Conference Day – Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023

Opening Session

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM       Where Do We Go From Here? Envisioning the Future of Health Care in Maine
Facilitated by Carol Kelly


10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Plenary I
Recruiting, Retention, and Culture
Amy Brisson, Chief Operating Officer, Community Link Consulting


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Plenary II
Washington Watch: Policy Issues of Importance at the Federal Level
Joe Dunn, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Research, NACHC


3:30 – 4:45 PM

Breakout I
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings
Resource Materials:
Suicide Ideation Definitions and Prompts
SAFE-T Protocol with C-SSRS (Columbia Risk and Protective Factors) Lifetime/Recent
Sample Safety Plan
Greg Marley, NAMI Maine


Breakout II
Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) for Complex Systems: How to Turn Yours into Valuable Assets that Drive Operational Excellence and High Reliability
Dr. Lee Erikson,  Adaptient, LLC


Breakout III
Building Welcoming and Inclusive Medical Practices for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Expansive Youth
August Sender, OUT Maine


Conference Day – Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM         MePCA PSO Breakfast
Dr. Lee Erikson,  Adaptient, LLC


9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Breakout I
Jumping Off the Hamster Wheel: How Value-Based Care can Transform CHCs
Dr. Scott Early, On Belay Health Solutions


Breakout II

Building Maine’s Health Care Workforce
Dr. Kneka Smith, MaineHealth
Jen Gunderman, UNE


Breakout III
Women’s Health
Dr. Rebecca Whiteley-Peeler, Northen Light Health


11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout I
New Strategies to Transform Communication & Access for Patients
Karen D’Antonio, Healthcentric Advisors


Breakout II
CHW Operations Excellence
Ben Hummel, MCD Global Health
Darcia Gonzalez, HOMETOWN HealthCare


Breakout III
CHC Oral Health Technical Needs Assessment
Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO & Darcy Shargo, MFA


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM        Lunch Keynote

Advocacy and Mobilization
Susan Burton, Director, National Grassroots Advocacy, NACHC