2017 ASPPH Annual Meeting @ Crystal Gateway Marriott
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day

Registration is now open for the 2017 ASPPH Annual Meeting, Wednesday, March 15 – Friday, March 17 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The meeting has engaging programming relevant to CEPH-accredited public health education, research, and practice.

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Annual Contraceptive Technology Conference @ Hyatt regency San Francisco
Mar 15 – Mar 18 all-day

Highlights & Benefits

  • Six vibrant Preconferences including Nexplanon and IUD training sessions. Hone your IUD insertion skills on our new postpartum uterine model, and enhance your management of IUD complications.
  • We heard you! NCC has coded all conference sessions to help NCC Certified RNs and NPs choose sessions that will complete their educational plan!
  • New Clinicians are welcome. If you graduated in 2014 or after, you are eligible to receive a significant discount on the Main Conference Tuition.
  • Issues you deal with every day in your practice are addressed in a variety of teaching styles, including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions, interactive case study discussions and hands-on training.
  • Explore the Contemporary Forums Mobil App, a dynamic tool you can use before, during and after the conference to review the schedule and faculty, connect with colleagues and speakers, participate in audience polling, and manage the logistics of the conference.
  • Calling all Pharmacists! This conference will provide you with CE credit and help you gain insight into Pharmacist-Directed Prescribing.
  • The authors of Contraceptive Technology and other nationally known expert faculty invite you take part in an optional Roundtable Lunch on challenging clinical issues, and “up close and personal” discussions.

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SNF VBP: Understanding Your Facility’s Confidential Feedback Report Call
Mar 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.
During this call, CMS experts present on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, including confidential quarterly feedback reports and implementation guidance. Gain an understanding of the significance of readmissions and how SNF risk-standardized readmission rates are computed. Learn how to navigate through the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) and the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application systems to report SNF quality performance. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
The SNF VBP Program rewards SNFs with incentive payments for quality of care, promoting better clinical outcomes for SNF patients. The program will begin in FY 2019.

Target Audience: SNFs, administrators, clinicians, and other stakeholders.

Healthy Communities: An Assessment and Implementation Framework to Achieve Inclusion of Persons with Disability
Mar 16 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 am
2017 Hospice Manager Series 3 of 4 Coaching & Guidance: Ensuring Everyone Knows Where They Are Headed & How to Get There
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

We all want self-motivated employees that are good problem solvers and flexible with changes. But, we can’t expect people to know what we want or foster self-motivation if we use a controlling management style. Being too controlling makes employees more inclined to ask you how to solve their problems. Equally ineffective is waiting until the annual evaluation to give employees feedback. The solution is a more participative and consultative management style known as coaching. This webinar will focus on essential coaching processes and skills to ensure managers know how to provide clear supervision about where they are headed and how to get there. Having clear goals and plans is an effective way to retain good employees and minimize poor performance – or coach out people who are not a good fit.


  • Common misperceptions about coaching
  • Differentiate coaching from counseling (a more directive approach used to take corrective action)
  • Establish clear and measurable short-term and strategic long-range goals
  • Create plans that are easily achievable to reinforce success
  • Mentoring, online videos/resources, and other educational materials to encourage learning and development
  • Handout with additional lecture notes
  • Resources for key topics
  • “Managers as Coaches” assessment exercise
  • Discussion guide to use with agency managers
  • A guide to introduce the coaching process to employees
  • Sample forms for coaching sessions and follow-up


Well Being and Resiliency: From Mental Health to Whole Health @ The Queen's Conference Center
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Mental health is about wellbeing emotionally and physically. Live in today’s society is challenging. What practices can we use to grow and sustain our buoyancy, resilience, and mental strength throughout life’s
daily flow of encounters, joys and issue? The speakers (wife and husband) for this training bring a rich history of promoting mental wellbeing through clinical settings and in public health arenas, with success stories and case studies that share tips on how best to manage/improve mental wellbeing for each of us.

This Live Training is approved for 1.5 CE CSAC hrs. and/or 1.5 CE with
National Association of Social Workers, HI Chapter and has 1.5 hr. CHES/MCHES–entry level.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Describe how the emotions and stress influence your physical health
  2. Examine the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and
    how its findings have influenced mental health strategies and interventions
  3. Review and experience evidence-based interventions to support emotional and physical wellbeing and resiliency

Registration link: 17 2017

Guest Speakers: Margaret Walkover, MPH & Daniel Lev, PhD

Speakers Bio:

Margaret Walkover MPH, has over 20 years of experience in public health research, quality improvement and change management. Ms Walkover discovered her passion for bringing ‘research to practice’ over the last 10 years as her work focused on managing large scale initiatives addressing Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Health Primary Care Integration and Co-Occurring Disorders (mental health and substance use). Ms Walkover is active with the Hawaii Public Health Association and the American Public Health Association where she is Chair of its Mental Health Section and responsible for oversight of its annual scientific conference. She volunteers on two Hawaii Legislative Task Forces–Mental Health and Homelessness. She has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California-Berkeley and an MPH from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Daniel Lev, PhD directs the Kailua Comfort Clinic, located in Kailua and Haleiwa, serving people who deal with chronic pain and other personal difficulties. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University in Honolulu, where he teaches social psychology and health psychology. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Wright Institute Graduate School of Clinical Psychology in Berkeley, California, Dr. Lev established a private practice and worked as a part-time instructor in graduate clinical education and as director of the Family Counseling Center at Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services.  Dr. Lev began work as a behavioral medicine/health psychologist in 1995 at Children’s Hospital – Oakland, California. Since the early 1990’s, Dr. Lev has trained in and practiced clinical hypnosis and meditation, specializing in hypnoanalgesia. In 2008, he was certified as a Consultant by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Before moving to Oahu, Daniel worked from 2012-2014 as a pain psychologist within two multidisciplinary pain management groups at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California.


