Annual Conference



Save the Date: November 17-19, 2024

The VAFCC's Annual Conference is scheduled for November 17-19, 2024 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg. The premier educational and networking meeting for Virginia’s free and charitable clinics, their safety net partners, and healthcare advocates, attendees will be able to learn, share, and connect with their peers from across the Commonwealth via diverse speakers and robust content tracks.
 

REGISTRATION Coming

Conference registration will open late summer/early fall 2024, and closed on November 1, 2024. All registration must be paid for in full and in advance. Scholarships are available for full member clinics in good standing (application available in the VAFCC Resource Library). Refunds will be issued through October 10, 2024, with a $15 service charge.

COVID Safety & Crowd Release:

By submitting this registration, I affirm I have read and agree to the following terms:

  • You acknowledge that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 that could result in illness, disability or death and agree to release and hold harmless VAFCC, its employees, officers, and vendors from and against all claims of damages and liability resulting from exposure to COVID-19 at this event.
  • Attendees at any in-person VAFCC event are required to confirm a negative COVID rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event. 

Additionally, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded. Your registration constitutes your consent to such photography, filming, and/or recording and to any use, in all media in perpetuity, of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with any VAFCC events.
 

Accommodations

The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg located at 50 Kingsmill Road. The closest full-service hotel to Busch Gardens Theme Park, it is conveniently located off of Interest 64 with renovated meeting space and hotel rooms. 

Our rate at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is $154 per night, plus taxes which includes parking for overnight guests. Group room rate available two days before and two days after the event based on availability. The room reservation deadline is November 1, 2024. All attendees need to secure their own hotel reservations. You can call for reservations at 800-222-8733 or use the group link. When calling, you must identify yourself as a member of VAFCC 2024 Annual Conference in order to obtain the room rate.



 

Sponsors & Exhibitors



The Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) serves as the organized voice of the Commonwealth's healthcare safety net, leading the way to a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality healthcare. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to partner in our work to support Virginia’s network of free and charitable clinics and those who fall through the gaps.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor? Please contact Rebecca Butler at 804.340.3434 or email 
rbutler@vafreeclinics.org to discuss opportunities.
 





Details from this past year:

Wednesday, November 15

7:00am-6:00pm: Conference Registration 

7:30am-8:45am: Breakfast & Featured Speaker

8:00am-8:30am: The Future of Health Care with Dr. B. Rick Mayes, University of Richmond

Rick Mayes is a professor of health policy in the University of Richmond’s department of health studies. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral traineeship at the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health. He worked on Medicaid policy in the White House for George H.W. Bush and thereafter on health insurance and Medicare policy at the AARP.

8:00am-6:00pm: Exhibits & Conference Lounge presented by VHHA & VHHA Shared Services
Enjoy dedicated space to relax featuring comfy furniture, calming lighting, and mood music. We also have 30 exhibitors this year which include a variety of industry supporters and vendors. Scroll down to learn more and be sure to stop by our exhibit hall.   

