Annual Primary Care Conference

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Fall 2020
Conference Highlights from Fall 2019 in Seattle, WA

FALL 2020

The 2020 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Primary Care Conference is scheduled to be held virtually Monday, October 19-Thursday, October 22, 2020.

CHAMPS and NWRPCA are committed to the wellbeing of our members, partners, and staff, and therefore, after much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to host the Fall 2020 Primary Care Conference virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to provide an engaging event while also protecting the health and safety of all our attendees.

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The theme of this year’s Fall Primary Care Conference, Leading in a New Landscape, reflects the extraordinary times we are all facing and the exceptional and inspiring leadership of Region 18 Community Health Centers. Recent months have demonstrated the ability of Community Health Centers to adapt and innovate to effectively address unforeseen challenges, even in the most uncertain times. This theme honors Community Health Centers and their dedicated staff and board members who continue to lead their organizations and communities with compassion and excellence.

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Continuing Education Units
Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities
Registration Fees
Registration Reimbursement

View the Virtual Conference Schedule; the schedule is subject to change so check back regularly for updates.

Draft Schedule (updated 9/15/20)

View Fall Conference Session Information; the session information is subject to change so check back regularly for updates.

Draft Session Information (updated 9/11/20)

The conference tracks are as follows:

  • Clinical & Care Innovations
  • Fiscal Optimization
  • Fundamentals of Board Governance/Leadership
  • Healthy Communities
  • Operational Excellence
  • Workforce & HR Optimization

Virtual Opening Plenary (free)          
This complimentary session will begin the 2020 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Annual Primary Care Conference on Monday, October 19th from 11:00AM-12:30PM MT. The Opening Plenary will feature Jim Macrae from the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) and Dr. Luis Padilla from the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). They will be joined by NACHC leadership and there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. The Opening Plenary is free for anyone to join; if you are not registering for the conference overall, and only want to attend the Opening Plenary, please click HERE to register.

Super Sessions (included in conference registration)
340B Pharmacy: What Every C-Suite & Board Member Needs to Know
Presented by Colleen Meiman, NACHC & Sue Veer, Carolina Health Centers
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 2:00-3:00PM MT
This session will provide an overview of the latest attacks on the 340B program, and suggestions for how to respond. Topics will include manufacturers’ refusal to ship 340B-priced drugs to contract pharmacies, their demands for extensive and valuable data, and the Executive Order around insulin and EpiPens. There will also be time for Q&A.

The 2020 National Elections & Their Impact on Health Care Policy
Presented by Amy Cunniffe, SplitOak Strategies & Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, NACHC
Monday, October 19, 2020 | 3:30-4:30PM MT
This session will explore the upheaval that characterizes the current political and economic moment, and will discuss ways in which health center advocates can influence the policy stances of the major parties and their candidates. Attendees will be able to identify what policy initiatives to anticipate from either major-party candidate if they are elected, and will learn how to develop basic messaging around advocacy.


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. 2020 awardees will be honored during the online CHAMPS Board of Directors meeting this autumn, potentially during the virtual CHAMPS Annual Primary Care Conference scheduled for October 19-22, 2020; additional scheduling information will be provided in late summer/early autumn 2020.

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 nomination period for the 2020 CHAMPS Awards is now closed. Check back for more information on the winners!


To support health center staff, clinicians, administration, and board of directors pursue professional development, CHAMPS and NWRPCA conferences are a consistent source of continuing education units (CEU). CHAMPS and NWRPCA are awaiting approval to provide the following CEU opportunities: continuing medical education (CME), continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing professional education (CPE), continuing human resources credit (HR), and continuing social work and counseling education (NASW).


Leverage your organization’s message at the CHAMPS/NWRPCA 2020 Virtual Annual Primary Care Conference. You will benefit from increased exposure as virtual attendees see your brand on sessions, and your organization will gain increased engagement with cost savings by not having to travel, or pay for printing or shipping costs.

The sponsorships and outreach opportunities embed attendee engagement throughout the conference schedule, in the live and recorded sessions, virtual office hours, and an online conference program. Virtual impressions will last because members will have access to recorded content archived in the Learning Vault.

Click HERE to download the Virtual Fall Primary Care Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertiser Prospectus.

Please contact the NWRPCA Development Specialist Janeane Harwell for more information about sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising opportunities.


