2015 Spring Primary Care Conference and Annual Membership Meeting
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2015 Spring Primary Care Conference and Annual Membership Meeting

5/16/2015 to 5/19/2015

When: 5/16/2015
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

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2015 Spring Primary Care Conference
Traversing the Healthcare Crevasse

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 Spring Primary Care Conference such a success!

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2016 Spring Primary Care Conference
and Annual Membership Meeting
May 14 - 17, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska



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Join us this spring in Portland—the City of Roses—for our annual conference for administrative and clinical leaders, staff, and board members of Northwest community health centers. No matter where you are in your career, the Spring Primary Care Conference and Membership Meeting has something for you.


The four-day conference will feature prominent keynote and plenary speakers, powerful breakout sessions, networking with your primary care colleagues, and much more. Connect with peers at the traditional roundtable lunches and visit Central City Concern, a nonprofit agency providing supportive housing, employment resources, and healthcare services to Portland single adults and families.

Speakers and Special Sessions

Keynote Speaker

Linda RudolphLinda Rudolph, Co-Director of the Climate Change and Public Health Project, Public Health Institute's Climate Change and Public Health

In addition to her keynote address, Dr. Rudolph will present a session not to be missed! "Health in All Policies: A Framework for Advancing Equity"


Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH, leads the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute. She works with people across a broad spectrum of public health activities to incorporate health considerations into climate change action, and climate change considerations into work to promote healthy communities and health equity.


Before her appointment at PHI, Dr. Rudolph served as the deputy director of the California Department of Public Health's Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Public Health and the health officer and public health director for the City of Berkeley, CA. She served as the chief medical officer for Medi-Cal Managed Care, medical director for the California Division of Workers' Compensation and executive medical director for the Industrial Medical Council.


Rudolph received her doctorate in medicine and clinical training in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the University of California at San Francisco and her master's in public health from the University of California at Berkeley.


Updates from HRSA and NACHC

Tonya BowersTonya Bowers, Acting Associate Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, DHHS


As head of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Bowers manages a nearly $5 billion budget that supports the health care safety net for many underserved people across the country. Most of these funds support nearly 9,000 health center sites. Bowers also oversees health center program capital investment funding under the Affordable Care Act, which represents the largest capital investment to health centers in the history of the program. To date, the $1.5 billion in awards have supported major construction and renovation projects at 550 community health centers nationwide.


Joe GallegosJoe Gallegos, Senior Vice President of NACHC Western Operations


Joe Gallegos joined the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as senior vice president for Western Operations in O2005. Although NACHC’s corporate offices are in Washington, D.C., Gallegos is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the offices of the New Mexico Primary Care Association.  He works with state and regional primary care associations on state and federal policy on behalf of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), supports grassroots advocacy that promote access to primary health care in underserved communities and provides technical assistance and consultation on health center operations.


Membership Lunch Meeting and Annual Awards Ceremony

Leigh Anne JashewaySpecial guest speaker Leigh Anne Jasheway will bring her witty and humorous insights to the Membership Lunch and Award Ceremony.


Jasheway, a M.P.H. (master of public health/mistress of public humor), is a stress management and humor expert who helps women and men manage stress, embrace change, and become healthier by learning to lighten up. She is the author of sixteen books and won the 2003 Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her true story on how her first mammogram caught on fire. She teaches at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, is a humor columnist for the Register Guard’s Weekend and the former host of The Giggle Spot on All Comedy 1450 AM. You can get regular humor and stress management tips a Don’t Get Mad Get Funny on Facebook.


Susan JohnsonSusan Johnson, Regional Director, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Region X


Susan Johnson was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama as Regional Director of Region X. As HHS Regional Director, she serves as Secretary Burwell’s primary representative and liaison to key constituencies in the Region. In this role, Johnson  works with federal, state, local and tribal officials on a wide range of health and social service issues. For 12 years prior to this she was regional health administrator and director of the King County Health Action Plan, a voluntary partnership of over 40 organizations convened by Public Health, Seattle and King County to implement innovative collaborative policy development and pilot projects that focus on system change and improvement of worsening health trends affecting vulnerable populations within King County, Wash.


Outreach and Enrollment National Updates Lunch

Ted Henson, NACHC; Ezra Watland, Enroll America; Dave Chandra, CBPP; Jessica Kendall, Families USA; Priya Helweg, CMS  


Walking Tour to Central City Concern

Tuesday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Central City Concern is a Federally Qualified Health Center/Health Care for the homeless site. This guided tour will include their clinical campus including the Old Town Clinic primary care clinic and Old Town Recovery Center mental health program. Together, the co-located clinics serve over 4,500 patients annually, most very low income, homeless (or at risk of homelessness), and with multiple diagnoses. CCC is a local and national leader in providing innovative, integrated team based care to this population.


Agenda Highlights

(Please note: schedule subject to change; details may change. This is a preliminary schedule and is provided to show the nature and content of conference programming.)