9:00am-10:00am: First Breakout Sessions
  • The Future of Human Resources: Strategies for Clinic Success (Operations Track) with Laura Bowser, Melody Donovan Hopkins, Emily Henley and Tiffany Fortune, Fahrenheit Advisors 
    • Join for an insightful and engaging panel discussion with a team of HR leaders and subject matter experts to explore the critical topics including hiring excellence, fostering employee retention, navigating compliance complexities, and driving DEI Initiatives. In this dynamic session, panelists will delve into the challenges and opportunities that healthcare clinics face in today's rapidly evolving landscape. Bring your questions and come prepared to learn.
      • Tiffany is a powerhouse senior executive at Fahrenheit and in the Human Capital Management space. With over 20+ years of experience in Human Resources, Tiffany has deep experience as an HR Business Consultant and Corporate Strategist with demonstrated success at cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating partnerships at all levels within the organization to achieve results. She possesses sound business and financial acumen with the ability to develop and implement processes focused on optimizing the employee experience. 
      • Laura is Fahrenheit’s Human Capital Practice Lead. In this role, she addresses the HR strategies and pitfalls of creating a work environment that generates innovation, productivity, and inclusiveness—talking about the real, hard choices that business leaders must make, and how to communicate those decisions to boards, executive teams, and employees. Laura has a passion for creating more culturally inclusive and equitable workplaces. 
      • Melody is Farenheit's Practice Director. As an operationally focused, strategic senior human resources professional, Melody has over 17+ years of progressive experience in a multitude of industries. She is a strategic human resources servant leader with business acumen managing the employee life cycle. Melody works as a thought partner to provide critical support in the development and implementation of Human Resource strategies that achieve organizational results. 
      • Emily, Director with Farenheit, brings 11+ years of professional experience in Human Resources and is invested in driving team engagement and performance, specializing in talent management, employee relations and retention, and employee development to enhance the overall employee experience. With experience across multiple industries such as information technology, healthcare, data analytics, manufacturing, and civil engineering, Emily is committed to being a deeply trusted client advisor.
  • Identifying & Treating Hepatitis C in the Free Clinic Setting (Expanding Care Track) with Terry Kemp-Knick, VA Hepatitis C Education & Patient Connection 
    • In this session attendees will learn to define the current epidemiology of Hepatitis C in Virginia and what is being done towards elimination. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of simplified Hepatitis C treatment regimens and the best strategies for delivering them to patients where they are. And finally, attendees will be able to describe clinic level actions that are important to the provision of low barrier, non-stigmatizing Hepatitis C care in a free clinic setting.
      •  Terry’s nursing career has spanned over 19 years from a staff night nurse in a rural hospital emergency room setting to a Clinical Educator in a 40 bed Transitional Care Hosptial, to the Hepatitis C Coordinator in an Infectious Disease Clinic where she had the opportunity to connect with the correct people to increase access to hepatitis C treatment throughout Virginia. She is the Co-Chair of the Virginia Hepatitis Coalition and advocates with others throughout the state to identify and remove barriers to holistic treatment of those with hepatitis C.
  • Major Gifts Ramp-Up: Planning Phase (Fund Development Track) with Jimmy LaRose, NANOE and Teresa Owens Tyson & Paula Hill-Collins, The Health Wagon
    • Major Gifts Ramp-Up will challenge everything you believe about the raising of money and will make major gifts available to your clinic in the shortest period of time possible. Join us for part 1 of three sessions to spend time with fundraising veterans who’ve raised millions and leave inspired to build financial capacity in ways you’ve never dreamed possible.
      • Jimmy is an author, speaker, and architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up™ Donor Cultivation Model & Online Cloud used by charities around the world to meet the needs of their primary customers. He’s the founder of National Development Institute and the founder of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) our Nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice. Finally, Jimmy is the CEO of both Development Systems International™ and PAX Global™ firms that specialize in implementing the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model for nonprofits, ministries and churches who raise major gifts.
      • Teresa is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. In this role she leads the region’s only safety net health care clinic for far southwest Virginia. She is a recognized leader in the health care industry and has a rich background that includes over 30 years of bringing groundbreaking programming, growth strategies, and technological innovation to health care.
      • Paula is a Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. Also a leader in the health care industry, she oversees multiple programs, grant writing, and coordinates students from various educational institutions including the University of Virginia, Mountain Empire Community College, East Tennessee State University, Frontier Nursing University, Radford University and among others.
  • Care Coordination: How Free Clinics Can Utilize the EDCC Program for Reporting and Programs (Partnerships Track) with Marcus Divers, Virginia Health Informatin and Julie Bilodeau & Martin Zanin, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
    • The Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program is a tool provided by the Virginia’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) to connect hospital emergency departments with other health care providers. Clinics can get real-time notifications and reports on their patient’s that visit an emergency department or inpatient setting. CrossOver Healthcare Ministry will describe how they use the program for risk-based reporting and how it provides additional information to help staff reach their patients.
      • Marcus is the current EDCC Program Manager with VHI. In this role, Marcus supervises the outreach, onboarding, and demonstrations for new organizations to the Emergency Department Care Coordination Program. He is currently a MPA candidate at Virginia Tech, holds a Graduate certificate from the University of Virginia in Health Sciences Management and a B.S. in Health Sciences, Health Studies from James Madison University.
      • Martin holds a BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. As CrossOver’s Outcomes Data Analyst, Martin develops patient outcomes frameworks, assesses service access and efficiency and oversees the design and implementation of patient needs assessments and satisfaction surveys.
      • Julie is the CEO with CrossOver Healthcare Ministries. With Julie’s leadership, CrossOver has opened a clinic on Quioccasin Road in Henrico County, established an in-house licensed pharmacy, and implemented electronic health records. Julie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the LMR class of 2012.

