Submit a Workshop for the 2020 PCA & HCCN Conference

The 2020 PCA & HCCN Conference abstract submission site is now CLOSED! Notifications will be send by the end of August. 

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Primary Care Association/Health Center Controlled Network (PCA/HCCN) Conference scheduled for November 16-18 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. NACHC is closely monitoring the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and time away from your local community. We remain committed to serving health centers, PCAs and HCCNs and are working to tailor our educational programs to meet the changing environment. You can expect our training content and delivery modality to reflect current circumstances. As such, the November conference is currently planned as an in-person with the possible adjustment to an all-virtual event if needed as date gets closer.

The PCA/HCCN Conference is an opportunity for PCAs and HCCNs to identify and address issues critical to the preservation, strengthening, and growth of health centers. It is the only conference of its kind specifically targeting both PCAs and HCCNs.

The 2020 PCA/HCCN Conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide a thoughtfully cultivated experience for PCAs and HCCNs to elevate state-level skills and highlight the essential role of PCAs and/or HCCNs;
  • Identify opportunities to further position PCAs, HCCNs and health centers as leaders and strategic partners in the future health care environment and reimagined care in the COVID-19 era; and
  • Promote peer sharing and discussion of forward-thinking approaches to policy and advocacy in light of the national election, health center funding and accountability requirements.

The conference is planned in coordination with an internal and external planning committee. In addition, PCAs and HCCNs may participate in the planning process through the development and presentation of conference content. This call for abstracts is an opportunity to inform and participate and we welcome your input!

Workshop abstracts can be submitted in any of the following categories:

  • Data/clinical Informatics: Provide examples of how data, technology, and analytics remain important means to supporting health centers provide high quality care that is safe, effective, timely, patient-centered, efficient, and equitable. Sessions could include specific examples of how data and informatics impact quality improvement during and post-pandemic, examples of new collaboration, and what tools and resources are needed to impact and support the way health centers deliver health care in the future.
  • Financial Viability: Identify ways PCAs and HCCNs support the short and long term financial challenges faced by health centers. Topics can include: grants management, supporting organizational restructuring (mergers and acquisitions) through facilitation and resources, and how to long term plan/strategize to address revenue shortfalls due to pandemics.
  • Payment and Delivery Reform: Provide examples of how PCAs and Networks drive and support health care delivery systems and payment models to improve the patient experience and population health while reducing system costs. This can encompass various activities designed to best align health center payment with practice and allow health centers to sustain their critical mission to provide high quality, cost-effective care to all who need it while working to become the provider of choice in their communities including but not limited to: Alternative Payment Methodologies, Quality Metrics and Value Based Care.
  • Innovation: Identify models of delivery system improvement in areas such as of: managing public health/COVID 19 crises; achieving quality/lowering costs; integrating behavioral health or oral health services; engaging patients and community stakeholders; use of technology to improve care/population health; serving the needs of special/vulnerable populations; improve capacity; expanding access to care and other services, etc.
  • Telehealth: Demonstrating the value of expanded telehealth services and lessons learned during the COVID pandemic including addressing the digital divide among special populations and assessing telehealth use and ensuring equitable access.
  • Health Equity: Recognizing the health center mission to provide quality care to the underserved, sessions addressing this topic could include understanding the impact of the COVID pandemic on minority populations and best practices to address health equity for health center patients, including the techniques PCAs and HCCNs utilized (or are utilizing) with new and existing relationships at the state and local level to address this.
  • Medicaid: The Present and the Future – Waiver Activities, Pandemic Payment Strategies, and Protecting Health Center State Funding Priorities
  • Workforce Development: Policy Actions and Operational Needs to Support Health Centers in the COVID-19 Era. Examples include developing recruitment/pipeline programs, building relationships with colleges and universities, and establishing residency programs at health centers.
  • Emerging Issues: Health centers address a number of emerging issues including but not limited to emergency preparedness/response, behavioral health, maternal health, HIV/PrEP. PCAs/HCCNs play a critical role in both supporting the health centers in this work as well as addressing directly.
  • Communications: As part of strengthening the health center movement, sessions on communications could potentially address branding, a national communications strategy, and raising capacity to communicate in a crisis.
  • Partnership/State-level relationships: More than ever, PCAs/HCCNs are called upon to establish new and nurture ongoing partnerships and relationships in order to advance policy, payment, and care.
  • Health Center Operations: Adjusting to the new ways in which health centers serve their patients requires considering topics such as change management, diversity & inclusion, and health information technology.
  • PCA and Network Operations: PCAs and Networks are unique organizations with varied staffing, workflow, and leadership needs. These sessions should explore new ways PCAs and Networks are adjusting to the new health care environment and needs of the HCs to create access, capacity, impact and lead.

The call for abstracts will be open from Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to Friday, July 17, 2020 at 11:00 PM ET. NACHC expects to notify selected speakers by Friday, August 14, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Balter.*

*Acceptance of an abstract does not commit NACHC to the payment of professional fee or travel support.