Annual Conference 2020 

Thank you to all who participated in the OMA's first-ever all-virtual Annual Conference!

Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

In just the last several months, the healthcare industry—and the world—has seen a remarkable degree of change in the way we work, play, communicate, and practice medicine. Since the start of 2020, Oregon’s healthcare professionals have confronted the health and economic tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic, pivoted to telehealth and other digital solutions, and participated in a new focus on racial equity and justice.

More than ever before, our fellow citizens look to us, skilled physicians and physician assistants, to take the initiative to lead. But what should that leadership look like? What adaptations are necessary to remain innovative when best practices keep changing? How can we best respond to the challenges and the opportunities 2020 has brought us?

Register now to join the Oregon Medical Association on September 26, 2020 for Medicine Now: Leadership in a Time of Transformative Change, the association’s annual conference. Now a virtual event with free admission, the conference will feature presentations delivered by forward thinkers of Oregon’s healthcare landscape.

Questions about event? Email the OMA.

Accreditation and Credit Designation *

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The Oregon Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Oregon Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Elizabeth Lahti, MD, FACP

Conference Moderator

Kevin Ewanchyna, MD

OMA President

Bryan Boehringer       

OMA CEO and Executive Vice President

OMA Member Annual Meeting

The conference moderator is Elizabeth Lahti, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University Division of Hospital Medicine, Director of Narrative Medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, and President of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative.

The Medicine Now conference also serves as the annual meeting of the OMA membership. The 2020 digital conference will feature the State of the OMA remarks, a regular portion of the annual in-person event, delivered by OMA President Kevin Ewanchyna, MD.

Former Oregon Governor
John Kitzhaber, MD

Jennifer Little, MPH

Public Health Director, Klamath Falls

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

American Medical Association

Stewart Decker, MD

Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center

Patrick Allen

Oregon Health Authority

Agenda, Conference Presentations, and Bios

The agenda for the half-day conference is available as a downloadable PDF. Or scroll down for a web-based version.

8:00 a.m.
Bryan Boehringer, CEO and Executive Vice President, Oregon Medical Association
Elizabeth Lahti, MD, Conference Moderator

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Presenter bio: 
Elizabeth Lahti, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the OHSU Division of Hospital Medicine, Director of Narrative Medicine for the OHSU School of Medicine, and President of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative. She is a hospitalist and educator in the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She teaches narrative medicine and reflective practice to interprofessional students, residents, and faculty with a focus on professional identity formation, leadership development, and patient centered care. She co-founded the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative which hosts a variety of events for patients, caregivers, health professionals, and artists to explore the intersection of story and health. She is poetry editor for The Pharos, a medical humanities journal of the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, and is currently working on a story share project with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at OHSU. Her work has been published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Presenter bio: Bryan Boehringer has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Medical Association since January of 2016. Prior to being selected as the CEO, Bryan served as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations, where he led the organization’s advocacy efforts. As the CEO, Bryan leads the strategic planning efforts focused on advocating for a system to help OMA members provide the best patient care possible. During his tenure as the Association’s lead lobbyist, he worked on several issues, from reauthorizing and funding the Rural Medical Reinsurance Fund, to improving the practice environment by passing administrative simplification legislation. Prior to joining the OMA, Bryan served as the Director of Government and Community Relations at OHSU. During his 11 years at OHSU, Bryan worked on a variety of issues, including the expansion of OHSU’s biomedical efforts and the expansion of OHSU’s health and research facilities into the South Waterfront.

8:05 a.m.
Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, President, Oregon Medical Association

State of the OMA

Presenter bio: 
Dr. Ewanchyna was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He earned his degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ewanchyna is board-certified in family medicine in both Canada and the United States, and he serves as the chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Plans in Corvallis and Intercommunity Health Network CCO for Benton, Lincoln, and Linn counties. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, physical fitness, music, and theater.  

8:15 a.m.

Patrick Allen, Director, Oregon Health Authority

Opening Address: No New Normal: Promoting Health Equity in a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities of our nation’s healthcare system. In his talk, the chief executive of the Oregon Health Authority will discuss actions the OHA is taking in partnership with providers and community partners to suppress the COVID-19 virus, save lives, and achieve greater health equity in our state.

Presenter bio: Pat Allen is Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which is working to fundamentally improve how health care is delivered and paid for, tackling issues that include costs, quality, prevention and health care access. OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health and the Oregon Health Plan, the state's innovative Medicaid program. Pat, a native Oregonian, has more than 25 years in public service, most recently as the director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services for six years, where he oversaw the regulation of the commercial insurance market, worker safety and health, the financial services industry, building codes and other services. Pat's guiding principles and his charge from Governor Brown are to promote transparency, the wise use of public dollars, and integrity throughout OHA's many programs.

