PNA WI recently hosted a Fall Educational Conference themed, “ Primary Healthcare Setting: Pathways toward the Future” on October 12, 2013 from 7 am to 12 noon at Froedtert Hospital. It was a successful half day event at the Dean Roe Auditorium and credits go to Marilyn Mallari, chair of the education committee. Each attendee paid $20 which included continental breakfast, snacks, certificate of attendance and 4.9 contact hours at the conclusion of program.
The first topic was on Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: Emergency Department Care Coordination Initiative. This program has worked to decrease avoidable ED visits and related hospitalizations for the uninsured and underinsured by care coordination with health care providers, government agencies and community organizations and created a common ED to Medical Home process. The speakers were Margret Hafner, project coordinator for the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership and Katy Reisig, client service executive with MyhealthDIRECT. Rev. Deidre Walton, JD,MSN,RN/PHN, currently President and CEO of the National Black Nurses Association and from Scottsdale, Arizona shared her expertise on, “ The Future of Nursing: The Diversity Agenda”. After a short break, Jennifer J. Lang, MSW, CAPSW of Froedtert Hospital enlightened us on the “ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or better known as Obamacare. And Ms. Delilah Dijamco, MBA discussed on “ Financial Challenges that Matter Most”.
The Annual General Assembly and Membership Drive followed in the afternoon. Annual reports from all committees were presented as well as the annual financial report. Proposed changes to bylaws were acted upon. Nominations for 2014-2016 Board members were presented. Cecile Saraspe, winner of the annual educational grant was also awarded . Nominations for Reward and Recognition due to be announced on december were opened to the assembly. It was also announced that PNA WI will again be hosting a Simbang Gabi on Dec.21.