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,
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
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.