Annual Primary Care Conference

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Looking Forward to 2022 Annual Primary Care Conference
Highlights from the 2021 Annual Primary Care Conference


The 2022 CHAMPS/NWRPCA (Northwest Regional Primary Care Association) Annual (Fall) Primary Care Conference will take place October 15-18, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. This multi-day, multi-track conference will offer a variety of keynote plenaries, networking opportunities, educational sessions, exhibits by industry experts, and more designed to meet the needs of Region 18 (Regions VIII and X) Community Health Center staff. More information is coming soon.

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Call for Abstracts
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Advertising, Exhibitor, & Sponsor Opportunities
Safety/COVID-19 Protocols


Interested in presenting? CHAMPS and NWRPCA are now accepting abstract applications for consideration to speak at the 2022 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference. We are looking for sessions that appeal to our attendees with creative ways to connect and engage with their peers. Abstracts should examine current programs, practices, and/or policies related to Community Health Centers and Primary Care, including:

  • Board Governance & Leadership
  • Clinical
  • Finance
  • Healthy Communities
  • Human Resources & Workforce
  • Hot Topics
  • Operations
  • Policy

For full details on presenting and to complete your submission, please click HERE.

Abstract submissions are due by Friday, July 1, 2022.


All participants must register in advance. Additional details and the link to register will be available soon.


The 2022 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference will take place at a hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado. Details about the conference hotel, including instructions for booking a discounted room, will be shared with registrants in their conference registration confirmation package.


2022 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference registration reimbursement will be available to CHAMPS Organizational Member CHCs in good standing as of October 14, 2022. Each CHAMPS Organizational Member CHC is entitled to reimbursement for one registration fee. CHC staff who are eligible for the administrative registration reimbursement include line staff, medical support staff, and mid-level managers and supervisors as well as CHC board members; Executive Directors/CEOs are not eligible. Registration reimbursement requests will be accepted beginning October 19, 2022; reimbursement will be processed after the conference has concluded. The request form must be completed by December 15, 2022 and only one form per member organization will be accepted.

Region VIII clinicians will be able to apply for Clinical Travel Support Reimbursement. Those eligible include clinicians working 0.50 FTE as providers (medical, behavioral, or dental) in a CHAMPS Organizational Member CHC in good standing as of October 14, 2022 or a member of the Mountain/Plains Clinical Network (MPCN) Steering Committee. MPCN Steering Committee members may receive an additional $100 reimbursement with participation on the committee prior to the Fall Conference and attendance at the Fall Conference Steering Committee Meeting. The total value available for travel support is $700 (or $800 for members of the MPCN Steering Committee). Clinical travel support reimbursement requests will be accepted beginning October 19, 2022; reimbursement will be processed after the conference has concluded. The request form must be completed by December 15, 2022 with all original/legible receipts and mileage map included in order for the payment to be processed.

More details on the registration and clinical travel reimbursement request processes will be available soon.


The CHAMPS/NWRPCA Primary Care Conference offers various exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities that allow you to highlight your company and your product/service information to health center decision-makers who purchase health care services. Sponsors are featured prominently in the conference app and signage and enjoy varied and negotiable benefits.

More information on advertising, exhibitor, and sponsor opportunities will be coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact Janeane Harwell, NWRPCA Development Specialist.


More information coming soon.


Each year, CHAMPS presents awards to staff and board members of Region VIII Health Centers and related organizations to recognize exceptional contributions to the health center community. Over the years this process has allowed CHAMPS to honor numerous highly deserving individuals from across the region for their outstanding advocacy, leadership, and dedication to the health center mission.

The Call for Nominations for 2022 CHAMPS Awards is now open. All nominations must be submitted by Monday, July 25, 2022. Please visit the CHAMPS Awards webpage for more information about the 2022 Call for Nominations, details about 2021 CHAMPS Awardees, and lists of awardees from prior years.


CHAMPS and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) welcomed attendees, exhibitors, and presenters from across the nation at the Annual Primary Care Conference, held virtually October 25-27, 2021. Participants enjoyed formal and informal networking and educational opportunities with clinicians, board members, and administrative staff from health centers, Primary Care Associations, governmental offices, and related organizations in Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) and Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and across the country.

The 2021 conference theme was “Re•connect – Re•envisioning Community Health for 2022 & Beyond” which highlighted the collaboration among our communities, where long-held partnerships were re•vitalized and new connections forged. The months leading up to the NWRPCA/CHAMPS Virtual Fall Primary Care Conference demonstrated the ability of Community Health Centers to continue to adapt and innovate to effectively address unforeseen challenges, even in the most uncertain times. This theme looked toward the future with re•kindled energy and a commitment to a re•vitalized Community Health movement.

