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Iowa PCA Annual Conference

Thursday, October 24 at 12:00 AM
Sheraton West Des Moines, West Des Moines, IA, 50266 Show Map

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This CME meeting will be held at Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, IA.

Iowa PCA Celebrates 25 Years

This year the Iowa Primary Care association celebrates 25 years of service to Iowa’s health centers. the past 25 years have been filled with tremendous challenges and incredible successes. The PCA was formed in 1988 as a coalition of four community health centers in Iowa and Nebraska. since then, with the support of two significant investments in health centers – the first under President George w. bush and the most recent under President Barack Obama – the health Center Program in Iowa and across the nation has flourished. because of this investment, today more than 180,000 patients have access to medical, dental, and behavioral health services at 14 health centers in Iowa.

As the health centers have increased access across the state, the PCAstaff has grown to support the work of the centers. today, the Iowa PCA employs 17 full-time staff members, who provide technical assistance in a number of areas, including administration and finance, quality and performance improvement, health center development and expansion, communications, advocacy and policy, recruitment and workforce, and emerging programs, as well as support for electronic medical and dental records systems through INConcertCare (INCC), our affiliated health center controlled network.

As we witness in our health centers every day, we know firsthand the needs continue to be great. Yet, we celebrate our 25th anniversary at a very exciting time. with the ongoing implementation of the affordable Care act, we are fortunate, with a variety of partners, to be on the frontlines of enrolling thousands of uninsured Iowans into coverage and connecting them with access to routine, ongoing primary care. We will certainly face challenges in the months and years to come, but we are privileged to be part of a larger system of care that has the power to raise awareness of the value and impact of community-driven health care. Working together, we can transform those challenges into opportunities for success and, as a result or our collective efforts, bring quality,affordable care to more underserved populations.

On behalf of the Iowa PCa and INCC staff, I extend my sincerest thanks to each of our member health centers and their local community partners. We are truly humbled by the work each of you do every day, and we are proud to support you in your efforts.

To another 25 years!

Theodore J. Boesen, Jr. 

Target audience

The 2013 conference will continue the tradition of offering our members another outstanding training event. Members from community health centers throughout Iowa will be in attendance. We are anticipating over 100 attendees including CEOs, Operation Directors, Senior Leadership, Clinic Managers, Clinicians, Dental Staff, CFOs, HR Directors, Quality Directors, and Marketing/Fundraising Staff.


The Iowa Primary Care Association Annual Conference is an educational opportunity for our community health centers to learn about upcoming changes in the health care environment, best practices and strategies, and ways to collaborate as a group. Content includes training for CEOs, Operations Directors, Senior Leadership, Clinic Manager, Clinicians, Dental Staff, CFOs, HR Directors, Quality Director, and Marketing/Fundraising Staff.


  1. Identify opportunities in the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to improve financial health and clinical quality as evidenced by their evaluation responses.
  2. Describes one takeaway to integrate Medical and Dental care as evidenced by their evaluation responses.
  3. Identify and share barriers and opportunities from another FQHC how they have improved their team based care as evidenced by their evaluation responses.
  4. Identify and share barriers and opportunities with the EMR as evidenced by their evaluation responses.


Click here to view the agenda.


Click here to view the speaker biography’s. 


Registration is now open. There are two different ways to register:

1. Online Registration: Click here to register online and pay by credit card.

2. Register Online and mail your check to:

Iowa Primary Care Association
9943 Hickman Road, Suite 103
Urbandale, IA 50322

Please make checks payable to the Iowa Primary Care Association. For more information about registration, call Jennifer Conner-Mennenga at (515) 244-9610.

*Please provide your name as you wish it to appear on your conference name badge.


Pamela Lester, RN, BSN, PCMH CCE
Performance Improvement Manager
Iowa Primary Care Association
9943 Hickman Road, Suite 103
Urbandale, IA 50322

Continuing education

IMS LogoM.D.: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME® Essential Areas and Elements and Iowa Medical Society (IMS) policies. Des Moines University is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Des Moines University designates this live education activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

D.O.: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Des Moines University is accredited by the AOA and approves this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credits.

IBON: Des Moines University (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This activity has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 8.4 continuing education contact hours.

Other: This live activity was designated for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Commercial support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

Disclosure statement

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

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