Hi CFHA community,
I had the honor and privilege last
week of interviewing young family therapists to come join the ranks of new
learners and lifetime learners at St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Grand
Junction, Colorado. We, a team of physicians, behaviorists, nurses,
and educators chatted it up around a table smiling and proudly described our
environment to the interviewee. He asked us to each explain what we
enjoyed most about our clinic. Each of us responded without pause…relationship...relationship
with each other and with our patients.
What does this have to do with CHFA
I think this has everything to do
with this conference. Ideally, the plenaries, discussions,
workshops, networking hopefully all ultimately lead to a most positive, healthy
environment for those we serve and for ourselves too. When Randall Reitz
asked me to help plan this conference, I was a bit intimidated (and actually
remain so!). However, I am passionate about the work of collaboration and
of dynamic change to a "healthier” healthcare system, so with a deep breath, I
have joined with Laurie Ivey on the program committee for CHFA
2013. In order to forge ahead with promise and creativity, we need
the collective power of all of your hard work in your various disciplines.
The conference dates are October
10-12, 2013. The theme for the conference is "Disrupting Status Quo”
which we think parallels changes in the health care political, economic, and
clinical environments. We as providers and consumers are readying
to embrace what will hopefully be a metamorphosis of healthcare. These
changes are likely to be disruptive and uncomfortable but offer great hope and
promise for those of us who advocate for collaboration in healthcare delivery.
In contrast to our "disrupting”
theme, the conference will be set against the backdrop of the Flat Iron
Mountains between Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Western poetry
emanates from the open sky, crisp air and the rolling range leading to the
foothills. I encourage you to consider submission, to come dialog,
debate, and share…then relax under a clear Colorado sky. Make us think,
make us squirm, challenge us to a better way.
The call for presentations began February 1st and will close March 15th.
Please submit them at the CFHA
website. We look forward to reading them!
|Amy is Family Physician who has
lived a varied professional life with public service in the IHS, residency
education, work with under-served communities, and 13 years of collaborative
care experience. She currently is the Medical Director of the SMFM
Collaborative HIV clinic and works in primary care at the VA in Grand Junction,