Workforce track
  • Three-day Clinical track
  • Three-day Finance track
  • Two-day Policy/ Environment track
  • One-day Outreach and Enrollment track
  • One-day Community Health Policy track
  • Two Keynote Plenary sessions, including updates from HRSA and NACHC



View the final agenda

Final agenda as of September 28, 2016


Look forward to an array of exciting conference tracks and sessions, speakers, and opportunities to meet with exhibitors! Take advantage of conference networking during our Welcome Reception and while enjoying beautiful Denver,  and prepare to be inspired by keynote speakers during the opening and closing plenaries.


View the PDF version of the conference brochure


Conference Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertiser Opportunities

Update: Exhibit tables are no longer available at the Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver. Please contact Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti for additional opportunities. 


Sponsorships at various levels are critical to making NWRPCA conferences fiscally viable and also affordable to health centers. All sponsors are featured prominently in the conference program and signage and are also acknowledged in the annual Report to Stakeholders. Click here to read more about NWRPCA conference sponsors.


Conference exhibitors have a unique opportunity to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest. Click here to read more about NWRPCA exhibitor opportunities.

Exhibitor, Sponsor, and Advertiser Application

View the 2016 Fall Primary Care Conference Prospectus for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Advertisers and contact Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, Development Coordinator, at rmitsumasu@nwrpca.org for more information.


View the prospectus in PDF format



The conference venue information will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email.


Explore Denver

Check out all of the amazing things to do and see while you are in Denver!


Alaska Airlines Discount

We are pleased to offer a 7% discount off all published fares to Denver from any Alaska Airlines U.S. city via Alaska Airlines. This discount is available for all flights taking place October 10-22, 2016.


To take advantage of the discount, go to the Alaska Airlines website, click on "Use Discount Code", enter your origin and destination cities and travel dates, enter Discount Code ECMX282 and click on "Find Flights". All eligible flights will display for you to choose from.


Continuing Education

In support of helping health center staff, clinicians, administration, and board of directors pursue professional development, NWRPCA conferences are a consistent source of continuing education units (CEU). This year we are offering the following CEU opportunities: continuing dental education (CDE), continuing professional education (CPE), continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing medical education (CME), continuing human resources credit (HR), and continuing governance credit (GOV).


CEU certificates are accessed online. Conference attendees will be sent an email after the conference with instructions on how to process your CEU online. You will be responsible for completing the process online and printing your certificate.


Submit an Abstract

The opportunity to submit abstracts has now passed. We invite you to submit an abstract for our 2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health!


For more information, contact Sadie Agurkis, NWRPCA Education and Training Manager, or visit our webpage to learn more about speaking opportunities.


Conference Fees

All fees are per person


Early Bird Rates


Regular Rates (per person)

Full Conference - $1200

Individual days - $450


NWRPCA Member Rates (per person)

Full Conference – $ 790 (1-3 people)

Full Conference – $711 (4+ people)

Individual days $300 (per day) - (1-3 people)

Individual days $270 (per day – (4+ people)


Federal and Student (Rates per person)

Individual days - $160



Presenter + 1 day - $300

Presenter + 2 days - $500

Presenter + 3 days - $650

Note: Presenters attend at no charge for the day they are presenting


Rates after September 23rd increase by $100 for full conference, $25 for individual days

Please note the registration cancellation deadline is Friday, September 30th, 2016. Cancellations must be in writing (email is fine). Registration will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. Cancellations made after the deadline are not refundable.


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