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Conference Thank You Video
Notable Speakers
Educational & Networking Sessions
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Other Conference Highlights
Photo Memories
Continuing Education 


The Closing Plenary featured a thank you video which honors health centers from across Regions VIII and X for the immensely important work they perform every day. The video features Jesus Hernandez, NWRPCA Board Chair, and John Santistevan, CHAMPS Board President, and provides a glimpse into the efforts of our Regions VIII and X health centers over the past two years. To view the video, visit


At the Opening Plenary on Monday morning, conference participants enjoyed HRSA and NACHC Updates focusing on the current policy and healthcare environment. Speakers included:

  • Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Luis Padilla, Associate Administrator for Health Workforce, Bureau of Health Workforce
  • Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, Senior VP of Western Division, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Ben Money, Senior VP, Public Health Priorities, National Association of Community Health Centers

At the Closing Plenary on Wednesday afternoon, conference participants enjoyed a conversation focused on caring for others and keeping up the great work that has been seen from health centers in Regions VIII and X over the years. The featured speakers was:

  • Christopher Ridenhour, Chief Encouragement Officer, Inspired2Results!


The conference offered attendees a broad range of educational and networking sessions organized around the following tracking: Governance, Clinical & Care Innovations, Fiscal Optimization, Healthy Communities, Hot Topics, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Workforce/HR Optimization, and Quality Transformation. More than 50 sessions, roundtable lunches, breakout meetings, and plenary sessions provided rich opportunities to learn from clinicians, administrators, and board members in Regions VIII and X, and from other regional and national consultants and partners. Continuing Education credit hours were offered for physicians, nurses, accountants, human resources professionals, social workers, and board members.

The conference featured diverse tracks of educational sessions, including: 

Three days of energizing Clinical & Care Innovations sessions:

  • Coaching for Oral Health Integration
  • Peer Learning for Clinical Leaders
  • The Addiction Medicine Network in Montana: Supporting Addiction Treatment
  • Communication Strategies to Improve Patient Engagement
  • Assessing Implementation of Medicare Annual Wellness Visits

Three days of education Fiscal Optimization sessions:

  • Understanding the Impact of VBP on FQHCs in Today’s Environment
  • Value-Based Contracting Planning
  • Navigating the Unknown: Informed Strategic Decisions
  • Capital Planning: From Foundation to Financing
  • Thinking Ahead: The New Normal Financial & Operational Planning
  • Medium Term Financial Planning for the End of ARPA

One day of essential Governance sessions:

  • CHC 101: Introduction to the Community Health Center Movement
  • Getting It Right: HRSA Compliance & Requirements for Board Members
  • The Role of Governing Board: Strategic Planning, Fiduciary Responsibilities, & Risk Management
  • Staying the Course to Address Health Equity

Three days of enlightening Healthy Communities sessions:

  • Addressing Weight Bias & Fatphobia for Improved Patient Care
  • Why ALL Health Centers Should Care about Housing Insecurity
  • Community-Centered Approaches to Racial & Social Justice
  • Relational Community Organizing to Address Structural Challenges to Health
  • Thriving Together
  • From Identification to Mitigation, Address the Social Determinants in the Clinical Setting
  • Activating Emotional Wellness for & by Latinx Community

One day of relevant Hot Topics sessions:

  • Policy Updates & Grassroot Advocacy
  • Climate Change: What Health Centers Can Do to Protect Communities
  • The Role of Health Centers in the Public Health System
  • COVID-19 Update

Three days of instructive Leadership sessions:

  • Creating a Coaching Culture
  • The Adaptive Leader: Survival Guide for Leaders in Times of Crisis (Supersession Part 1)
  • Leading Others in Times of Crisis (Supersession Part 2)
  • Developing, Sustaining, & Leading Resilient Teams
  • We Are Equity: An Indigenous Approach to Systems Transformation

Three days of essential Operational Excellence sessions:

  • Ending Patient Provider Relationship with Compassion & Compliance
  • Holistic Huddles to Peak Performance: A Care Transformation Journey
  • Disaster Activation Lessons Learned from COVID+, Wildfires, & Extreme Heat
  • Privacy & Security Risk Management Today

Two day of informative Quality Transformation sessions:

  • Living Your Best Life (With Diabetes): Using Technology to Engage & Support Patients
  • Hypertension Screening Equity: Ethnicity & Patient-Specific Factor
  • Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Look at CHCW
  • Coding for Clinical Outcomes: Diagnosis Coding Tells the Real Story
  • Case Conceptualizations: Understanding & Contextualizing Rural Mental Health Care
  • Closing the COVID Gap in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Three days of transformative Workforce/HR Optimization sessions:

  • Ripple Effect: Spreading Resiliency within Teams
  • Employment Engagement through Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Programs for Increased Retention
  • Reimage Workforce Development & Elevate the Employee Experience
  • Teach, Inspire, Hire: A Preceptor Program for Recruitment & Retention
  • Controlling Costs without Degrading Benefits to Recruit/Retain Top Talent
  • Promoting Employee Wellness in a Time of Crisis

The conference also offered a variety of opportunities for attendees to connect with one another. 

