Annual Conference 2020 



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 3.0 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

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

Conference Speakers

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.

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.

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. 

Patrick Allen, Director
Oregon Health Authority

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.

Thank you, sponsors!