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Spring Primary Care Conference in the Lilac City

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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This year’s Spring Primary Care conference was held in the beautiful Lilac City of Spokane, Washington. With over 250 attendees, 25+ sponsors, 75+ speakers, 30+ exhibitors, and 53 sessions across 4 days, we had a full house.


Saturday morning was kicked off by our keynote speaker, Nanci Luna Jimenez. She brought lots of enthusiasm and excitement around the “rock, paper, scissors” game. Our audience was engaged and willing to be eggs, chickens, dinosaurs, power rangers, and immortals.


Saturday, NWRPCA hosted its first annual Women in Healthcare Leadership Lunch, facilitated by Nanci Luna Jimenez with over 60 attendees.  Women (and men) got to discuss what it is like to be a woman in leadership and in the workplace, and consider personal experiences of bias and power dynamics.


Seth Doyle, our Community Health Improvement Program Manager, led our CHC 101 luncheon with over 20 attendees. We hold this luncheon every conference for all first time attendees.


That evening, we hosted our first wine walking tour in Spokane. We had 35 attendees participate in the wine, cheese, and social activity. We will definitely be holding it again at our next conference!  Our conference also coincided with the city’s annual Lilac Parade, which featured every marching band within 1000 miles.


Sunday we held our welcome reception on the hotel terrace and had an opportunity to mingle and socialize with other attendees. The band, Haley Young, entertained us while we soaked in the sun and solved the world's most pressing issues together.


Monday morning we heard policy updates from Amanda Pears Kelly from NACHC, Tonya Bowers from HRSA, and Sarah Lueck from the Center on Budget and Policy. We concluded the day with raffling out lots of prizes from our wonderful exhibitors at the Exhibitor's Reception!


Tuesday was the Annual Membership Meeting, with a fun activity and presentation by Adele Allison and fantastic guitar music by local legend, Paul Grove.  Our Legacy Award winners this year were Araceli Gaytan from Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and Angelica Ruppe from La Clinica, both longtime CFOs.  Thank you both for your many years of service!  Our Summit Award winner was Jennifer Kreidler Moss, for her outstanding work in community partnership development at Peninsula Community Health Services in Washington.  Joel Medendorp won our grand prize of $500 and has generously donated it to his health center, Cross Road Medical Center.


We had 53 sessions on diverse topics ranging from dieticians at community health centers to strategic planning, and everything in between.


Thanks to all those who attended! We are looking forward to seeing you at our Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle!


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