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The questions appear across our screens and echo in our minds: When will things return to “normal?” What will the “new normal” look like? However, we persevere, pushing through the uncertainty.

Community Health Centers (CHCs) reside at the center of the pandemic’s impacts, ensuring that the most vulnerable receive care despite the financial, emotional, and social challenges they themselves endure. CHCs’ resilience will yield a foundation for recovery and opportunities for reinvention based on the lessons learned.

While there is no guarantee that the crisis will have passed, MPCA’s 2021 Annual Conference: Embracing Change: Recovery, Resilience, and Reinvention will address where our network stands, identify the gaps exposed under the past year’s strain, and share the tools and knowledge to employ change to strengthen our work. Sessions will focus on the impacts from greater use of technology, the skills to maintain effectiveness during personal stress and uncertain circumstances, and the strategies to overcome the challenges – both new and enduring – to serving Maine people.

Virtual Sessions will take place the first three Thursday’s in October from 2:30 – 5:00 PM. This year we have added 30 minutes to the beginning of the first 3 sessions, dedicated to the MPCA Clinical & Administrative Awards, where we celebrate and honor health center staff for their outstanding work in the communities they serve. We will open our conference on Oct. 7 with a Conference Dedication/Special Presentation. Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of these remarkable individuals. Following the Awards ceremony there will be two full hours of expert content.

The fourth Thursday will host our Annual Board of Directors Orientation, which kicks off at 3:00 PM. Whether you are a seasoned board member or just starting your journey, please plan to join us for this informational session and discussion.

Conference sessions will include:

10/07 – Keynote Address

  • Arethusa S. Kirk, MD, FAAP, National Senior Medical Director UHC Community and State, United HealthCare

Workforce Recovery: Promoting Organization and Employee Wellness

  • Matt Bennett, MBA, MA, author of Connecting Paradigms

10/14 – Telehealth Panel

  • Christina Quinlan, Founder, Christina Rose Consulting Group,
  • Reid Plimpton, MPH, Project Manager, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC),
  • Sara Willey, FNP, Bucksport Regional Health Center, and
  • Nancy Cronin, Executive Director, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

Health Information Technology: Recovery into Resilience

  • Anna Gard, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Health IT & Clinical Consultant, AMG Consulting, LLC

10/21 – Clinical Overview of Colorectal Cancer, Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure (BOLD), and Dental Grants

  • Colorectal Cancer – Deana Baptiste, MPH, PhD, Director, Cancer Screening Guidelines Development, American Cancer Society,
  • Dental Health – Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President/CEO of the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, and
  • BOLD – Peggy Crawford, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, Patient and Family Advisory Council Member, Health Centric Advisors

10/28 – Annual MPCA Board of Directors Orientation:

  • Darcy Shargo, MFA, CEO, Maine Primary Care Association
  • Other MPCA Leadership and Staff

The Board Orientation Session is only available to MPCA Board Members. There is no fee associated with this session, and we encourage all MPCA Board Members to attend.

Click HERE for the draft conference agenda.

Target Audience:
Health Center leadership, Clinical leadership, HIT staff, Workforce staff, Telehealth providers.

Fee:
$40.00 per day

Continuing Education Credits:
Application for Continuing Medical Education Credits (CMEs) will be filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians and Application for Dental Continuing Education Credits (CEs) will be filed with the Maine Board of Dental Examiners. Determination of all credits is pending.

For more information, please contact Andrea Watkins: awatkins@mepca.org or (207) 621-0677.


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