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2022 Invaluable Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, and Community Health Worker Seminar

October 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

$100.00 – $3,000.00

Each year over 175 medical assistants (MA), dental assistants (DA), community health workers (CHW), and other clinical staff attend the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers’ Invaluable MA, DA, and CHW Seminar. Attendees represent a variety of healthcare settings including Community Health Centers, hospitals, tribal entities, and other primary care/oral health practices. The purpose of the event is to provide frontline healthcare workers and support staff with a variety of educational sessions and an opportunity to network with their peers across the state.  We also use this event as an opportunity to formally acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work of several individuals through our annual Invaluable Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, and Community Health Worker awards, along with our annual Special Populations Award. Click here to submit a nomination.

This will be a hybrid event. In-person attendance will be limited to 150. In-person participants will be asked to wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status unless actively eating or drinking. Virtual registration must be received by Friday, October 7th in order to receive hard-copy materials.

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8:00-9:00am Registration/Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors


Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:15-10:00am Opening Plenary: Self-Care
10:00-10:20am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:20-11:05am Breakout Breakout Breakout
Adolescent Champion Model


Mental Health First Aid 101



Placing Dental Sealants (In-person only)




Breakout Breakout Breakout
Medical Assistant Scope of Practice Updates


CHW Certification


Coronal Polishing (In-person only) 


12:00-12:45pm Lunch/Visit Exhibitors


12:45-1:30pm Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Breakout – Coronal Polishing Continued (In-person only)
1:30-1:50pm Presentation of Awards


Closing & Raffle Prizes


October 22, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
$100.00 – $3,000.00
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Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85040 United States
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Jessica Yanow
President& Chief Executive Officer, AACHC & CVN

Kat Bergman
Director of Human Resources

Patty Macias
Office Manager

Christopher Robinson
Executive Assistant

Da-Nell Pedersen
Director of Communications & Training

Lindsay Dietz
HCCN Project Director

Jamie Duncan
HCCN Project Coach

Jasman Shakya
HCCN BI Analyst

Deepti Vedala
HCCN Project Coach

Jennifer J. Burns
Senior Director of Government & Media Relations

Melinda Cobb
Consortium Manager, Rural Opioid Response

Dr. Robert Elk
Chief Medical Officer

Janelle Jones
Substance Use Disorder Program Manager

Leah Meyers
Director of Rural Women’s Health & Substance Use Disorder

Lisa Nieri
Chief Operations Officer

Emily Oake
Senior Director of Population Health

Lorraine Ramirez
Program Manager, Rural Women’s Health & Oral Health

Meryl Deles
Outreach & Enrollment Services Information Manager

Claudia Maldonado
Associate Director, Outreach & Enrollment Services

Angela Bryant
CAAHEC: Pathways Program Manager

Lourdes Montez
Workforce Development Manager

Mallika Peddada
CAAHEC: Outreach & Development Program Manager

Ana Roscetti
Director of Workforce

Ana Roscetti
Director of Workforce

Kate Luna
Quality Improvement Manager

Michelle Horne
Chief Business Development Officer

Kai McKinstry
CAAHEC Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Hernandez
Outreach & Enrollment Services Program Manager

Ebone Johnson
Senior Director of Grants, Contracts & Compliance

Frank Nagy
Director of Grants & Contracts

Brenda Hanserd
Chief Financial Officer

Cecilia Nguyen
Staff Accountant

Zepporah Fuller
HCCN Project Director