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ANNUAL
HEALTH CARE CONFERENCE
2024

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a look back

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After opening comments from NVPCA CEO, Nancy Bowen, and our Lead Sponsor, SilverSummit Healthplan, we started our 2023 Annual Health Care Conference with a spectacular and resonating keynote from the one and only, Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell. Besides her popular social media presence and her notable press and speaking engagements, you might know her as Dr. Spicy Donut. Her “Health Equity, Why it Matters” presentation opened our eyes and expanded our minds. She discussed equity vs. equality and when addressing health equity, we need to recognize the unique circumstances and historical context. She closed with four actions to focus on: building trust, increasing health literacy, expanding health care access, and cultural and linguistic competency.


Kelly Rondou, Senior Consultant Wipfli LLP, brought Strategic Leadership for Health Professions Education & Training (HPET) to our attention. She stressed the importance of recruitment and retention by focusing in on opening doors, building pathways, and providing new opportunities for future workforce. Utilizing Data to answer what is our need and where we are now as well as building a culture if education, and stressing the importance of DEI. Jen Calohan, owner and principal consultant for Curis Consulting addressed the challenges of “change fatigue” by explaining a revitalized approach to engage teams and successfully manage change. If we don’t pay attention to the people side, we will keep starting over. 


After lunch, Ernest Meshack-Hart, DDS, Dental Director Terry Reilly Health Services, thoroughly discussed advancing oral health access through integrated health models. Through models of integration, we can plan and be ready, we can highlight the relationship between oral health and chronic disease, we can utilize teamwork to facilitate the process, we can provide extensive training, we can employ health information technology, and then we can evaluate and see if it is working and making a difference.


Our breakout sessions consisted of Rosanne Sugay, MD, MPH, AAHIVM, Medical Director Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center Nevada, and her talk entitled “Alphabet Soup,” which addressed each health center’s role in addressing STIs and HIV. Amber Murray, BSN, MA, PMP, Technical Expert Lead JBS International, Inc. illuminated the room with “Semper Gumby: Applying an Integrated Care Model to Achieve Sustained Improved Outcomes in a Community Health Care Setting.” The phenomenal Jodi Tate, Population Health Director Canyonlands Healthcare, helped the attendees cultivate provider engagement by understanding the power of purposeful leadership.


Jillian Maccini, MBA, Senior Consultant HITEQ Center (JSI), went beyond the headlines and examined the promise and assumptions for AI in health centers. She highlighted the types of AI in health care and how to apply a digital strategy framework while applying a digital health strategy and asking, “what do we want to see automated. Jake Wahrer, Vice President of Infrastructure and Technology Northern Nevada HOPES, ended the educational sessions with a staggering and sobering look at how to respond to a ransomware attack and the real-world impact on a FQHC. The impressive Jake Wahrer said, “Everyone has a plan . . . until they get punched in the face.” He thoroughly explained what a ransomware attack is, how AI tricks staff into giving up information, and the steps required to react to a ransomware attack. With his impressive credentials, Jake left the room shocked and also ready to take the next steps in boosting health center cybersecurity.


We ended day one with our super fun “Back to the 80’s” reception that was sponsored by Anthem. IT was a fun unwinding with food, drinks, music, dancing, costume contest, and an amazing décor.


Day two started with a health center program update from Commander Deidre Washington-Jones, MPH, US Public Health Service Director, Compliance Evaluation and Support Office of Health Center Program Monitoring, Bureau of Primary Health Care. CDR Washington-Jones covered Operational Site Visits, strategic priorities, compliance findings, the Health Center Program 2035, and COVID response. NVPCA’s Policy Director, Steve Messinger headed up the policy perspectives panel and was joined by Jose Melendrez, MSW, Executive Director Office of Community Partnerships School of Public Health University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and government affairs extraordinaire, Elyse Monroy-Marsala. They kept the crowd up to date on the ever-changing landscape of health care policy and what is happening in DC. 


The second day breakout sessions were comprised of an in-depth discussion of Syphilis from Ivy Spadone, MS, PA-C, AAHIVS, Faculty Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center Nevada. An understanding of medical and behavioral health work RVUs from Debra Phairas, President Practice and Liability Consultants, LLC. Kaleigh Mancha, Program Director of Yoga Haven showed us how to increase resilience through trauma-informed, mindfulness programming and ended with a lovely guided mediation. 


We had a delicious lunch and presented the NVPCA Health Care Awards. You can see the well-deserving recipients in the photo gallery. The conference ended with Santor Nishizaki, Ph.D., MBA, CEO Mulholland Consulting Group, illustrating how to lead across multiple generations in the workplace. He highlighted that leadership is about empowering others and explained the different perspectives and needs of boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Y, and Gen Z. The conference came to an insightful conclusion with a brilliant recap and summation from our smart and charismatic emcee, Tiffany Young. NVPCA has so much gratitude for each an every one of you who made this educational event a success! We look forward to seeing all of you for our 2024 Annual Health Care Conference!

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