Anchorage, Alaska- The Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) 2019

Spring Summit, formerly known as the Spring Primary Care Conference, is a two and a half day

nationally recognized community health center conference ideal for health center staff,

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clinicians, administrators, and boards of directors. At this conference, attendees learn from

prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, and network with regional colleagues.

NWRPCA will host the Spring Summit from May 19-21 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

This year’s conference theme, “Heart - Value - Movement”, focuses on the important

aspects of the community health center movement, encouraging attendees to come together as a

part of a larger community respond to challenges together, such as mental health and substance

abuse. This year a Mental Health First Aid Training & Certification is included in conference

cost. The training covers common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse,

how to interact with a person in crisis, etc. The Spring Summit will feature conference sessions

in carefully curated tracks of governance, population and rural health, health center operations

and finance, and workforce and human resources. Continuing education units will also be

available for those seeking professional development.

Three keynote speakers will present at the summit: Ernia Hughes is Director of the

Office of Northern Health Services at the Health Resources & Services Administration and

oversees program monitoring and assistance activities for more than 700 federally qualified

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health centers. Joe Gallegos, the senior vice president of western operations at the National

Association of Community Health Centers, will deliver valuable insight for conference

attendees. Lastly, the Rev. Dr. Michael James Oleksa will provide observations of his last 35

years in Alaska, serving as a village priest, university professor, and consultant on intercultural

relations and communications.

Post-conference opportunities include NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Introductory and Advanced Trainings from May 22-24 and the Alaska Primary Care Association

Annual Membership Meeting.

The full conference fee is $750 for NWRPCA members, $975 for non-members, and

$490 for federal employees and students. A $200 one-day rate is offered for health center board

members to attend the governance track. Hotel reservation information and an Alaska Airlines

discount are available on the website. More information about registering for the conference is

also available on the website and (206) 783-3004.

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