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The Power of Rural 

Day 1: June 5, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop: Conflict Resolution and the Role Personality Plays

This 3.5-hour session is facilitated by Ann Hogan, M.Ed, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and will be very interactive. True Colors offers a research-based approach to understanding human behavior and motivation. True Colors uses a metaphor of colors (gold, orange, blue, and green) to identify four distinct perspectives and personalities.

Attendees of the Conflict Resolution Workshop will be able to:

  • Apply insights from the True Colors assessment to identify learning and communication styles in self and others
  • Acquire new communication skills to improve daily interactions with others
  • Address conflict in their organization with a more individualized approach based on the parties involved

Pre-Conference Workshop: SBIRT Implementation into Primary Care

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is evidence-based and used to identify, reduce, and prevent abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Studies of treatment approaches have shown that SBIRT is the single most effective treatment method particularly among groups of people not actively seeking treatment. Andrew Phillip Ph. D., LP will serve as the presenter of this 3.5 hour workshop.

Attendees of the SBIRT Workshop will be able to:

  • Review integrated approaches to screening, brief interventions, and discerning between internal treatment opportunities and external referrals to treatment
  • Engage in activities to examine how organizations can effectively address substance misuses and treat addiction as a chronic health condition and neurobiological disease

5:00 –6:30 PM –Sponsor, Presenter and Vendor reception at UW Conference Center

Come enjoy some hot hors d’oeurves and cocktails while mingling with other conference attendees, presenters, sponsors and vendors.

Thank you to our sponsor Wyoming Health Resources Network!

The Power of Rural 

Day 2: June 6, 2019

Full Conference Kicks Off

Registration & Breakfast

The HPV Vaccine as Cancer Prevention: Best Practices for reducing Missed Opportunities and Increasing Vaccination Uptake

Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. This presentation will provide up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, the HPV vaccine and strategies to communicate effectively with patients and their parents.

Attendees of the HPV Vaccine session will be able to:

  • Describe why HPV vaccination is important for cancer prevention.
  • Identify the appropriate HPV vaccination schedule based on patient age.
  • Describe effective HPV vaccine recommendations for patients age 11 or 12 years, as well as for age 13 years and older.
  • Develop self-efficacy in delivering effective HPV vaccination recommendations.
  • Identify reassuring, confident and concise responses to parental questions about HPV vaccination.

Characteristics of a Good Leader

During this session presented by the Studer Group, working nurse executive, Dr. Pam Beitlich will share the characteristics it takes to be a courageous and resilient leader in today’s health care paradigm.  This session will review the complexities of current care delivery, the continued presence of undesired variations in care and the need for all leaders to establish competence as coaches of staff performance.

Attendees of the Good Leader session will be able to:

  • Identify three characteristics of leadership excellence.
  • Understand the critical role you play as a healthcare leader.

Care Coordination in Wyoming: Good for the Patient, Good for the Practice

Over the last year, several clinics have taken part in a pilot project to implement care coordination programs focusing on Chronic Care Management for the Medicare population.  This project has developed a care coordination network of care coordinators throughout Wyoming for the purposes of learning, sharing successes, and collecting data.  Join us for this session to understand the concepts of care coordination, the requirements of Chronic Care Management, the financial impact on the practices in the state, and how this program positively impacts the lives of the patients in Wyoming.

Attendees of the Care Coordination session will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the concepts of Care Coordination
  • Participate in a discussion of the Chronic Care Management program pilot in Wyoming
  • Connect chronic care management activities to specific benefits in patient outcomes


It Doesn’t Always Work Out – How to Terminate Respectfully and Effectively

Sometimes, we just don’t hire the correct person or for whatever reason we need to part ways with an employee. Ann Hogan, M.Ed, SPHR, SHRM-SCP presents.