2017 NAHC March on Washington @ Washington, DC
Mar 20 – Mar 21 all-day

NAHC has changed the format of the March on Washington this year because we believe it is important to meet with elected officials and make our case to them more than once a year. We are planning three advocacy events in 2017, in March, June and September. We hope you can attend all of them in person or virtually and that you will invite your Senator or Representative to go on a home visit with you this year. Our goal is to get all 100 Senators on a home visit before the 2018 elections. (Here is more information on how you can do that. NAHC can help.)

The 2017 March on Washington kicks off on Monday, March 20, with a Washington Update panel discussion, featuring NAHC leadership and political experts discussing the critical issues facing home care and hospice.

On Tuesday, March 21, we will gather in the morning to march on Capitol Hill for private meetings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to inform them about our work and ask for their support. NAHC staff will be at the Frederick Douglass Museum all day to debrief you after our day on the Hill, and there will be space to leave your luggage while you are meeting with your elected officials.

Here is the schedule and more details about the 2017 March on Washington. NAHC Report will issue further updates in the coming days as more details are finalized.


Monday, March 20

4:00 – 5:00 pm: March on Washington Reception – meet and greet colleagues from your state and the NAHC staff, and plan for the March

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Washington Update Panel

Tuesday, March 21

8:00 – 9:30 am: Kick-off Breakfast

Beginning at 9:30 am: Individual Appointments with Congressmen

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Frederick Douglas Museum open

(Monday events and Tuesday breakfast will be held at the Frederick Douglas Museum just blocks from the U.S. Capital, 320 A Street, NE, Washington, D.C.)

This shortened program allows participants to arrive in D.C. on Monday and depart on Tuesday afternoon or evening. Remember, additional March on Washington advocacy days are being planned in June, September.

Registration and Hotels

There is no cost to participate in the March on Washington event, but registration is required. Click here to register to participate in March on Washington, and click here for a list of hotels close to Capitol Hill and the Frederick Douglass Museum.

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Kick Butts Day @ Hawaii State Capitol
Mar 20 all-day

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Across the United States there will be more than 1,000 organized events where teachers, youth leaders and health advocates will raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their community, encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free, and urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Cigarette and e-cigarette smoke produce secondhand smoke, which is harmful to our health. Children that ride in vehicles and breathe in secondhand smoke are at a higher risk to develop a range of respiratory problems such as asthma that could last a lifetime.

On March 20, Hawaii’s Kick Butts Day will focus on #BreatheAloha, our campaign to protect our youth from the dangers of inhaling secondhand smoke while riding in vehicles.

We will have high school and college students participating from across the state to rally for smoke-free cars and urge legislators to take action in support of Senate Bill 261 (SB261).

This event is hosted by the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, a program of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, and will be led by its Youth Council members. Smoke-free vehicles when a minor is present is our Youth Council’s priority this year, and is currently the law in the County of Hawai‘i and in eight states!

9-11am: Gather at St. Andrew’s School for breakfast, introductions, educational/creative activities, prepare for rally and meetings with legislators.

11am-1pm: March and rally at the State Capitol, eat lunch, take photos, attend program.

1-3pm: Break into groups and attend meetings with legislators.

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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call
Mar 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.

During this call, learn about the Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care project grant award. The Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network will share information about the new QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide that can assist long-term care providers with performance improvement efforts. Additionally, CMS experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session
follows the presentation.


  • Kathy Hagen, The Eden Alternative
  • Kristi Wergin, Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network
  • Michele Laughman and Debbie Lyons, CMS

Target Audience: Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders.

Live Happy with Purpose Workshop @ A & B Meeting Room
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Why is purpose important for health and longevity?
Okinawans call it ikigai, and Nicoyans call it plan de vida, but in both cultures of these Blue Zones, the phrases roughly translate to, “why I wake up in the morning.” What’s your reason to get out of bed every morning? Studies show that people with a clear goal in life, or something to wake up for every morning, live longer and stay mentally sharper than those who don’t. When we use our time – and our gifts and passions – on things that are truly important to us, we are living with purpose.

What can I expect to gain from a Purpose Workshop?
A certified facilitator will guide participants through an interactive workshop that begins you on a purpose journey. The workshop is appropriate for all individuals age 15 years and older. In the workshop, you will clarify your purpose and set goals that will help you live a more fulfilled and intentional life. You will navigate transitions in your life, discern your gifts and talents, identify your passion, and reflect on your values. You will be equipped with the tools you need to create daily purpose practices so that you can continue the journey to discover and express your purpose in the days, weeks, and years beyond the workshop.

Register here