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Tuesday, May 17 2022 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM [EDT]

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Tuesday, May 17 2022 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM [EDT]

2022 Primary Care Conference | Primary Care Transformation: How to Recover and Move Forward

The 2022 Primary Care Conference presenters will offer professional insight and expertise on the key drivers of success for primary care safety-net providers, including how to recover from the pandemic and move forward; address the complex 340B legal and compliance issues; understand the critical components of a strategic workforce recruitment plan for 2022 and beyond; and learn the value and purpose of conducting an Emergency After Action Report. Additional resources and time for Q & A time are included for every educational session.

We’ll debut the 2022 Bi-State Awards Ceremony just before lunch in celebration of the honorees selected for their extraordinary service to the residents of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Please see the Agenda, Speakers, and Sponsor sections for additional information. This is an entirely virtual, one-day event.

We look forward to seeing you!

Bi-State Primary Care Association

www.bistatepca.org

Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that represents New Hampshire and Vermont’s 22 Community Health Centers serving over 300,000 patients at 148 locations across every county in New Hampshire and Vermont. Bi-State works to promote access to quality, affordable primary health care with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations. Bi-State Primary Care Association was founded as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in 1986 with offices in Bow, New Hampshire, and Montpelier, Vermont.

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Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN
President and CEO
Bi-State Primary Care Association

Since 1995, Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN, has served as the president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Primary Care Association serving NH and VT. Ms. Kuenning works with federal, regional, and state policymakers, health policy organizations, foundations, and payers to develop strategies and programs that promote, sustain, and build community-based primary health care services and infrastructure. In 2009, she received the Norton Wilson State Regional Leadership Award and in 2010-11 was appointed by the Secretary of US-DHHS to serve on the federal Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. In 2013, she was named as the Geiger Gibson Distinguished Visitor in Community Health Policy, a special initiative of GWU School of Public Health and Health Services. In 2013 she was selected to serve on a DHHS panel of health care experts and testified in the U.S. HELP Senate Committee on primary care needs of 30 million uninsured Americans and in 2018, testified in this same U.S. Senate subcommittee on Marketplace Association Health Plans. Since 2013, Ms. Kuenning serves as faculty for the Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program at the GWU and serves on numerous state, federal, and national committees. Prior to joining Bi-State, Ms. Kuenning worked as a nurse consultant for the US PHS and HCFA as a principal public health advisor throughout New England. She has a master’s degree in Nursing and Public/Community Health and is a CNS in MCH. Her practice experience includes tertiary hospital cardiac specialty/ICU and a clinician and educator for clinics in Kathmandu and rural Nepal.

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About Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN

President and CEO
Bi-State Primary Care Association
A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Transformation Officer, Medical Director
Mary’s Center

Dr. Hayashi is the Chief Transformation Officer and Medical Director for Mary’s Center, Washington, DC. Mary's Center is a community health center that provides health care, family literacy, and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Dr. Hayashi is board-certified family physician and is an experienced leader in primary care, quality improvement, and health policy at the local and national levels. Prior to Mary’s Center, he was the Acting Director and Director of Medicine for the Human Diagnosis Project, an effort to enable more accurate, affordable, and accessible care for all using machine learning technology. Dr. Hayashi also spearheaded transformation at Unity Health Care, another FQHC in DC, as their Executive Vice President for Transformation and Innovation. Dr. Hayashi’s national health policy experience comes from his role as the Chief Medical Officer for the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration where he oversaw the clinical quality strategy for the federal Health Center Program. Dr. Hayashi has spent almost a decade in academia teaching and conducting research on clinical medicine, public health, and health policy for medically vulnerable populations at Georgetown University and at George Washington University. At GWU’s School of Public Health, Dr. Hayashi directed their MPH program in Community Oriented Primary Care and was the Associate Director for the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy. Dr. Hayashi has received a number of awards and honors, including the Samuel U. Rodgers, MD Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Dr. Hayashi graduated with honors in Studio Art from Vassar College, received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency training at the University of California at San Francisco. He received his MPH. from the Harvard School of Public Health while a fellow with the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

https://www.maryscenter.org/staff-members/a-seiji-hayashi-md-2/

About A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Chief Transformation Officer, Medical Director
Mary’s Center
Jason Reddish, JD
Partner
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP

Jason Reddish focuses his practice on the federal 340B drug discount program and the complex legal and compliance issues facing safety net providers, pharmacies, and other 340B program stakeholders. Jason began his career representing pharmaceutical manufacturers before finding his passion helping 340B program covered entities, including disproportionate share hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS clinics, and other grantees navigate the 340B program. In addition to providing guidance on 340B program issues, Jason helps safety net providers, pharmacies, and other stakeholders by negotiating and reviewing contracts relating to the provision of pharmacy and professional services. Jason has worked on dozens of 340B program contract pharmacy and pharmacy services agreements. Jason is an authority on 340B program contract pharmacies, including transactional, operational, and compliance concerns.

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About Jason Reddish, JD

Partner
Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP
Tina T. Wright
Director of Emergency Management
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

Tina T. Wright, Director of Emergency Management, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers & Co-Chair of the PCA Emergency Management Advisory Coalition (EMAC) Tina T. Wright joined the League (the primary care association for Massachusetts) in early 2001 supporting public affairs and marketing solutions for the organization. Shortly after the tragedies of September 11th, her path took a major detour into the world of emergency preparedness and response, and focused on helping community health centers figure out where they fit into this newly evolving landscape and advocating for them to be accepted as equitable response agencies alongside public health, hospitals, emergency medical services, and long-term care facilities. Over the years, Wright’s work has included training and education program development, representation of health centers on committees and advisory groups, identifying funding sources and opportunities, and developing tools and resources for health centers in emergency management. In addition to her work in Massachusetts, Wright has been an active member of a national coalition on health center emergency management since 2008 and has acted as Chair since 2013. As someone who “grew up” in a health center (the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, now called DotHouse Health, in Boston, MA), Wright is passionate about the health center movement’s roots of responding to the needs of their communities, and continues to advocate for health centers to be able to fulfill their missions before, during and after an emergency.

www.pcaemac.org

About Tina T. Wright

Director of Emergency Management
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
J. Scott Nichols, MBA
Senior Director
Granit State Health Care Coalition

Scott Nichols is the Senior Director of the Granite State Health Care Coalition. Day-to-day, he works to bring together and provide opportunities for providers and health care and community stakeholders to plan, prepare, and train for catastrophic events through collaboration essential to integrated disaster response. Scott joined the Coalition in 2017, bringing with him extensive public safety and planning experience. Scott worked as a police officer for Concord, NH, a regional emergency planner for the City of Boston writing regional strategic response plans for New England, and an emergency management planner for New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency management.

www.healthynh.org

About J. Scott Nichols, MBA

Senior Director
Granit State Health Care Coalition
Shaylin Lipman, MSEM
Program Coordinator
Granite State Health Care Coalition

Shaylin Lipman is the Program Coordinator for the Granite State Health Care Coalition. Shaylin is responsible for coordinating and administrating tasks associated with the ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program. She also provides technical assistance to health care coalition members and assists in completing program reporting requirements. Shaylin previously worked at the City of Worcester as the Regional Hospital Coordinator coordinating health care system preparedness initiatives for all ten hospitals in the region. Shaylin also worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire as Enrollment and Matching Supervisor.

www.healthynh.org

About Shaylin Lipman, MSEM

Program Coordinator
Granite State Health Care Coalition
Chelsea St. George, MS, MPH
Exercise and Training Officer
Granite State Health Care Coalition

Chelsea St. George is the Exercise & Training Officer for the Granite State Health Care Coalition. Chelsea is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of exercise, training, and education strategies that support statewide emergency preparedness. She brings broad experience in exercise design and evaluation and has spoken nationally around community resilience and healthcare training and exercise programs. Chelsea also serves as the NH Representative to International Association of Emergency Managers, Region 1. Prior to joining the coalition, Chelsea worked as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Greater Nashua Public Health Network and as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Nashua, NH.

www.healthynh.org

About Chelsea St. George, MS, MPH

Exercise and Training Officer
Granite State Health Care Coalition
Lauren Smith, NHA, CHPCP, CHEP
Planning Specialist, Interim Assistant Readiness and Response Coordinator
All Clear Emergency Management Group, Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition

Lauren Smith has been a Planning Specialist with All Clear Emergency Management Group since January of 2019. She has a bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy from Muskingum University and a master’s degree in Gerontology from Miami University of Ohio. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in Colorado and has a background in healthcare emergency management and business continuity planning. Lauren has been involved in planning and facilitating full scale exercises for long term care and skilled nursing facilities, along with ensuring compliance with state and federal emergency management regulations. She served as the Emergency Management Continuity Program Manager for SCL Health and provided support in developing a continuity program, along with standardizing training and exercise documents. Lauren is a Certified Healthcare Provider Continuity Professional (CHPCP), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) and has completed the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

www.vhepcoalition.org

About Lauren Smith, NHA, CHPCP, CHEP

Planning Specialist, Interim Assistant Readiness and Response Coordinator
All Clear Emergency Management Group, Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition
Ginny Schwartzer, MEP
CEO, Owner
All Clear Emergency Management Group

Ginny Schwartzer is CEO and Owner of All Clear Emergency Management Group. She has over 15 years of experience in safety and emergency management through positions with the North Carolina Industrial Commission Safety Education Section and as an emergency management consultant working with healthcare, higher education, and private industry clients. Ginny served as the System Emergency Manager for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) Health, a health system of nine acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care clinics. Ginny is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), Homeland Security and Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) instructor and Incident Command System instructor. Ginny Schwartzer graduated with honors from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in Journalism and holds a Master’s Certificate in Community Preparedness Disaster Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

www.AllClearEMG.org

About Ginny Schwartzer, MEP

CEO, Owner
All Clear Emergency Management Group
Kiki Nocella, PhD
Director, Healthcare Consulting Practice
Wipfli LLp

Kiki Nocella is a director in the firm’s healthcare consulting practice, providing clinical operations and graduate medical education consulting services. She leverages her vast experience in the healthcare industry to provide top-notch consulting services to hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, consortiums and academic health centers.

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About Kiki Nocella, PhD

Director, Healthcare Consulting Practice
Wipfli LLp
Kelly Rondou
Senior consultant
Wipfli LLP

Kelly is a seasoned workforce development professional, experienced in management, nonprofit, and healthcare workforce development. She also specializes in strategic planning, grant writing, and nonprofit governance, management, and operations. Before joining the Wipfli team, she was a Director at a HRSA-funded Primary Care Association. Prior to that, she was a Director for one of the largest disability services providers in Washington. She currently serves as a member of the SANCA Board of Directors and the Arts Corps Board of Directors as Treasurer.

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About Kelly Rondou

Senior consultant
Wipfli LLP

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About TangoRX Solutions

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About United Healthcare

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About Well Sense Health Plan

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About New Hampshire Healthy Families

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About Stellar Health

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08:00 AM

Conference Preview Waiting Room & Network with Sponsors

08:00 AM - 08:30 AM

Sponsors

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08:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
  • Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN

    President and CEO

08:45 AM

Keynote Address: Surviving and Thriving through the Pandemic - Health Centers Leveraging Adversity – A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP

08:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • A. Seiji Hayashi, MD, MPH, FAAFP

    Chief Transformation Officer, Medical Director

10:00 AM

Morning Break

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
10:15 AM

Morning Plenary: The 340B Program - Navigating Recent Challenges and Protecting Health Center Benefits for the Future – Jason Reddish, JD

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Jason Reddish, JD

    Partner

11:15 AM

2022 Bi-State Awards Ceremony

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM

Lunch Break & Network with Sponsors

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Sponsors

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12:30 PM

Afternoon Breakout A – Event Aftermath: Now What?

12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
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  • J. Scott Nichols, MBA

    Senior Director

Afternoon Breakout B – Strategic Workforce Planning: Foundational Elements and Process

12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
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  • Kiki Nocella, PhD

    Director, Healthcare Consulting Practice

02:00 PM

Closing Remarks

02:00 PM - 02:05 PM
  • Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN

    President and CEO

02:05 PM

Sponsor breakouts

02:05 PM - 02:30 PM

Sponsors

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