10:00am-10:30am: Break

10:30am-11:30am: Second Breakout Sessions
  • Leveraging Quality Improvement to Drive Operational and Care Delivery Redesign: Stories from the Roadmap to Health Equity (Operations Track) with Ashley Edwards, Americares; Erick Lainez-Villanueva, Health Brigade; and Kaitlyn Patterson, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
    • Join this session to gain insight into lessons learned elevated by Americares' Roadmap to Health Equity. Participants will receive practical strategies for improvements at your clinic that can break down barriers to equitable care through the streamlining of workflows and using data to drive action. Following this session, participants will have the ability to assess opportunities to improve documentation, improve data integrity, enhance quality measures, and address inequity. 
      • Ashley is a Director, U.S. Programs at Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. In this role, she oversees the Roadmap to Health Equity, a national partnership aimed at reducing inequity while delivering high-quality care in free and charitable clinics.
      • Kaitlyn Patterson is the Nurse Manager at CrossOver Healthcare Ministry. She has a passion for working with underserved populations and is working to improve her Spanish-speaking skills. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and her clinical background is in pediatric care at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching community ESL classes at West End Presbyterian Church.
  • Medical and Dental Integration in Safety Net Settings (Expanding Care Track) with Ben Barber and Ericca Facetti, Virginia Health Catalyst
    • Join this session to learn why medical-dental integration is essential to achieve better health outcomes, how to develop the necessary medical-dental integration infrastructure, the policy landscape that supports (or inhibits) integration, and how you can evaluate and improve integration initiatives for specific patient populations. We'll explore the Virginia Health Catalyst Oral Health Integration Continuum and health care payment policy knowledge to teach safety net clinics how to develop medical-dental integration initiatives and evaluate and improve them.
      • Ben is Virginia Health Catalyst’s Policy Director. He is responsible for analyzing policies, regulations, and legislation, assessing the impact of policy changes, and developing short- and long-range policy initiatives to improve health and advance equity.
      • Ericca is Vice President of Clinical and Community Care with Virginia Health Catalyst. She is charged with advancing public health in the Commonwealth and driving initiatives that help our clinical partners better integrate and coordinate care to meet the needs of their communities. She leads collaborative health-saving initiatives focused on equity, policy change, public health, community, and clinical care while ensuring health is equitable, person and community-centered, and value-based.
  • Major Gifts Ramp-Up: Building Phase (Fund Development Track) with Jimmy LaRose, NANOE and Teresa Owens Tyson and Paula Hill-Collins, The Health Wagon
    • Major Gifts Ramp-Up will challenge everything you believe about the raising of money and will make major gifts available to your clinic in the shortest period of time possible. Join us for part 2 of three sessions to spend time with fundraising veterans who’ve raised millions and leave inspired to build financial capacity in ways you’ve never dreamed possible.
      • Jimmy is an author, speaker, and architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up™ Donor Cultivation Model & Online Cloud used by charities around the world to meet the needs of their primary customers. He’s the founder of National Development Institute and the founder of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) our Nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice. Finally, Jimmy is the CEO of both Development Systems International™ and PAX Global™ firms that specialize in implementing the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model for nonprofits, ministries and churches who raise major gifts.
      • Teresa is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. In this role she leads the region’s only safety net health care clinic for far southwest Virginia. She is a recognized leader in the health care industry and has a rich background that includes over 30 years of bringing groundbreaking programming, growth strategies, and technological innovation to health care.
      • Paula is a Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. Also a leader in the health care industry, she oversees multiple programs, grant writing, and coordinates students from various educational institutions including the University of Virginia, Mountain Empire Community College, East Tennessee State University, Frontier Nursing University, Radford University and among others.
  • Leveraging Collaborations between Health Systems and Community Partners to Address SDOH (Partnerships Track) with Hayley Morris, Unite Us
    • Unite Us brings sectors together through technology to ensure people’s needs are met. Starting in 2024, CMS will require hospitals that report to the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program to submit two brand new measures around addressing Social Determinants of Health with their clients, including providing information about community resources and support services. Join this session to learn more about how you can leverage existing relationships with Community Partners like the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and Virginia Health Systems as they seek to streamline screening and referral processes for CMS regulations through Unite Us.
      • Hayley is the Associate Director for Unite Us in Virginia. Hayley is based out of Richmond and has devoted her career to making the world a better place, working in various sectors across international and community development. Hayley was drawn to Unite Us after hearing about how mission-driven the company was and realizing that it combined her interests in strengthening communities, improving population health, and generating data to show the value of investing in people’s basic needs.
        Thank you for being here.  