Attendees of the Termination  session will be able to:

  • Comply with laws that directly relate to termination
  • Evaluate the internal and/or external consequences associated with the termination of an employee
  • Communicate effectively with the employee to ensure termination ends the relationship respectfully

Medicare Utilization of FQHCs and RHCs in Wyoming: Current Statutes and Future Opportunities

Nick Zucconi of the HRSA Denver Regional Office and Lucretia Knight of CMS will serve as presenters of this session. They will be providing updates on the characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries in Wyoming, recent services added to FQHC and RHC benefits as Medicare-covered services, available grants to rural communities and much more. 

Attendees of the Medicare Utilization session will be able to:

  • Take away a comprehensive understanding of the Medicare beneficiaries residing in Wyoming. This includes a focus on how low-income older adults are accessing health care services and health status indicators
  • Distinguish between services that are and are not covered by Medicare at FQHCs and RHCs
  • Articulate to external audiences the advantages for older adults of receiving primary care at FQHCs and RHCs.

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Health Across Wyoming

Discuss what behavioral health integration is and how to implement it within your health center to build capacity and improve services and outcomes.

Attendees of Integrating Primary & Behavioral Health will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the core components of integrated primary and behavioral health care
  • Understand local considerations for integrated care in Wyoming
  • Take away what national and regional experts see as best practices in warm hand-off, scheduling, clinical treatment and more, as they pertain to integrated care

Break with snacks

Thank you to our sponsor Health One!

Keynote: Mary Otto –Author of “Teeth, The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Mary will discuss the story of 12-year old Deamonte Driver, a Medicaid child who died from complications of tooth decay.  This sparked Congressional hearings and reforms in his home state of Maryland.  As a journalist and author, Mary Otto found, the tragedy also has a larger story, of deep disparities in access to dental care nationwide.  Mary will speak about her decade of reporting on America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, a journey that has taken her from Florida to Alaska, and the stories she has found along the way. 

  • Gain an understanding about the tragedy of one child’s death and what it revealed about the shortage of Medicaid dental care and providers nationwide
  • Gain new perspective about the separate history of dentistry and medicine and the gap that complicates access to dental care
  • Take away an understanding about reform efforts that are unfolding across the country and the challenges that lie ahead

Networking Discussion Lunch

Grab your plate and join a discussion table of your choice. Various topics with subject matter experts will be available. View the table topics here.

Thank you to our sponsor Casey Peterson!


Utilizing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Integrated Primary Care Setting

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) has risen to the forefront of addiction treatment with the onset of the opioid crisis.  These lifesaving medications play a critical role in helping to keep people in our communities safe, as well as supporting recovery, and changing the way we view and treat addiction.  This session will discuss why MAT is underutilized by exploring the barriers to MAT implementation.  Because integrated care settings harmonize the collaboration of physical and behavioral health, health centers can build into their existing models of care and treat addiction for what it truly is: a chronic health condition.  There will also be a discussion how health centers can change the way we treat addiction for all people. 

Attendees of the MAT session will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of addiction as a neurobiological disease and explore how health centers can utilize the best of what science has to offer in treating addiction
  • Utilize knowledge of how the definition and treatment of addiction has changed and use this knowledge to help alleviate bias and stigma that can obstruct MAT implementation
  • Understand MAT medication to treat opioid use disorder and the role they may play in recovery
  • Have the ability to define the role behavioral health plays and how behavioral health providers can build on existing skill sets to prepare and effectively treat substance use disorders in the integrated care setting

Partnering to Improve Care: Strengthening Primary Care and Community-Based Organization Linkages

Presenters for this session includes Kevin Franke, BSN, Catherine Carrico, Ph. D. and Robin Barr, Ph. D. Additional details coming soon!