8:45 a.m.
Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, MD

Keynote Address: Architects of the Future
The COVID-19 pandemic, with its profound social and economic consequences, has exposed not only the depth of the racial, ethnic, and health disparities in our nation, but also the consequences of our failure to embrace a policy of universal coverage, and the fundamental flaw in a reimbursement model based on volume rather than value. Addressing these problems is complicated by the serious revenue shortfall faced by the State of Oregon over the next three years. While not minimizing the enormity of these immediate challenges, embedded in this crisis is an opportunity to redesign old models that are no longer serving their purpose, and to accelerate the transition towards goals we already recognize are necessary (e.g. telemedicine, value-based payment). There is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to better align our systems with caring, compassion, and the goal of improving the health of the nation and no one is more qualified to lead that effort than the people who have dedicated their lives to the healthcare profession.

Presenter bio: John graduated from University of Oregon Medical School and practiced Emergency Medicine in Roseburg, Oregon. He served in the Oregon House and State Senate, and is Oregon’s longest-serving governor, holding that office from 1995-2003 and 2011-2015.  He authored the Oregon Health Plan in 1989 which built a defined benefit based on a prioritized list of health service; and is a chief architect of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, which now provide care to over a million Oregonians within a global budget indexed to a sustainable growth rate, while meeting quality and outcome metrics.  In 2013 Modern Healthcare Magazine ranked John #2 on list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care;” and #1 on the list of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives.  John is currently a writer, speaker and private consultant on health policy and politics; and holds the Chair in Health Policy at the Foundation for Medical Excellence.

9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
Stewart Decker, MD, Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center
Jennifer Little, MPH, Public Health Director, Klamath Falls 

Public Health and the Individual Clinician: How Healthcare Providers Can Find Their Way into Community Health
The director of public health and a community physician talk about how to create a partnership between clinicians and public health while developing a "community of health" in their rural city, and how that foundation functioned when faced with the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Presenter bio: Stewart Decker is a family physician who loves public health. He works with the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Sky Lakes Wellness Center, and his local public health department to improve the health of his community in the broadest sense possible. He believes that community development, social norms, and systemic change to our healthcare system are the only equitable solutions to a growing crisis of preventable non-communicable diseases. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, is President Elect of the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine, and is serving as the Medical Director of the Sky Lakes Wellness Center.

Presenter bio: Jennifer Little is the director of the Klamath County Public Health Department in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Public Health from Oregon State University. She serves on the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center board of directors, co-chairs the Blue Zones Project Built Environment Committee, participates on the Cascade Health Alliance (CCO) community advisory council, and is involved in the Coalition of Local Health Officials.  Jennifer is a health enthusiast and in her free time she loves to mountain bike and backcountry ski.

11:00 a.m.
Susan Bailey, MD, President, American Medical Association

Message from the AMA President

Presenter bio: Dr. Bailey is a distinguished allergist/immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, is the 175th president of the American Medical Association. A fierce advocate for physician autonomy and private practice, Dr. Bailey has held numerous leadership positions with the AMA, including serving as speaker and vice speaker of the AMA’s House of Delegates; chair of both the Advisory Panel on Women in Medicine and the AMA Council on Medical Education. She has also represented the AMA on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties, and COLA. Her dedicated service in organized medicine extends to the local and state levels, where she has served as board chair and president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, and as vice speaker, speaker and president of the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Bailey has been an allergist in private practice for over 30 years. She completed her residency in general pediatrics and a fellowship in allergy/immunology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and has been awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. In addition to receiving her medical degree with honors from the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Dr. Bailey was later appointed to the Texas A&M System Board of Regents by then-Gov. George W. Bush, and has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University and of Texas A&M University College of Medicine.

11:05 a.m.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President
American Medical Association

The Impact of Racism on Public Health
Racism is a public health issue with significant impacts to health and well-being. Public health officers, physicians, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals know firsthand the impacts that long-standing discriminatory structures and institutionalized racism have on health outcomes. This has been particularly pronounced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and documented by federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr.  Maybank will discuss the roles institutions have played in fostering, exacerbating, and perpetuating racism and other forms of oppression, and how the medical profession can work with other professionals and communities to make significant and lasting change.

Presenter bio: Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH currently serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA) where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading the Center for Health Equity. She joined the AMA in April 2019, as their inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer. Dr. Maybank previously served as Founding Director for the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014) and the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (2006). She is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and advisor on issues related to health equity, the future of medicine, and public health impact.

12:00 p.m.
Event Conclusion

Thank you, sponsors!