11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch & Featured Speakers

12:15pm-12:45pm: A Post Election Analysis with Dr. Richard J. Meagher, Randolph Macon College
Rich Meagher is Professor of Political Science and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College. He is an expert observer of local and state politics in the capital city of Richmond, Virginia, and his commentary has been featured widely on various media platforms. He is the author of Local Politics Matters: A Citizen's Guide for Making a Difference, which argues for the importance of citizen engagement in city and county politics, and is the director of the Virginia Amendments Project, the first publicly available list of the amendments to the Constitution of Virginia since its last major revision. 


12:45pm-1:00pm: Remarks by John Littel, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources
John Littel brings 30 years of public policy experience to the Administration, developing private sector solutions for Medicaid, advocating for independent living for seniors and people with disabilities, and leading mental health and substance use disorder programs. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources and has held senior roles at Magellan Health, Anthem, and Amerigroup, as well as at both the federal and state government levels. He earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Scranton and J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. 

1:30pm-2:30pm: Third Breakout Sessions
  • Data Governance & Quality Improvement: Creating the Foundation for Excellence in Care Delivery (Operations Track) with Nicola Ibba, Lackey Clinic
    • We will dive into the process of defining, collecting, and analyzing data as it relates to our strategic and grant goals settings. The first part is focused on general aspects of data management within the organization, with a review of data storage and security concerns, and the skills required for successful data management. The second part will focus on quality improvement, and the role of data and measurement in driving significant changes within the organization.
      • Nico is an IT professional with a diverse cultural background. With a major in philosophy and a master's degree in business organization and information technology, he started his career in non-profit management, specializing in fundraising and business improvement. In 2020, Nicola graduated from the College of William & Mary with a master's degree in business administration, specializing in healthcare and data analytics. Since his graduation, he has worked in several business and research projects, employing different programming languages and development frameworks. He is formerly the Director of Information Systems at Lackey Clinic in Yorktown.
  • Leveraging CHWs to Overcome Barriers to Health & Improve Patient Outcomes (Expanding Care Track) with Dorren Brown, Orange County Free Clinic; Rob Marino, Fauquier Free Clinic; Jana Jackson, Madison Free Clinic; April Achter, Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District; Pam Blankenship, Virginia Dept. of Health; and Tammy LaGraffe, Free Clinic of Culpeper
    • Join this session to learn how several free clinics have maximized the Community Health Worker (CHW) position to decrease barriers to healthcare; deepen and integrate services; and improve outcomes for their patients. We'll also explore how successful collaborations between these free clinics and their local health department as well as the Virginia Department of Health have aided in the success of this effort.
      • Dorren has a B.S. in Education from VCU and an  Masters in Education in Administration from George Mason University. A middle school teacher in Madison County for 25 years and the principal at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville, she retired in 2008 only to start her "second career" as Executive Director of Orange County Free Clinic in 2009.
      • Rob has served as the director of the Fauquier Free Clinic since January 2000.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the VCU School of Social Work.  Rob is a past Board member of the VAFCC and serves on the Funds, Accreditation & Membership Committee.  In his free time Rob enjoys traveling and (watching) college basketball.
      • Jana has served as the Executive Director of the Madison County Free Clinic for the past three years. Passionate about helping her neighbors, Jana’s life motto is to meet folks where they are and help them get to where they want to be. She brings this to the clinic three-fold.
      • April serves as the Population Health Manager in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District.  Prior to this, she spent over 14 years working as a Field Epidemiologist, at the local, regional, and state level in Virginia as well as internationally when her family was stationed overseas.  Her background also includes conducting research and teaching at the university level. She holds a Master's of Public Health from San Diego State University.    
      • Pam is a Registered Dental Hygienist and serves as the Programs and Grants Consultant with the Virginia Department of Health- Dental Health Program. A primary part of her work is medical-dental integration, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and management as it relates to oral health, facilitated by all members of the health care team including Community Health Workers. 