Online registration is available until Monday, October 19, 2020.

Visit the 2020 Fall Primary Care Conference page on the NWRPCA website and click on Register.


All fees are per person for the full conference.


  • 1-3 attendees – $450
  • 4-7 attendees – $405 (10% discount – use code fall20tier1)
  • 8-11 attendees – $382.50 (15% discount – use code fall20tier2)
  • 12+ attendees – $360 (20% discount – use code fall20tier3)

Visit the CHAMPS Organizational Members webpage to determine if your organization is a current CHAMPS member.

Regular Rate/Non-Member

  • $650

Federal/Student Rate

  • $100

Presenter Rate

  • $325

Please note the registration cancellation deadline is Monday, October 5, 2020. Cancellations must be in writing (e-mail is fine). Cancellations made after the deadline are subject to a $25 cancellation fee per registrant. Cancellations made after the deadline are not refundable. For any questions, complaints/grievances, please email


2020 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Virtual Fall Primary Care Conference registration reimbursement is available to CHAMPS Organizational Member health centers in good standing as of October 18, 2020. Each CHAMPS Organizational Member health center is entitled to reimbursement for two registration fees: one administrative and one clinical (total value up to $900). Health center staff who are eligible for the administrative registration reimbursement include line staff, medical support staff, and mid-level managers and supervisors as well as health center board members; Executive Directors/CEOs are not eligible. Health center providers who are eligible for the clinical registration reimbursement include clinicians working 0.50 FTE or greater as medical, behavioral, or oral health providers. Registration reimbursement requests will be accepted beginning October 23rd; reimbursement will be processed after the conference has concluded. Reimbursement requests will only be accepted with proof of payment. Only one Reimbursement Request Form per member organization including both registration reimbursement requests will be accepted.

Click HERE to download the CHAMPS 2020 Fall Conference Registration Reimbursement Request Form.


CHAMPS and Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) welcomed attendees, exhibitors, and presenters from across the nation at this past year’s Annual Primary Care Conference held October 5-8, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Participants enjoyed formal and informal networking and educational opportunities with the Western Clinicians Network (WCN) as well as clinicians, board members, and administrative staff from health centers, Primary Care Associations, governmental offices, and related organizations in Regions VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) and X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington), and across the country.

The 2019 conference theme was “The Future is Now: Advancing Community Health and Wellbeing,” reflecting the power of Community Health Centers in impacting and propelling the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

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Photo Memories
CHAMPS 2019 Award Recipients 
Notable Speakers
Educational & Networking Sessions
Session Recordings
Session & Event Handouts
Other Conference Events
Continuing Education


Click here to view a photo journal from the 2019 conference!


Each year, in conjunction with the Annual Primary Care Conference, CHAMPS recognizes outstanding contributions to the Health Center Movement by individuals in Region VIII. Nominations are submitted by Region VIII Health Centers and Primary Care Associations, and awardees are chosen by the CHAMPS Executive Committee. CHAMPS honored the following highly deserving individuals with awards during the CHAMPS Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, October 6, 2019:

Anne Beer, Director of Homeless Programs at Peak Vista Community Health Centers in Colorado, received the Outstanding Advocate of the Underserved Award for demonstrating dedication to the health center mission and patient advocacy.

Tom Bibbey, Board Member at Heritage Health Center in Wyoming, received the Exceptional Board Leadership Award in recognition of his service and commitment to Heritage Health Center and the medically underserved.

Angela Green PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health at STRIDE Community Health Center in Colorado, was presented with the Exceptional Administrative Leadership Award for demonstrating passion for and dedication to the community health center mission.

Julie Hulstein, Executive Director, Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States, was awarded the Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award for advancing the mission and recognition of Community & Migrant Health Centers in the Mountain/Plains states.

Jonathan Muther PhD, Vice President of Behavioral Health and Training at Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado, was honored with the Exceptional Clinical Leadership Award for his commitment to clinical excellence and providing quality health care for all.


