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Come Disrupt the Status Quo at CFHA 2013

Posted By Laurie Ivey, Friday, February 01, 2013

Disrupting Status Quo

Hi CFHA community,


It’s that time of year again—time for you to help us create the best CFHA conference yet! The conference dates are October 10-12, 2013 in Broomfield, Colorado. Disrupting Status Quo is our theme and we are ready to shake things up. I am one of the co-chairs of the CFHA 2013 conference and with Amy Davis, am leading the program committee to develop an exciting curriculum for presentations next fall. I have attended many CFHA conferences and find them inspiring. I helped out with the planning process when CFHA came to Denver in 2008 and was excited to do so again when Randall Reitz approached me to be a part of the Denver planning team.


We have spent a lot of time as a group talking about how to energize the 2013 conference and how to breathe some fresh air into our days together next fall. We chose the theme "Disrupting Status Quo” because we wanted to highlight the fact that it is time to bring new energy to our conference, particularly for the long-time attendees. We are all facing many disruptions in the workplace, from the institution of electronic health records, the changing demands resulting from the patient centered medical home movement, and from changes imposed by health care reform. Continuing to weave integrated care into this disruption is both challenging and exciting as we find successes and improvements in our delivery systems. Disruption is the norm for many of us right now and we wanted to capitalize on the notion and use it to give momentum to CFHA 2013.


The good news about our conference location is that you’ll be breathing in some good old Colorado Mountain air, as we have chosen a beautiful location in the foothills of Boulder. We are out of the city bustle this year and in the relaxing open space and sky of Broomfield, Colorado, with spectacular views of the Flat Irons of Boulder. The resort-style hotel is situated between Boulder and Denver for those of you who would like to explore both places. We plan to provide transportation to Boulder by bus for our traditional dine-around night. Our hotel is spectacular with outdoor heated pools and hot tubs. There is a beautiful outdoor reception space in which we will showcase a fun, beer tasting fund-raiser to benefit the CFHA scholarship program—Colorado style.


We need your help with fresh, new presentations. Consider being creative this year and bring us new ideas and new presentation formats. Let’s get the audience engaged. We need a few basic presentation that educate new attendees about Integrated care 101, but otherwise, we have an audience of repeating attendees who needs to leave refreshed and ready to go home and shake up their routines and practices with new thoughts about moving integration forward and through the twists and turns of the changing climate of health care. We have also had requests for excellent presentations on clinical topics.

The call for presentations just opened and ends March 15, 2013. So, click here and start typing up your best ideas. We look forward to reading them!


Laurie Ivey
Laurie Ivey is the Director of Behavioral Health for Swedish Family Medicine Residency and The Colorado Health Foundation. She enjoys teaching both family medicine residents and post-doctoral fellows to work and thrive in the integrated primary care environment. She lives in Denver Colorado with her partner and twin sons.

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