      • Tammy has been a Registered Nurse for 38 years. Originally from New York, she and her family moved to VA in 2017. Prior to taking over as the Director of The Free Clinic of Culpeper in Feb 2020, she worked as a nurse at The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health Department. In her spare time she likes to be with her family and her 2 dogs Sophie and Alice as well as work in her garden and travel anywhere!
  • Major Gifts Ramp-Up: Invitation Phase (Fund Development Track) with Jimmy LaRose, NANOE and Teresa Owens Tyson and Paula Hill-Collins, The Health Wagon
    • Major Gifts Ramp-Up will challenge everything you believe about the raising of money and will make major gifts available to your clinic in the shortest period of time possible. Join us for part 3 of three sessions to spend time with fundraising veterans who’ve raised millions and leave inspired to build financial capacity in ways you’ve never dreamed possible.
      • Jimmy is an author, speaker, and architect of the Major Gifts Ramp-Up™ Donor Cultivation Model & Online Cloud used by charities around the world to meet the needs of their primary customers. He’s the founder of National Development Institute and the founder of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) our Nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice. Finally, Jimmy is the CEO of both Development Systems International™ and PAX Global™ firms that specialize in implementing the Major Gifts Ramp-Up Model for nonprofits, ministries and churches who raise major gifts.
      • Teresa is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. In this role she leads the region’s only safety net health care clinic for far southwest Virginia. She is a recognized leader in the health care industry and has a rich background that includes over 30 years of bringing groundbreaking programming, growth strategies, and technological innovation to health care.
      • Paula is a Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Director of St. Mary’s Health Wagon. Also a leader in the health care industry, she oversees multiple programs, grant writing, and coordinates students from various educational institutions including the University of Virginia, Mountain Empire Community College, East Tennessee State University, Frontier Nursing University, Radford University and among others.
  • Innovative Strategies to Address Hypertension (Partnerships Track) with Robin Gahan & Briana Ricks, American Heart Association and Juanita Epps, Pathways Specialty Clinic
    • Learn about evidence-based practices clinics are implementing and the resulting impact on patient hypertension control. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how the American Heart Association can partner with your clinic to create sustainable systems, policy, or environmental changes including equipment calibration & validation, staff knowledge & skills, and system of care.
      • Robin is the Vice President of Community Impact for the American Heart Association serving Greater Richmond, Tri-Cities, and Blue Ridge Virginia. In this role she works alongside community-based organizations and healthcare organizations to advance sustainable and evidence-based community and clinical impact. As a champion for health equity, Robin supports the Association’s goal to identify and remove barriers to health care access and quality.
      • Briana is the Community Impact Director in Hampton Roads for the American Heart Association. In this role, she engages with community and clinical organizations to create sustainable community programs that support improving blood pressure control, increasing nutrition security, reducing risks for women, and raising awareness around CPR. Briana is dedicated to being a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier, lives.
        Thank you all for being here.
      • Juanita has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pathways since 2015. Pathways is a community development corporation working to rebuild and strengthen Petersburg, Virginia and surrounding area of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, and Dinwiddie.  Pathways' free clinic offers free healthcare services and is Southside Virginia’s only free clinics specializing in Cardiology, Rheumatology, Women's Health, and more. Juanita’s motto: I believe in, respect, and value the human spirit in all people.
2:30pm-3:00pm: Break 

3:00pm-4:00pm: General Session presented by Optima Health
Stronger Under Pressure with Christopher Barras, Second Story Partnership
There are four go-to survival skills that our brains use to navigate chaos and process uncertainty in stressful situations. What are they and how do we recognize when we are using them? What could be gained if we purposely did the opposite of those survival skills? What new growth could we experience? There are also five ways to approach stress and uncertainty that will help us move from merely surviving uncertainty to actually thriving during it. We will unpack these and explore examples of how we can do this in our work and personal life.

Christopher Barras has decades of leadership experience in business, nonprofits and the faith-based community. He has worked with teams of various sizes and helped bring the best out of those around him. A talented communicator, he pulls from psychology, business, history, and research to engage and challenge the way we think, but with humor and some very straight talk.

