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2017 Annual Conference

The NJPCA 2017 Annual Conference, Level Up: Healthcare Change Ready, was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came to Atlantic City to be a part of it. Over 300 New Jersey healthcare professionals came together to learn about finance, clinical quality, federal regulations, outreach & enrollment, governance, meaningful use, APMs, MACRA and dental clinical quality. We hope your experience was filled with opportunities for personal growth, networking, learning, and overall fun. Through powerful group sessions and the willingness to share your best practices, you created a platform for mutual learning and growth. That is how we become healthcare change ready!

Peer Support Learning Groups Networking Reception

Special thank you to Aetna Better Health of New Jersey for sponsoring our Peer Support Learning Groups Networking Reception on Wednesday, September 27. HRSA requires PCAs to provide subject area peer learning opportunities to Center team members for sharing resources and exchanging best practices. This reception is an opportunity to connect with our colleagues and celebrate the year-long hard work of all peer work groups. Reception attendees were thrilled to have a live performance by a special guest, Joaquin “ Quino” McWhinney of Big Mountain.

Breakout Breakfast: All Gender Healthcare

The Breakout Breakfast focused on the importance of eliminating LGBTQ health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBTQ health. To effectively address LGBTQ health issues, we need to inform ourselves and understand the social inequalities these communities face. Dr. Michael McNett, Chief Medical Officer of Alliance Community Healthcare, provided the audience with a medical background and discussed the need for non-judgmental, culturally competent medical care and prevention services specific to this population. The audience also had the opportunity to hear a personal story from a fellow New Jerseyean, Matthew Dawkins. Matthew was recognized in the media as the first documented transgender high school athlete of New Jersey at the age of 19. Matt’s mother, Tammi Grovatt-Dawkims was also able to speak on transgender health from the perspective of a proud mom and a private practice psychotherapist.

Healthcare Heroes Luncheon

The Healthcare Heroes Luncheon was the highlight of the conference with more attendees than anticipated! The expert panel included Colleen Meiman, Director of Regulatory Affairs at NACHC and Heather Howard, Lecturer in Public Affairs at Princeton University who focused on the health center funding cliff as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. We also benefited from hearing John Church, CFO of Omni Family Health and Gloria Boseman, Professor of Nursing at New Jersey City University. The luncheon is our opportunity to recognize all our Healthcare Heroes for the great work that they do in delivering healthcare excellence. We are so grateful to have had Anatalia Villaranda of The Voice and Joaquin “Quino” McWhinney of Big Mountain help us in celebrating our Healthcare Heroes with their musical talent!

Healthcare Heroes

Each New Jersey Community Health Center selected a model employee to be honored. Awardees were selected based on their selfless commitment and unwavering dedication to the mission of their community health center.

Dr. Chidi Achebe


Newark Community Health Centers, Inc.

Susan Moskal

Director of Nursing

Jewish Renaissance Medical Center

Marilina Avanz

Patient Care Coordinator

Horizon Health Center

Louris Mikaeil

NJ CEED Outreach Worker

Metropolitan Family Health Network

Gregory Collins, MD

Internal Medicine

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers

Eva Montes

Bilingual Receptionist


Philip Daa

Social Case Worker

Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center

Danielle Orlando

Patient Advocate

Project H.O.P.E., Inc.

Nidia Dantas

Manager, OB/GYN Services

Monmouth Family Health Center

Inga Robbins, MD


AtlantiCare Health Services

Denise Fallon

Coordinator of Cancer Education & Early Detection Program (CEED)

Zufall Health Center

Grace Sumallo

OB/GYN Charge Nurse

Neighborhood Health Services Corporation

Jacqueline Fleming, MD


Eric B. Chandler Health Center

Trupti Upadhyay

Outreach Coordinator & Enrollment Assister

Jewish Renaissance Foundation

Dorian Jackson

OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner

CAMcare Health Corporation

Gaetana Venezia

Pediatric Manager/

Administrative Coordinator at WNY

North Hudson Community Action Corporation Health Center

Dr. Charisma Lanez

Director of Medical Affairs

Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc.

Mia Wade Voorhees

RN Unit Manager Pediatric Department

Henry J. Austin Health Center, Inc.

Dr. Alison Lewis

Primary Care Provider

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center

Carmen Williams

Director of Nursing

CompleteCare Health Network

2017 Speakers

Jeffry Adest, Esq

Garfunkel Wild, P.C.

Dr. Gloria Boseman, RN, PhD

New Jersey City University

Dr. Natalie Chalmers, DDS, PhD

DentaQuest Institute

John Church

Omni Family Health

Maura Collinsgru

New Jersey Citizen Action

Matthew Dawkins

Tanmi Grovat-Dawkins

Private Practice Psychotherapist

Peter R. Epp, CPA


Renne Fusco

Infection Prevention Consultant

Johnathan Goh, FCCA, CPA

Gowell Associates, LLC

Dr. Barrett Hatches, PhD

Chicago Family Health Center

Heather Howard

Princeton University

Dionne Kearney, CPA


Danielle Liss

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Anne Lorenzo

New Jersey Innovation Institute

Dr. Michael McNett

Alliance Community Healthcare

Colleen Meiman

National Association of Community Health Centers

Renu Tadepalli

New Jersey Innovation Institute

Arixmar Velez

New Jersey Innovation Institute

“Excellent training! Provided valuable information!”
“Ms. Fusco is excellent – great speaker and gave lots of examples. Very knowledgeable.”

Breakout Breakfast: “This was amazing! Looking forward to bringing this back to our health center.”

“Congratulations on a great conference! My staff who attended had great things to say about the educational workshops. Presenters were good, topics were relevant, and they came away with new knowledge that they can use.”

“The speakers were engaging and on point addressing so many of the issues that are critical to health center operations and patient care. The entertainment was fabulous and the networking so valuable. Project HOPE staff expressed appreciation for all the events but want you to know that they especially loved Dr. Boseman!”

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Finally, a huge thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors who make this event possible every year. Without your support, both in sponsoring the event itself and in your ongoing contributions to NJPCA, the conference could not have been a success.



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