Break with snacks

As Not Seen On TV: Primary Care’s Opportunity to Address the Epidemic of Intimate Partner Violence

This session is interactive and offers new perspectives on what a patient experiences when living in, and fleeing from, intimate partner violence. Forensic nurse coordinator at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Michela Telford, and WYPCA’s Scott Cheney will lead participants through an immersive team-building exercise.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Gain foundational information on the different forms of violence in intimate partner relationships
  • Acquaint themselves with the hallmarks of violence that can be observed in a medical setting
  • Take appropriate action in a competent way that is non-judgmental manner that validates the patient’s experiences. 

HIV in Wyoming panel

Community Health Centers have the unique opportunity to provide specialized care in a primary care setting, such as PrEP. Pre Exposure Prophylaxis is a medication that can be used by patients to prevent contraction of HIV, as well as by HIV/AIDS positive individuals to maintain a low viral load. This session will discuss the benefits of PrEP and the role of Community Health Centers with PrEP. Additionally, representatives from the Wyoming Department of Health will discuss the Wyoming CARE program, local resources, and provide a snapshot of HIV in Wyoming.

Attendees of the HIV in Wyoming Panel will be able to:

  • Gain knowledge and have a better understanding of HIV in Wyoming, including PrEP and the role of Community Health Centers
  • Become knowledgeable of PrEP resources in Wyoming, including patient linkage and access to care
  • Understand what the Wyoming CARE Program is and the support that is available across the state
  • Demonstrate and understanding of available resources through the AIDS Education Training Center

The Power of Rural 

Day 3: June 7, 2019

Registration with Breakfast Provided

Thank you to our sponsor Wyoming Hospital Association!

Healthy Food Strategies in Rural America

This session is all about mitigating a lack of healthy food choices in nontraditional ways to better individuals and communities.

Attendees of Food Strategies will be able to:

  • Develop a coalition to meet objectives related to limited food access
  • Gather the appropriate data to support implementation of projects and ongoing efforts
  • Identifying non-traditional funding sources

J1-Visa Program

Wyoming’s Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program is part of a national effort by state departments of health, placing over 15,000 physicians in the United States over the past 17 years, to provide patient care to underserved communities.  Providers in rural, federally-designated underserved areas qualify, as well as providers who serve residents of these areas.  Learn how U.S. immigration sponsorship through Wyoming’s Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program offers a recruiting solution to physician shortage, and hear testimonials from J-1 waiver physician recipients.

Attendees of the J-1 session will be able to:

  • Gain understanding about international medical graduates in the U.S. completing medical residency or fellowship training in J-1 status
  • Understand that J-1 status for medical training requires the physician to return to his/her home country for 2 years after completing training
  • Learn how employers can recruit J-1 physicians by qualifying the physician for a “Conrad 30 J-1 waiver” through sponsorship from the Wyoming Department of Health.  This waives the physician’s 2-year home country residence requirement based on the physician providing patient care in federally-designated underserved areas, or accepting employment in locations that serve patients who reside in federally-designated underserved locations

Leveraging Your Annual Wellness Visit for Health Promotion Revenue

The end result of an Annual Wellness Visit is the development of a preventative plan of care which includes three components: the list of screening tests and services; the care plan for risk assessments and chronic conditions; the incorporation of community resources into health maintenance. Join us for this session to understand all of the elements in the preventative plan of care for an Annual Wellness Visit and how to use the plan as a guide for care throughout the year to make a positive impact on your patient’s lives and your practice’s financial health. 

Attendees of the Annual Wellness Visit session will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the elements that comprise an Annual Wellness Visit
  • Articulate to eligible patients the purpose of the Annual Wellness Visit
  • Discern between the reimbursement methodologies for screening tests and services vs. medically necessary visits in the preventive plan of care

Half-hour Break for hotel check out

Managing Coverage – Why You Shouldn't Default to Sliding Fee

PointCare has been providing solutions to healthcare organizations that encourages a “no barriers” approach to healthcare. Through their work they have been able to collect data and insights across the country that show how managing coverage of patients improves the financial well-being of a healthcare organization. 