CHAMPS held its Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday evening. Board members received regional and national updates and calls for advocacy from the following speakers:

  • Joe Gallegos, Senior Vice President of Western Operations, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Tonya Bowers, Deputy Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Captain Sheila Pradia-Williams, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Health Workforce

At the Opening Plenary on Monday morning, conference participants enjoyed HRSA and NACHC Updates focusing on the current policy and healthcare environment as well as information on the Canadian Health Center Movement and landscape. Speakers included:

  • Joe Gallegos, Senior Vice President of Western Operations, National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Tonya Bowers, Deputy Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Nicole Chammartin, Co-Chair, Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, Executive Director, Klinic Community Health and Sexuality Education Resource Centre
  • Bill Davidson, Co-Chair, Canadian Association of Community Health Centres, Executive Director, Langs Community Health Wellness

Additionally, the keynote speaker, Alejandro (Alex) Romillo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Choice Network of Florida and Health Choice Network Inc., spoke on workforce, health information technology, and leadership strategies to implement cost-effective and leading-edge technology solutions to reach the most vulnerable patient populations.

The Closing Plenary on Tuesday afternoon featured a presentation by Richard Yonck, Founder and Lead Futurist, Intelligent Future Consulting.


The conference offered attendees a broad range of educational and networking sessions organized around the following tracks:

Clinical & Care Innovations, Fiscal Optimization, Fundamentals of Board Governance, Healthy Communities, Integrated Care, Operational Excellence, Population Health Management, Policy & Environment, Quality Transformation, Workforce & HR Optimization. More than 70 sessions, intensives, 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 dentists, physicians, nurses, accountants, human resources professionals, social workers, and board members.


Four days of engaging Clinical & Care Innovations and Integrated Care sessions:

  • Brief Cognitive Screening Tools for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
  • Transgender Care is Primary Care
  • Safer Sex in 2019: HIV and STD Prevention Update
  • Innovative Tools for Primary Care: STEADI Tool for Geriatric Fall Prevention and PULS Cardiac Test
  • Innovative Strategies to Build Capacity and Support Clinicians
  • Clinical Leadership Challenges: A Peer Learning Session
  • Hepatitis C Treatment in Primary Care
  • Nonpharmaceutical Approaches to Pain and Depression
  • Chronic Opiate Dependence: Pain, Protocols, and Stigma
  • Best Practices for Building and Supporting Integrated Primary Care Teams
  • Implementing a Health Center MAT Program: Three Perspectives
  • Improving Behavioral Health Access in Rural Primary Care
  • Innovating with Multidisciplinary Partners to Deliver Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Two days of energizing Fiscal Optimization sessions:

  • Creative Methods to Present Financial Information to Board Members
  • Innovative Financial Strategies for Supporting Complex Care Teams
  • Building Capacity for SDH Data Collection to Address Health Inequities
  • Operational Primary Care Strategies for Success in Value-Based Reimbursement
  • Sliding Scale & Procurement Challenges and Impact to FQHCs

Two days of essential Fundamentals of Board Governance sessions:

  • CHC 101: An Introduction to Community Health Centers
  • Build Your Board and a Great CEO Relationship
  • Financial Training for Board Members
  • Compliance and Your Board – Equipping Them for Effectiveness
  • The Role of Governing Board: Leading with Clarity
  • Life Is What Happens While You Are Making (Strategic) Plans
  • Community Hub – Cross Sector Partnerships Improve Access to Essential Services
  • Resilient Leadership

Two days of enlightening Healthy Communities sessions:

  • Leading for Health Equity
  • Engaging Patients Who Inject Drugs
  • Behavioral Health Co-Response and Law Enforcement
  • Incorporating Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity into the Clinical Setting
  • Bilingual Health Lifestyle Platform for Latinas
  • Food Stability as Medicine: A Fruit and Vegetable Prescription
  • CHCs in British Colombia, Canada: Case Studies and Insights
  • Beyond the Call: Child Advocacy through Strategic Community Partnerships

Two days of essential Operational Excellence sessions:

  • Cybersecurity: Understanding the New Guidance from HHS
  • The Role of Place in Optimizing Team Based Care
  • Technology Enablement for Patient Engagement: Improving Patient Care, Reducing Cost
  • The Network: Supporting Healthcare Emergency Response by Enhancing Partnerships
  • Quality Committee: An Integrated Approach to Managing Projects and Resources
  • Enhancing Value and Ensuring Compliance of 340B Pharmacy Programs
  • Meeting the Triple Aim through Supportive Housing for Homeless Individuals
  • The Risks and Rewards of Innovative Design in Healthcare Facilities

Two days of informative Population Health Management sessions:

  • Advancing Care Coordination in Population Health: Expanding Services and Measurement
  • Team-Based Care in a Value-Based Environment
  • Providing a Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood of Care through Collaboration
  • The Managed Care Data Set: Supporting Health Communities
  • Data-Driven Practice Transformation and Performance Improvement Strategy

Two days of informative Policy & Environment sessions:

  • Two Hearts, One Movement: US & CAN Perspectives
  • Health Care Advocate: Inspiring Advocacy Efforts within Your Health Center
  • Region 18 Approaches to Policy Issues
  • Funding and Health Services Challenges Arising from the 2020 Census
  • Immigration Outlook 2019: Policy, DACA, H-2A, & Public Charge

Two days of stimulating Quality Transformation sessions:

  • Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Every Community
  • Aligning Value-Based Incentives in a Network of FQHCs
  • Registered Nurses Working in Primary Care: Quality and Financial Implications
  • Beyond Diabetes Risk Reduction: A Broad Approach to Community Wellness
  • Utilizing Population Health Management to Maximize the Behavioral Health Team

Two days of wonderful Workforce & HR Optimization sessions:

  • How Trauma-Informed Becomes Trauma-Responsive: Growing a Resilient Workforce
  • The Quest for Joy in the Workplace
  • Building Skills for Effective Teams (BSET): Team Awareness and Team Building
  • Coaching as a Leadership Skill: Improve Problem-Solving, Retention, and Resiliency
  • Expanding the Boundaries of Your FQHC Workforce through Recruitment
  • Experienced Experts Share Best Practices from Growing Your Own
  • Essential Conflict Handling Skills for Healthcare Professionals
  • Leading the Way to Retention through Employee Engagement


Video recordings of the 2019 NWRPCA/CHAMPS Primary Care Conference are available for conference participants in NWRPCA’s Learning Vault (login required). To access these recordings, navigate to the Learning Vault website and enter your email address and password. Once you are logged in, click on “My Events” and then on the “view details” link next to the 2019 Fall Primary Care Conference. Next, click the “Sessions” button. Locate the conference session that you would like to view and click the “view” link beside it. If a recording is available, it will appear as an embedded video at the very top of the “Session Details” page. Click the play arrow in the center of the video to start.


Many session and plenary speakers provided electronic versions of their presentations, which have been posted in NWRPCA’s Learning Vault (login required) and are available to conference attendees. To access these handouts, navigate to the Learning Vault website and enter your email address and password. Once you are logged in, click on “My Events” and then on the “view details” link next to the 2019 Fall Primary Care Conference. Next, click the “Sessions” button. Locate the conference session for which you would like to access the handouts and click the “view” link beside it. To access the handouts associated with a session, click the “View All Session Files” link.


The Annual Conference is more than board meetings, educational sessions, and plenary speeches! Participants had other formal and informal ways to learn about resources, win prizes, and inspire one another.

Roundtable Sessions and Lunches held over several days for Board Members, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operations Officers, Chief Financial Officers, and Behavioral Health, Immigration, Primary Care Association, and Workforce/HR Staff gave conference participants the opportunity to collaborate with other experts in their fields.

The Welcome Reception on Saturday evening featured the Roosevelt Jazz Band, the top instrumental jazz ensemble from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School, and opportunities for networking and mingling.

Attendees of the CHC Tour of International Community Health Services (ICHS) on Monday afternoon explored the medical, dental, and elder care services at ICHS’ main clinic site.

On Monday night, conference exhibitors awarded exciting raffle prizes at the Networking Reception.

Dr. Judith Steinberg, Capt. Sheila Pradia-Williams, Dr. Kevin Ard, and Dr. Kiki Nocella, led sessions including the CMO Listening Session, Bureau of Health Workforce Lunch, Fenway Institute HIV Prevention Education Lunch, Education Health Center Initiative Meetings, and more.

Representatives from CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) addressed key Region VIII and Region X health center metrics during Monday’s breakfast meeting, A Discussion on the Annual Measure of Finance, Operations, and Productivity (AMFOP) Report and Benchmarking.


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). Each conference typically offers CEU in continuing professional education (CPE), continuing nursing education (CNE), continuing medical education (CME), continuing governance credit (GOV), continuing human resources education (PHR/SPHR), and continuing education for social work (NASW).

CEU certificates have been emailed to participants; please contact the CHAMPS Clinical Quality Improvement Director if you have any questions regarding CEUs.