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Plenary Sessions 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 4:30 to 6:00 PM

PS1: Near Horizon, Far Horizon: A Policy-Focused Session

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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00 to 9:30 AM

PS2: Building Integrated Care at the Statewide Level: The Colorado Story

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Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00 to 9:30 AM

PS3: Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable Skills for an Uncertain World 

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Thursday, October 19, 2019 - 4:30 to 6:00 PM

PS1: Near Horizon, Far Horizon: A Policy-Focused Session

This fast-paced, multi-media session will bring together policy leaders from around the country to discuss how policy will and should change healthcare delivery.


Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  •  To describe healthcare reforms that will be coming in the next 5 years.
  • To advocate for healthcare reforms in one’s community, state, and nation.
  • To share a vision of how and health and health care should evolve over the next 20 years.


Marvin Figueroa, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources of Virginia, Richmond, VA

John McCarthy, Founding Partner, Speire Healthcare Strategies, Nashville, TN

Leslie Herod, Colorado State Representative, Denver, CO


John Daley, Health Reporter for Colorado Public Radio, Denver, CO

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 8:00 to 9:30 AM

PS2: Building Integrated Care at the Statewide Level: The Colorado Story

The State of Colorado set the audacious goal of building an infrastructure to ensure that 80% of Coloradans have access to integrated primary care by 2019.  Through sharing narratives and outcome metrics, this session will demonstrate the outcomes of the initiative and the stories behind its development. 

The overall vision for this session is that about 2/3 of it will tell the story of integrated behavioral health services in Colorado and the other 1/3 will be from 2 well known discussants who react to the story and frame it within the larger context of the growth of integration nationwide. The story-telling will be short, highly evocative narratives (5 minutes each, 10 minutes for SIM narrative) that use multi-media to increase the impact. We will work closely with the presenters to write the narratives and to create a central metaphor and images to create a coherent, holistic production. 


  • Marillac Clinic (1999)
  • Advancing Colorado's Mental Health Care (2003)
  • CFHA’s Role in Colorado (2006)
  • Role of University of Colorado Family Medicine (2008)
  • CO-EARTH (2013)
  • SIM (2014)


Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the developmental process for building integrated care at a statewide level.
  • Lay the groundwork for integrating a community’s healthcare system. 
  • Convene key partners for applying for and enacting a federal integrated care initiative


Larry Mauksch, MEd, Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Helen Royal, CEO, Summit Community Care Clinic, Frisco, CO

Polly Kurtz, Former Executive Director, CFHA, Greeley, CO

Ben Miller, PsyD, Chief Strategy Officer, Well Being Trust, Denver, CO

Alexandra Hulst, PhD, LMFT, Integrated Behavioral Health Advisor, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Grand Junction, CO 

Mike Olson, Director of CO-EARTH (not yet confirmed)

Barbara Martin, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, MPH, Director of SIM, Denver, CO

Michael Talamantes, Chair, SIM Work-Force Committee, Denver, CO


Susan McDaniel, Associate Chair of Family Medicine at University of Rochester, Founder of CFHA, Founder of Medical Family Therapy, past president of APA, Rochester, NY

Frank deGruy, Chair of Family Medicine at University of Colorado, founder and past president of CFHA, Denver, CO

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00 to 9:30 AM

PS3Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable skills for an Uncertain World 

The practice of medicine is unpredictable. Every day, clinicians must communicate with an ever-changing cast of patients and colleagues, in ever-changing environments and circumstances. To practice compassionate, collaborative medicine in this environment, clinicians must constantly think on their feet in order to navigate difficult situations and care for others while caring for themselves. In other words, clinicians must improvise. Improvisation is the expertise of adaptation, a cultivated intuition that guides spontaneity. Medical improvisation is the adaptation of improvisational theatre training methods to the healthcare context, promoting collaborative patient care through improved communication, cognition, and wellbeing. In this session, Dr. Belinda Fu describes her experiences with Medical Improv as a physician, patient, and educator, and explains its power to improve communication skills through experiential learning. With compelling stories and interactive exercises, she explores how improvisation can increase awareness, create rapport, and improve one’s ability to thrive in unpredictability. Belinda shares personal examples of how improv skills can deeply connect clinicians to the humanity of others during the complex communication challenges that pervade the practice of medicine.


  • Define medical improvisation and its relevance to medical practice and education
  • Describe the core skills of medical improvisation
  • Explain the relevance of improvisation to wellness and resilience


Belinda Fu, MD, is a family physician, medical educator, and improvisational actor. She is passionate about improving people's lives through insight, connection, and empowerment. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington (UW), Residency Faculty at Swedish Family Medicine–First Hill, and founder of The Mayutica Institute, an education and training organization. She received her BA at Stanford University, her MD from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency and faculty development fellowship at UW. Dr. Fu performs improv as an active ensemble member of Seattle Theatresports™, A Tribe Called Yes, and The Lost Folio. She speaks and teaches about medical improv, physician wellness, and communication skills at regional and national events, and was a plenary speaker at the inaugural 2018 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Physician Health and Well-being Conference. Dr. Fu co-organized the first Annual International Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer Workshops, and is a cornerstone of the international medical improvisation community.


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