The Community section of the conference’s online Whova platform promoted networking by allowing attendees to ask questions of one another on topics including upcoming conferences, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, how to improve the patient experience, and much more. Hundreds of messages and connections were formed between attendees throughout the conference.

Roundtables were held on Wednesday, October 27, for Chief Executive Officers and attendees of the Clinical & Care Innovations, Fiscal Optimization, Governance, Healthy Communities, Operational Excellence, and Workforce/HR Optimization tracks. These gave conference participants the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in their fields.

The Networking Happy Hour & Trivia session promoted socialization between conference attendees, combining fun and pub-style trivia. Attendees were separated into different teams and worked via Zoom breakout rooms to answer trivia questions. Topics included music, name that famous person, riddles, and more.


Video recordings of the 2021 NWRPCA/CHAMPS Fall Primary Care Conference are now available for conference participants in NWRPCA’s Learning Vault. To access the Learning Vault, use the email address you provided when registering for the conference. If you are  returning user, you may already have a password (or click ‘forgot password’ to reset). New users should use, ‘NWRPCA’ for the first log in and reset your password upon gaining access. Once inside the Learning Vault, click ‘My Videos’ on the top toolbar to access the session and event recordings. If you are having difficulties logging into the Learning Vault, please contact the NWRPCA Registration Team at


Session and event handouts from the 2021 NWRPCA/CHAMPS Fall Primary Care Conference are now available for conference participants in NWRPCA’s Learning Vault. To access the Learning Vault, use the email address you provided when registering for the conference. If you are  returning user, you may already have a password (or click ‘forgot password’ to reset). New users should use, ‘NWRPCA’ for the first log in and reset your password upon gaining access. Once inside the Learning Vault, click ‘My Videos’ on the top toolbar to access the session and event recordings. If you are having difficulties logging into the Learning Vault, please contact the NWRPCA Registration Team at


The Annual Conference is more than educational sessions and plenary speeches!

Individuals who registered by October 8 were eligible for a Welcome Box of snacks and swag locally sourced from Washington State, since the conference was originally to take place in Seattle.

Participants had formal and informal ways to learn about resources, win prizes, and inspire one another via the Whova platform. Whova was the central hub for attendees as it provided the agenda, speaker information and handouts, a Community networking section, and much more.

Throughout the conference attendees had opportunities to become Prize Winners.

Attendees interacting with the conference’s seventeen online exhibitors participated in the Passport Contest, and the seven attendees who completed all eligibility tasks were entered into a raffle to receive a free 2022 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Conference registration. The 2021 Passport Contest winner was:

  • Bobbi Surplus, Revenue Cycle Manager at Mosaic Medical (OR)

Another competition within the Whova platform encouraged attendees to earn points by accessing conference materials, interacting with other conference participants, sharing articles, and more, and competitors were able to track their points earned. The winners of this Leadership Challenge were:

  • Jania Arnoldi, President and Chief Executive Officer at Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc (CO)
  • Nadine Boe, Chief Executive Officer at Northland Health Centers (ND)

Winners of the Happy Hour & Trivia session on Tuesday, October 26 received Target gift cards. The self-titled winning team was:

  • Those Who Cannot Be Named

Congratulations to all!

Additionally, five designated Lunch & Learns took place on Monday and Tuesday of the conference, sponsored by Labcorp, Neenan Archistruction, AHEC Western WA/Pyxis/NIH All of Us, Nonstop Wellness (NAIS), and the University of Washington’s Psychiatry Consultation Line. Thank you to our Conference Sponsors, Track Session Sponsors, and Lunch & Learn Sponsors.


Please click here to view and download the 2021 Conference Photo Journal.


In support of health center staff, clinicians, administrators, and board members pursuing professional development, CHAMPS/NWRPCA conferences are a consistent source of continuing education units (CEU). This year we have been approved to provide the following CEU opportunities: continuing medical education (CME), continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing professional education (CPE), human resources (HR), and continuing social work and counseling education (NASW).

CEU certificates are processed by NWRPCA after the conference ends and may take several weeks to receive. Please contact the CHAMPS Clinical and Quality Improvement Director if you have any questions regarding CEUs.