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Pennsylvania EMS Conference Update

The annual Pennsylvania EMS Conference, now in its 42nd year, is widely known as a reliable source of high-quality EMS continuing education.  The event is relied on by hundreds of EMS providers to satisfy certification requirements and to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of prehospital emergency medicine.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the emergency services community in ways most never could have predicted, affecting nearly every facet of the industry.  Not insignificant is the cancellation or rescheduling of numerous conferences and other educational opportunities.  Current social distancing guidelines, travel restrictions, and uncertain timelines have made planning a large, in-person event challenging at best.  As coordinators of the PA EMS Conference, the team at PEHSC has made the decision deviate from the traditional conference and transition the event to a virtual format.  This change will guarantee that the event will be able to occur, proving an opportunity for the EMS community to receive the valuable education that is so desperately needed.

The conference is still expected to take place on September 2-4, 2020, now from the comfort of your own homes!  Coordinators are working on an exciting lineup of speakers and other options that will offer attendees the ultimate convenience in choosing their sessions and viewing them either live, as they occur, or via a recording at a later date.

The coordinators are excited by the possibilities that this new format will provide and cannot wait to share more details as they are finalized!

Should you have any additional questions or comments, please email or call PEHSC at 717-795-0740

Please remember to follow the PA EMS Conference on Facebook or Instagram for all of the latest updates and announcements!

PACHC 2020 Annual Conference & Clinic Summit – Call for Proposals

PACHC is seeking presentation proposals for the 2020 Annual Conference & Clinical Summit.  The conference will take place on October 6 – 8 at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Last year, over 700 health center leaders, staff and partners attended the event which included 55 educational opportunities.  Learn more about the benefits of presenting at the Annual Conference & Clinical Summit.

Presentations should be in one of the following categories:

  • Medical, Dental or Behavioral Health
  • Quality, Transformation, and Risk Management
  • Administrative Policies and Practices
  • Outreach and Enrollment
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Billing
  • Legislative and Policy
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing and Communications

Submit today by completing the online call for presentations module by Friday, May 29.  Review these helpful tips and instructions for how to submit a presentation using the online module. PACHC also encourages you to view the topic suggestions submitted by health centers, however, your presentation is not required to focus on these topics.

For questions or additional information, please email the Events and Communications Manager, Amanda Tekely at or call her at (717) 761-6443, ext. 205.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers is Friday, May 29, 2020.

2020 Data User Conference Goes Virtual

In order to keep users and attendees safe and to stay in line with guidelines from the CDC and PA Department of Health, the 2020 Pennsylvania Data User Conference will be held virtually.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center worked with the U.S. Census Bureau to provide four sessions including a training on the Bureau’s new dissemination platform,, new privacy standards in the 2020 Census, the 2017 Economic Census, and the Redistricting Data Program.

Sessions will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on May 14. Due to limitations from the U.S. Census Bureau, attendance is capped at 90 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Click here to register today!

If you previously registered for the in-person conference, your existing registration will transfer to the virtual event. Please contact the Pennsylvania State Data Center if the date no longer works with your schedule.

Virtual Conferences – Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association has been committed to continuing to provide meaningful information and support virtually to all those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.  They are excited to offer three virtual LIVE professional conferences to be held in May covering a variety of topics with expert speakers covering the latest on research and most up to date information on providing the highest quality of care for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

Register online for one of the conferences and see attached the brochures for more information on each conference. Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association with any questions you may have.


SE Professional Conference Registration

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Questions: Barb Bingham, or 717.651.5020 x 1795.

Register by May 20, 2020,


SW Virtual Conference Registration

Thursday, May 28, 2020
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Questions: Sara Murphy, or 814.636.6391.

Register by May 20, 2020.


NE Virtual Conference Registration

Thursday, May 28, 2020
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions: Jessica Hill, or 717.651.5020 x 1787.

Register by May 22, 2020.

Join us October 15, 2020 for the Appalachian Health Leadership Forum

Investing in the Health of Appalachia

Whether you serve on the local subsidiary board of a health system, a board of a local health department, or the board of a community health center, critical access hospital or rural hospital, the Forum is for you. Health care and public health boards and leadership are beginning to work collaboratively with other sectors in their communities to address social determinants of health to create a culture of health and unleash economic prosperity in their communities. This is the next step beyond the “population” health work you are currently doing to improve the health outcomes of the patients you serve to focus on the health of your community which impacts the health of all who live in the communities you serve.

More information here

PA NEN 2020 Annual Conference

2020 Annual Conference Nutrition Education with Public Health Approaches: Building Strong & Healthy Communities.

 Click HERE to register.  As of today we have 116 registrants! Our Keynote Speakers will be:

Keynote Speaker – “Moving from What and Why to How: Recommendations for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health”: Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP, Chief, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Keynote Speaker – Collaboration Building – Frances Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd consultant at Coalition Work

Other topics include:

Social media ethics and strategy for food and nutrition professionals: Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE of Stefanski Nutrition Services and Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Content Writer for OnCourse Healthcare, a Relias Company

Field trip to Upper Merion Community Garden and Upper Merion Area Food Cupboard

MANNA’s medically tailored, home-delivered meals program and updates on their new research and nutrition institute

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Register for the Coronavirus Preparedness Summit!

Join us at the Coronavirus Preparedness Summit scheduled for June 17-19 in Washington, DC.

The 3-day event will bring together Public health Officials, Emergency Preparedness Leaders, Academia, Education, Business, Public and Private sector Partners.

Delegates will have access to coronavirus experts from around the world to address the issues of continued planning for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of human coronaviruses later this year.

CoV Summit present a clear, easy-to-remember overview of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The event includes an all-day hands-on workshop.

To view the agenda, please visit

To register, call me at (703) 466-0011, or download a registration form:

I look forward to speaking with you.  Thank You.


Summit Brochure


All the best,


Tricia Reyes

(703) 466-0011

CoVid-19 Team

Save the Date! 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit!

March 6, 2020

Let’s maximize the power of our allied communities!


2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

The Summit is a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression.

September 16, 2020: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

September 17, 2020: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey

2020 PA CAS SaveTheDate flyer

This event is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 1901PASCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.  Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.