Don’t Miss CPCA’s 2018 Annual Conference 

Join us at the Convention Center in downtown Sacramento on October 4 and 5 for CPCA’s 2018 Annual Conference! Our theme this year is “The Next Era in Community Health.” Our program will feature keynotes and breakout sessions that highlight how health centers are continuing to innovate and envision new approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of their communities. 

The conference will kick off with opening speaker Naomi Fuchs, CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health Center, which was hit hard by the devastating wildfires in northern California last year. The fire storms of 2017 tested health center leadership in new ways. While struggling with the emotional and physical devastation around them, health centers stood strong to support their staff, their patients, and their communities. Naomi will share the inspiring story of how the Santa Rosa Community Health Center team pulled together for each other and their community in the wake of the dramatic and tragic Santa Rosa fires. 

This year’s luncheon program will feature our annual awards presentation to honor health center leaders and champions as well as a celebration of the longstanding partnership between Kaiser Permanent Community Benefit and the Regional Associations of California. 

The closing keynote speaker will be Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University. Sara has devoted her career to issues of health justice for populations who are medically underserved as a result of race, poverty, disability, or cultural exclusion. She has emphasized public engagement as a core element of her professional life, providing public service to six Presidential Administrations and 19 Congresses, and is best known for her work on national health reform, Medicaid and private insurance, Medicaid managed care, health care access for medically underserved communities and populations, and civil rights and health care. 

Throughout the two days of the conference, attendees will be able to take advantage of more than a dozen breakout sessions that will feature presentations on Policy & Advocacy, Clinical Care & Innovations, Business Innovations, and Strategic Leadership. On Friday morning, we will be bringing back our popular “mini-sessions” for the Clinical Care & Innovations track. These shorter concurrent sessions provide enhanced opportunities for peer sharing and discussion of best practices and challenges and will feature topics related to serving special populations and addressing Social Determinants of Health. 

In addition to the educational sessions, the conference will include plenty of time for networking and visiting vendors in the Trade Show Exhibit Hall. As part of the Trade Show, attendees will once again be able to relax with an on-site chair massage and will also have opportunities to enjoy a new video lounge area and recharge station during breaks in the program.  

More information and the latest updates for the agenda and program can be found on the CPCA Annual Conference web site. We look forward to seeing you in October for our 2018 Annual Conference: The Next Era in Community Health!