2018 Spring Primary Care Conference + Annual Membership Meeting
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2018 Spring Primary Care Conference + Annual Membership Meeting
2018 Spring Primary Care Conference + Annual Membership Meeting

5/19/2018 to 5/22/2018

When: May 19 - 22, 2018
Where: Portland, Oregon
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Phone: (206) 783-3004 x140

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The annual Spring Primary Care Conference is one of our cornerstone offerings. Open to all organizations and individuals interested and/or working in community health, join us to learn from prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, network with primary care colleagues, and much more. The Spring Primary Care Conference also hosts NWRPCA's annual membership meeting.


We are pleased to partner with the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers (AACHC) for the Population Health track on Sunday and Monday, May 20-21.



Kay Frances

Opening Speaker, Saturday, May 19

Motivational Humorist, Kay Frances, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 40 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds an MBA and a degree in Health and Physical Education.


When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs. Additionally, Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress.” Kay combines her years of standup comedy, her education and her passion for her message to offer clean, relatable humor-with-a-message at its funniest! Your stress levels will thank you!


Andrew Principe, President, Starling Advisors

Keynote Plenary, Monday, May 21

Andrew Principe, President of Starling Advisors, is an experienced consultant providing advisory services to many Primary Care Associations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other Primary Care Safety Net providers throughout the country. His work centers on opportunities and risks that health reform initiatives present to Safety Net Primary Care Providers.


This includes formation of ACOs, facilitating negotiations between providers and Medicaid Managed Care organizations, and the securing of awards under the CMS Innovations Institute and other funding sources to implement EHR, Analytics, TeleHealth and other Health IT solutions. Prior to founding Starling Advisors, Andrew served as Vice President of Strategy at Arcadia Solutions and as Director of Clinical Computing for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA.


Principe will also be leading two Population Health track sessions on Monday, May 21 following the Plenary. Learn more about the Population Health track.


Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH

Closing Speaker, Tuesday, May 22

Dr. Dillenberg is Dean Emeritus of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) after serving fifteen years as the Inaugural Dean. He received his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed his dental education at New York University, College of Dentistry.


Prior to joining ASDOH, Dr. Dillenberg was Associate Director for public health programs in the California Department of Health Services. He also served in several capacities in the Arizona Department of Health Services, including Director and Assistant Director for the Division of Family Health Services.


Dr. Dillenberg recently served on the Board for the American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and is their Global Ambassador. He is the Board Chairman for the Center for Oral Health and Board Chair for the Brighterway Institute.


Agenda Highlights

View the draft agenda now

 Agenda as of April 28, 2018

SPCC18 Grid


Learn more about the two-day Population Health track.


View the brochure in PDF format.


NWRPCA Annual Membership Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

Join your health center peers to network and to discuss best practices and challenges over lunch. The event will include NWRPCA’s annual business meeting and presentation of annual awards to exemplary health center staff. Learn about our annual awards, past recipients, and more.


Details about the specific 2018 Annual Membership Meeting will be announced. 


Conference Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertiser Opportunities

To meet your marketing goals, consider a sponsorship from $500 to $10,000, with varied and negotiable benefits. 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.


Exhibiting at our conference allows you the opportunity to connect face-to-face with community health leadership and staff. Note that exhibit tables are tiered in price.


Please contact Janeane Harwell for more information about sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


Learn more about conference exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser opportunities and options on our website.


View the prospectus in PDF format.



The conference venue information, including the group rate and discount code to book your accommodations, will be sent to you in your registration confirmation email.


Alaska Airlines Discount

We are pleased to offer a 7% discount off all published fares to Portland from any Alaska Airlines U.S. city via Alaska Airlines. This discount is available for all flights taking place May 14-25, 2018.


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 ECMZ210 and click on "Find Flights". All eligible flights will display for you to choose from. Some destination restrictions apply - please email us to learn more.


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).


Delivery Method of all courses: Group-Live
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: conference material will be posted on NWRPCA learning vault 1-2 weeks prior to the conference. Access to session information, including supporting documents, can be found here: www.nwrpca.org/my-events.


Each conference typically offers CEU in the following:


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

This workshop has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. NWRPCA Provider number is #1975-415.


Continuing Dental Education (CDE)

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 6/1/2017 to 5/31/2019. Provider ID# 216328


Continuing Governance Credit (GOV)

NACHC will allow credit for NWRPCA Governance Credits (up to 6 credit hours) applied toward the NACHC Governance Certificate. If you are enrolled in the NACHC Board Governance program, please log into mylearning.nachc.com to see your progress. Please contact Narine Hovnanian at nhovnanian@nachc.com for more information.


Continuing Human Resources Education

NWRPCA has applied for approval for certification credit hours toward Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at www.hrci.org.


Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Past conferences have offered up to 25.5 credit hours.


Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Continuing Nursing credit will be awarded through Migrant Clinicians Network. Migrant Clinicians Network is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

NWRPCA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Delivery Method of all courses: Group-Live
Program Level: Basic & Overview
Conference participants can earn up to: 10.5 CPE credits in Business Management Organization field of study.
Prerequisites: None
Who should attend? CEO’s, CFOs, Operation Managers, Finance department professionals, Education Directors, Managers with a finance or fiscal capacity.
Advance Preparation: all material will be posted on NWRPCA learning vault 1-2 weeks prior to the conference. Access to session information, including supporting documents, can be found here: www.nwrpca.org/my-events.


In order to receive CEU’s, all attendees are responsible to sign in and sign out at each session during the conference.


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.



New Attendee Discount

Are you an employee of an NWRPCA member health center? Do you plan to attend the entire conference? We are pleased to offer 25% off (or one free conference day) of one full registration to an employee that has not had the opportunity to attend an NWRPCA training. The discount is redeemable for one individual per member health center.


Select the Spring 2018 Member Full Conference - New Member Attendee ticket as you register for the conference. For more information, contact the Registration Team.


Conference Fees (all fees are per person):


Early Bird Rates


Regular Rates (per person)

Full Conference - $1200

Individual days - $450


NWRPCA & AACHC 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 April 13, 2018 increase by $100 for full conference, $50 for two-day registrants, and $25 for individual days.


Please note the registration cancellation deadline is Saturday, May 5, 2018. 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. For any questions, complaints/grievances, please email registration@nwrpca.org. 



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