2018 Annual Conference & 25th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

VAFCC's Annual Conference is the premier educational and networking meeting for Virginia’s free and charitable clinics and their safety net partners and advocates. This year's conference will be geared towards providing professional development and insight on operational and administration topics that will be impacted by impending Medicaid expansion as well as innovative programs and best practices for patient care.

This year's attendees can expect to learn, share, and network with peers from across the Commonwealth. Workshop tracks have been developed to accommodate a variety of attendees:

  • Patient Care Track - ideal for clinical staff and volunteers, program directors, etc. 
  • Operations Track - ideal for clinic executives and board leadership
  • Resource Development Track - ideal for development and communication staff and volunteers
  • Expanding Care Track - ideal for clinical and administrative staff and volunteers  

We are anticipating over 200 attendees this year and look forward to seeing you there!




Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 21st 

VAFCC Annual Meeting
Welcome Reception
25th Anniversary Celebration & Banquet featuring:

Keynote: Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Person-Centered Care by Allison Massari


With her perceptive view inside the patient experience, Allison Massari will illuminate the immense value that healthcare teams have upon a patient who is suffering. This dynamic and poignant keynote presentation will offer real solutions to the struggle of how to keep the patient first despite limited time and other practical constraints. By weaving her remarkable journey with potent life-lessons, Allison will highlight the integral nature of patient-centered care and will reignite your passion for healthcare. A sincere and direct approach to navigating adversity, transcending life’s difficulties, and finding ways to be the healer in the room, this rich and deeply moving presentation will provide applicable tools for managing change, adversity, and the everyday challenges of being human. 

About Allison:

Nationally renowned speaker, Allison Massari knows that you have the power to transform lives. As an advocate for both patient and provider, Massari has an intimate understanding of the demands and challenges of the medical profession, and compelling authority to address the delicate nature of patient-centered care. She experienced firsthand the critical value of receiving personalized health care from committed leadership teams, and empathetic providers after surviving two life-threatening car accidents, one where she suffered second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body. In addition, raised by her father, an Oncology surgeon, and her mother, a nurse, Allison was mentored in the world of medicine from an early age. Captivated by her father’s compassionate work, she shadowed him in his practice, and also worked in hospitals and medical office settings. Allison’s riveting and courageous journey from absolute loss to a triumphant and hope-filled life, addresses sensitive topics, shining light on the provider’s immense value to a patient who is suffering, and helping to reinvigorate employees and heal burnout in the workplace. Voted a 2017 top 25 speaker and making M&C Magazine’s “Best Keynote Speakers” list three years in a row, Allison is a leading educator on the power of compassionate care and we’re thrilled to bring her motivational and inspiring message to our audience.

Awards Program: Champions of Health Care

VAFCC will honor individuals and organizations that have made a real difference in Virginia’s health safety net. Join us in recognition of leaders in the community who make a true impact on the health and quality of life in Virginia. Tickets available to just the 25th Anniversary Banquet on Sunday, October 21st in Fairfax, VA.

Monday, October 22nd

Breakout Session 1:

  • Accessing Medications: Obtaining Prescription for Patients (Patient Care) 
  • Medicaid Expansion & Your Clinic (Operations)
  • Communicating to Your Supporters (Resource Development)
  • Bridges Out of Poverty: Session One (Expanding Care)

Breakout Session 2:

  • Innovative Therapies to Address Disease States (Patient Care)
  • Strategic Planning in a Post-Expansion World (Operations)
  • Communicating to Your Patients (Resource Development)
  • Bridges Out of Poverty: Session Two (Expanding Care)

Breakout Session 3:

  • Efficiency in Health Care: Balancing the Patient Experience with the Bottom Line (Patient Care)
  • Security, Privacy & Implications of Medicaid (Operations)
  • Development Planning: Key to Fundraising Success (Resource Development)
  • Expanding Data Reporting Capacity of VAFCC Clinics: A Quality Improvement Project (Expanding Care)

General Session: Patient Enrollment in a Brave New Medicaid World

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Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Lee, Director, Department of Medical Assistance Services and Commissioner Duke Storen, Virginia Department of Social Services.

Hear directly from the leadership of two state agencies tasked by the state to implement Medicaid expansion. They will share emerging details on what to expect as it relates to the patient enrollment experience.

Topics of focus will be broad policy updates, timelines, and how each clinic can participate on the local level to ensure eligible patients receive the benefits. 

Tuesday, October 23rd 

Closing Plenary: Roadmap to Health Equity: Improving Care & Reducing Inequity in Clinics

Speakers: Julie Darnell, PhD and Nicole Lamoureux, CEO, National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics 

Attendees will learn the results of a national initiative conducted by Americares, Loyola University, and NAFC to improve the quality of care and reduce health inequality for the millions of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged patients who seek care in free and charitable clinics nationwide and here in Virginia. Attendees will gain a better picture of the quality of care being provided via hard data that can be used to identify quality benchmarks, securing resources, and forming partnerships.


Registration Options

  • $275 Members-Only Early Bird Registration (Through August 31)
  • $300 Members-Only Standard Registration (After August 31)
  • $325 Non-Member Standard Registration
  • $190 Meals-Only Registration (for guests of conference attendees)
  • $75 for Anniversary Banquet only (evening of October 21)

Group Incentive Rate:

In recognition of our 25th year of service and in the hopes of having as many of you join us as possible to celebrate it, VAFCC will be offering $25 off of each registration when registering three or more attendees (must be ordered together). Group incentive rate applies to both early bird and standard registrations.  

Additional Details: 

 All registrations must be paid in full and in advance. Scholarships are available for members in good standing (please visit the Member Center on the VAFCC website). The cut-off date for registration is Monday, October 5, 2018. Refunds will be issued through September 15, 2018 with a $15 service charge per registration. After that date, no refunds will be issued, but you may substitute attendees.





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All attendees need to secure their own hotel reservations. Our rate at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks is $99 per night, plus tax, and includes parking and Wi-Fi. The room reservation deadline is September 28, 2018. To book, modify, or cancel your reservation, call the Reservation Line at 888-236-2427 and ask for the VA Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Annual Conference or book online at www.Fairfaxmarriott.com, entering the requested dates of stay and entering the group code, VFCVFCA. Group rate is available for three days pre- and post-event based on availability.


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