Click here to download a PDF copy of the agenda.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the session descriptions.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the speakers bios.


Saturday, May 16

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Conference Sessions
10:30 - 11 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
1:30 - 5 p.m. Conference Sessions
3 - 3:30 p.m. Break with Exhibitors


Sunday, May 17

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Conference Sessions
12 - 1:15 p.m. Board of Directors Roundtable Lunch
1:30 - 5 p.m. Conference Sessions
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. NWRPCA Board Meeting
6 - 8 p.m. Welcome Reception


Monday, May 18

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Plenary with Keynote SpeakerLinda Rudolph;

HRSA Updates with Tonya Bowers, Acting Associate Administrator, HHRSA, DHHS

NACHC Updates Joe Gallegos, Senior Vice President of NACHC Western Operations

10:30 - 11 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Conference Sessions
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Clinicians, HR, Operations, CEOs and CFOs Roundtable Lunches
2:30 - 3 p.m. Dessert break with Exhibitors
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Conference Sessions


Tuesday, May 19

9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Health Center Tour
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Conference Sessions
10 - 10:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
10:30 - 12 p.m. Conference Sessions
12 - 2 p.m. Membership Lunch
12 - 2 p.m. Outreach and Enrollment National Updates Lunch


Session Highlights

Fifty enlightening, content-rich sessions covering topics from leadership, operations and governance to PCMH, policy, and fiscal matters. Click here to download a PDF copy of the session descriptions for more details.


This year’s agenda includes:


Health in All Policies: A Framework for Advancing Equity
Linda Rudolph, Public Health Institute


Behavioral Health Consultation Model in PCMH
Patricia Robinson, PhD, Mountainview Consulting and Jeffrey Reiter, PhD, Swedish Medical Center


Patients with Substance Use Disorders: What Primary Care Providers and Teams Need to Know

Rachel Solotaroff, MD, Central City Concern, and Daren Ford, OHSU


Understanding Charge Setting/Charge Capture Strategies/Maximizing KPI
Ray Jorgensen, CEO, PMG


Half a Loaf: Recent Administrative Action on Immigration and its Impact on Health Center Patients and Providers
Roger Rosenthal, Migrant Legal Action Program


I Know my 19! Play to Win!

Play the “I Know my 19!” game with our exhibitors at this year's Spring Conference, an educational game to connect you with the companies and organizations best positioned to help you fulfill your 19 HRSA program requirements. And what game is complete without a fabulous prize? Complete your game card, turn it in—and you’re entered to win a prize! No need to be present at the drawing to win.


The grand prize is a $1,000 VISA gift card donated by Dave Thorpe, Expense Reduction Analysts (NWRPCA individual member). Other prizes include a free registration for the 2015 Community Health Institute in Orlando donated by National Association of Community Health Centers, a hosted round of golf with lunch at TPC Snoqualimie Ridge donated by Parker, Smith and Feek and more!


Conference Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertiser 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.

Learn more about becoming a conference sponsor.

Conference exhibitors have a unique opportunity to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest. Exhibit tables are still available.

Click Here to Complete our Online Sponsor, Exhibitor and Advertiser Application

Download the Prospectus



Our conference block rates are full. Please check with hotels below to see if a special rate is available.

Be sure to mention Northwest Regional Primary Care Association.

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront - conference location
1401 Southwest Naito Parkway

Call 877-901-6632 or visit Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront to reserve a room online.


Overflow Hotel Reservations


Courtyard Portland City Center Marriott
550 SW Oak Street, Portland, OR 97204
Call Marriott reservations at 800-606-3717 or visit their online reservation to book your room. 

This hotel in on the green/yellow max line and about four blocks from the max stop near the conference hotel.


Hotel Modera

515 SW Clay, Portland OR 97201

Call Hotel Modera at 877-484-1084 or reserve online atwww.hotelmodera.com.

This hotel is about four blocks by foot.

Continuing Education Units

CEU available for continuing education credits for dental (CDE), professional (CPE), nursing (CNE), human resources (HR), medical (CME), and governance (GOV).


Conference Fees (all fees are per person):

On or before May 1, 2015 


Standard Conference Fees

  • Full Conference:  $1,200
    Full Conference NWRPCA Member: $790
  • One Day: $450
    One Day NWRPCA Member: $300

Special Rates, Group Discounts, Presenters

Group rate offers 10 percent discount for four or more NWRPCA members from the same organization attending the conference.

  • Full Conference NWRPCA Member Group Rate: $711
  • One Day NWRPCA Member Group Rate: $270
  • Federal and Student Rate:
               One Day: $160 
  • Presenters (contracted speakers):
          No fee for the day of presentation 
          $300 (day of presentation and one day)
          $500 (day of presentation and two days)
          $650 (full conference)

Payment must be received prior to the conference to confirm registration.


After May 1, 2015

Full conference registration fee increase by $100

Two-day registration fee increase by $50

One-day registration fee increase by $25


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