Attendees of the Managing Coverage session will be able to: 

  • Make the connection between how managing member coverage can stabilize financial streams
  • Adjust the vision of their organization to manage coverage effectively
  • Identify what data sets are needed in order to evaluate enrollment department effectiveness

Native American Disparities

Nationwide, only about 22% of Native Americans live on reservations. This means the majority are living in the same communities and accessing the same services as non-natives. It’s important that health care providers understand the incredibly unique social determinants of health factors of this population.

Attendees of the Native American Disparities session will be able to:

  • Discover the various health disparities that affect Native American communities
  • Increase their understanding of the health inequities that impact the health of their Native American patients

Innovating to Improve Care Coordination through Community Paramedicine Collaboration

To maximize our effectiveness and ensure we are not duplicating our efforts, we must interact with our networks to learn what is happening throughout the state.  It was through networking efforts that the innovation occurring between EMS colleagues, Wyoming Medicaid, and the Office of Rural Health FLEX funding came to light. Join us for this session to learn about the Wyoming Community Paramedic Services, how it can work in collaboration with care coordination, and the educational requirements and experiences of paramedics currently in the program to become credentialed as community paramedics in Wyoming. Andy Gienapp, Director of the Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services will serve as the presenter of this session.

Attendees of the Paramedicine Collaboration session will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements of the Community Paramedic Service in Wyoming
  • Observe the synergy through care coordination and community paramedic collaboration and recognize the potential benefits for rural communities 
  • Become acquainted with the impact of the community paramedic on patient outcomes 

Planning for Operational Success

As expectations for healthcare providers continue to increase, health centers are responsible for providing a broader array of services with diverse partners. Health centers preparing for this growth and change must consider the impact of internal and external influences on sustainability. This session will include the presentation of planning tools, scenario models, financing options, and techniques for addressing various operational initiatives. 

Attendees of the Operational Success session will be able to:

  • Leverage available data, tools, and resources to identify and convey your health center’s unique opportunities
  • Compare the potential impact of various scenarios to ensure your health center’s sustainability in a changing environment.
  • Strategically plan for opportunities and challenges ahead using data and materials on hand.
  • Evaluate ideas and strategies for strengthening operations at health centers to ensure financial sustainability and the ability to provide ongoing access to quality care.

Show Me the Money: A Practical Approach to Planning a Fundraising Event

Fundraising can be a daunting prospect, but it is a necessary activity in order to bolster funds and build an organization’s capacity to provide care.

Attendees of the Show Me the Money session will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of current theories employed in fundraising
  • Explore various methods of fundraising with a focus on fundraising event planning
  • Assess your community for a viable fundraising event
  • Develop a mock event through an immersive exercise

Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Laura Makaroff, DO and Dr. Dennis Ahnen, MD will serve as presenters for this session.

Attendees of the Colorectal Cancer session will be able to:

  • Understand “best-practice” for colorectal screening programs in rural community health settings
  • Become acquainted with screening options, diagnostic screenings and when a colonoscopy is the only option
  • Gain knowledge on how to ensure that high risk individuals are tested and screened

Break for closing/lunch

Lunch with closing presentation, remarks and doorprizes

Rachel Campos & Tanisa Foxworth of the Georgia Health Policy Center will present Developing Rural Relevant Community Health Program Initiatives

Rural Communities are developing and adapting innovative solutions to address some of the most substantial economic, geographic and social challenges that influence health and health care.  Understanding not only the challenges that rural and frontier communities face, but also the drivers behind them, is key to discovering how to design initiatives, policies and funding programs.

Attendees of the Developing Initiatives session will be able to:

  • Understand how rural health and health care challenges align with innovative community-based decisions to address them
  • Learn effective approaches used by other rural communities to adapt and tailor efforts to fit local context and needs
  • Reflect on community strengths and assets that can be leveraged to develop new approaches in Wyoming

Thank you to our sponsor Wyoming AIDS Education & Training Center

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