Monday Intensive Workshops


Attendance at these workshops are included in your registration.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jumpstart Water Management for Rural Healthcare Facilities

Patricia Montgomery, Washington State Department of Health
Vivian Hawkins, Washington State Department of Health
Sara Podczervinski, Washington State Department of Health
Kevin Wickersham, Washington State Department of Health
Elizabeth Gordon, Washington State Department of Health
Elisabeth Long, Washington State Department of Health
Larry Lee, Pacific Industrial Hygiene
Lisa Hannah, Morton General Hospital
Amy Abbott, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Jeff Robbins, Morton General Hospital
Alan VanBeek, Astria Sunnyside Hospital
Tyler Henning, Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health is pleased to offer a one-day intensive workshop on management and prevention of Legionella and other waterborne pathogens in Critical Access Hospitals and Long-term care facilities. Participants will learn about water management programs and Legionnaires’ disease case and cluster investigation.

Anticipated audience includes administrators, infection preventionists, facility managers from both hospitals and long-term facilities care along with environmental health and communicable disease epidemiology staff from local health jurisdictions.  At a minimum we recommend facilities send their infection preventionist and facilities manager who are usually the key personnel responsible for developing water management plans.


  • Describe the epidemiology and the basic steps of Legionnaire’s disease case and outbreak investigations.
  • Differentiate roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in investigations and control of healthcare associated Legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreak
  • Explain the importance of a water management program to reduce growth and spread of water-borne organisms
  • Describe the components of a water management program
  • Identify resources available to begin to develop and implement, or improve upon, a water management program


9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Rural Workforce of the Future:  Strategies to Innovate, Apply Data, and Develop Partnerships

Dan Ferguson, WA State Allied Health Center of Excellence
Ben Lindekugel, Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
Alison Carl White, Better Health Together
Daniel Smith, SW Washington ACH
Suzanne Swadener, Washington State Health Care Authority
Susan Skillman, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies

Join us as we open the Workforce Track, with a facilitated discussion including a panel of representatives from Accountable Communities of Health and the Center for Health Workforce Studies to provide an update on rural workforce development in delivering whole person care. This session will examine trends, new opportunities, and resources available to support rural providers as they keep pace with change. Facilitators bring collaboration to this session, where we will build partnerships to develop sustainable workforce solutions for our communities.


1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Practice Transformers: Caring for Communities through Collaboration and Partnership Development

Rick Helms, Practice Transformation Support Hub
Gwen Cox, Qualis Health
Leslie Robison, Pullman Regional Hospital and Palouse Medical
Bridget Beachy, Community Health of Central WA
Becky Corson, Mid-Valley Medical Clinic
Gary Swan, Health Care Authority

Continue the Workforce Track as we take a closer look at how to implement workforce strategies in rural Washington communities. Learn from examples and explore the tools available to get your workforce plans on the ground. You’ll hear from a variety of providers’ behavioral health integration strategies in their clinic settings, the innovative practice models and workforce practices they rely upon. A representative from the Health Care Authority will discuss Washington’s new value based payment options, which emphasize population health management and whole person care, providing incentives for quality. Facilitated discussion will again support audience engagement in moving forward to apply new knowledge.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Community Health Worker Core Competency Training

Debbie Spink, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Family and Community Health Improvements
Sonora Stampfly, Washington State Department of Health, Office of Family and Community Health Improvements

This training is a free eight week combination of online and in-person training designed to strengthen the common skills, knowledge and abilities of the Community Health Worker (CHW). We will cover CHW roles and boundaries, communication skills, cultural competency and prepare the class to complete the next six weeks of online learning.


9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Leading Change and Transition

Deb Curless, Washington Trust Bank
Natalie Keller, Washington Trust Bank
Jaclyn Nagata, Washington Trust Bank
Shelly Detrick, Washington Trust Bank

Change happens to all of us, personally and professionally.  Whether transition moves us in a positive direction, or not, there is still a process that we all go through. How we lead that change, is imperative. In this presentation we will focus on predicting and preparing for change,  how to lead your team through all the stages of change, and most importantly, how to make change worth it!


1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Expanding Access to Financing & Telehealth for Rural Health

Marti Canatsey, USDA Rural Development
Rick Rose, USDA Rural Development
Peter McMillin, USDA Rural Development
Kirk Pearson, USDA Rural Development
Jason McGill, Govenor’s Office State of WA
Michael Cade, Thurston County EDC (Economic Development Council)
Craig Nolte, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Community Development

This session will offer participants information to assist in health care capital project decisions.  Presenters offer perspectives regarding the Health Care investment impacts on the community and economy, how and where to find funding, and a focus on an existing project.

*NOTE: This session ends at 5:30 PM


8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course

Mary Catlin, Washington State Department of Health
Caleb Holtzer, Providence

The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course covers the highest quality, evidence- based practices for treating patients with opioid use disorder.

This course covers all medications and treatments for opioid use disorder, and provides 8 hrs of the required education needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Dementia Care is Changing, Are You?

Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

We will review a variety of ideas for you to customize a plan of action for yourself, your organization and/or your community to become dementia friendly; which will start with reframing who should be involved and why.  There will be a screening of the Hollywood dementia film “His Neighbor Phil” and a talk back regarding how dementia has a ripple effect in your communities, businesses and families; which will give insights as to needed support systems.  We will also review and discuss the value of and how to start and maintain sustainable Memory Cafés, Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry programs and public educational programs.