4:00pm-5:00pm: RxPartnership Clinic Recognition (RxP Clinics Only)

5:00pm-6:30pm: Welcome Reception presented by Virginia Association of Health Plans

Catch up with longtime colleagues and make new acquaintances during an evening welcome reception featuring full cash bar and heavy appetizers. We'll have a photobooth for your enjoyment made possible by Richmond Region Tourism and will be handing out our complimentary #FreeClinicsCare conference apparel.  

6:30pm-9:00pm: Dine Around

Enjoy a meal out together. Our conference venue is located conveniently near I64 between Downtown Richmond and Short Pump offering lots of dining options to enjoy which are within easy driving distance of our hotel (we recommend making reservations in advance).

 

Thursday, November 16

7:00am-1:00pm: Conference Registration 

7:30am-8:45am: Breakfast & Featured Speakers


8:00am-8:30am: Introduction to SafeHaven with Dustin Beekman and Jenny Young with the Medical Society of Virginia
To support healthcare personnel struggling with stress, anxeity, and burnout, the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and VITAL WorkLife partnered to offer SafeHaven, a comprehensive set of well-being resources that includes in-person and virtual mental health support, professional support via peer coaching and leadership development, and financial guidance and support.

8:00am-11:30am: Exhibits & Conference Lounge presented by VHHA & VHHA Shared Services 
Enjoy dedicated space to relax featuring comfy furniture, calming lighting, and mood music!
We have over 25 exhibitors this year which include a variety of industry supporters and vendors. Scroll down to learn more and be sure to stop by our exhibit hall.   

9:00-10:30am: Closing Plenary & Conference Wrap-Up presented by VA-SORH

Food as Medicine: Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Advancing Whole Health & Equity with Kofi Essel, Elevance Health
Lack of consistent access to healthy, nutritious food is one of the most reported unmet health-related social needs. Consistent access to nutritious food is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and preventing or addressing chronic health conditions. Dr. Essel will focus on centering food as medicine in healthcare spaces as well as approaches and practical strategies to addressing food insecurity through a lens of cultural humility to ensure cultural appropriateness and sensitivity to best meet the needs of a growlingly diverse patient population. 
 

Kofi D. Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP, the inaugural Food as Medicine Program Director at Elevance Health, is a core member of the Health Outcomes Organization team and leads efforts in designing innovative approaches to address diet related chronic diseases and social risk using novel food interventions. He has dedicated his career to advocacy/research around healthcare and public health workforce training, health disparities, and community engagement, with expertise and national recognition in the areas of addressing diet related chronic disease and food insecurity with patients and families.

10:30am-11:00am: Break

11:00am-11:30pm: 30th Anniversary Celebration Networking
An opportunity to network with statewide partners and supporters who have come together in recognition of the safety net. 

11:30am-1:00pm: 30th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future presented by Anthem HealthKeepers Plus 

A convening of free and charitable clinics, their safety net partners, and healthcare advocates to honor the tremendous role Virginia’s clinics have played in not only the individual lives of underserved patients but also the over overall health of Virginia. During the event, the VAFCC's Champions of Health Care Awards Program will recognize individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the health care for Virginia's underserved in the following categories:

  • Administrative Champion, honoring an individual for their extraordinary administrative services at a VAFCC member clinic.
  • Behavioral Health Champion, honoring an individual for extraordinary behavioral health services at a VAFCC member clinic.
  • Dental Champion, honoring an individual for extraordinary dental services at a VAFCC member clinic.
  • Funding Champion, honoring an individual or entity for extraordinary financial support to a VAFCC member clinic. 
  • Leadership Champion, honoring an individual for their extraordinary leadership services at a VAFCC member clinic.
  • Medical Champion, honoring an individual for extraordinary medical services at a VAFCC member clinic.
  • Pharmaceutical Champion, honoring an individual for extraordinary pharmaceutical services at a VAFCC member clinic
  • Social Support Champion, honoring an individual for extraordinary social determinant of health services at a VAFCC member clinic.

1:30pm-3:30pm: Business Meeting (Member Clinics Only)
Annual meeting of the membership providing the opportunity to bring members together to share knowledge, make decisions, and to advance our work.

3:30pm-4:30pm: VAFCC Board Meeting (VAFCC Board Members Only)
 

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