About The Best Practices Forum

Community Health Best Practices, LLC exists today because of the collaborations and partnerships developed through the Best Practices Forum. For over a decade, the executive and clinical leaders of some of the nation’s leading community health centers have come together (at least annually) for purposes of sharing with each other their own health center’s “best practices” in areas such as:
 

  • Clinical quality improvement
  • Development and enhancement of human resources
  • Leadership excellence
  • Use of advanced metrics to improve health outcomes
  • Implementation and use of business intelligence software
  • Application of LEAN principles in community health care
  • Accountable care and payment reform
  • Health care facility management
  • Telehealth and Telepharmacy
  • Social media and health care marketing
  • Advanced concepts in implementation of patient centered medical homes

 
The first Best Practices Forum (February 2000) was organized by Robert Gomez, then the CEO of El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona.  El Rio hosted the first Best Practices Forum at Rio Rico Resort, Rio Rico, Arizona.  Participating Health Centers were: El Rio Community Health Center, Salud Family Health Centers (Jerry Brasher, CEO), Watts Health Foundation (David Ocepek, MD), West End Health Center, Pittsburg, PA (Wilford Payne, CEO), Samuel Rodgers CHC, Kansas City, MO, Ben Pettus CEO), Newark Community Health Centers, Newark, NJ (Robert Russell, CEO), Access Health Centers, Chicago, IL, (Michael Savage, CEO), Clinica Sierra Vista, Lamont CA (Steve Schilling, CEO), Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (Jim Stiles, CEO), Mariposa CHC, Nogales, AZ (Jim Welden, CEO), North East Medical Services, San Francisco, CA (Sophie Wong, CEO) and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (Carlos Olivares, CEO).

The Best Practices Forum

February 23-25, 2000
Rio Rico Resort
Rio Rico, Arizona
Hosted by El Rio Health Center

October 18-20, 2000
Hotel Edgewater
Seattle, WA
Hosted by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

February 28-March 2, 2001
Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Conference Center
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hosted by Salud Family Health Centers

October 4-5, 2001
Embassy Suites Downtown – Lake Front
Chicago, Illinois
Hosted by Access Community Health Center

February 21-22, 2002
Hyatt Regency Resort  & Casino, Lake Tahoe
Incline Village, NV
Hosted by California Community Health Centers

August 21-22, 2002
Taos, New Mexico
Hosted by Primary Health Care Services and Samuel Rogers Health Center

Millennium Broadway Hotel
Manhattan, New York, New York
Hosted by Sunset Park Family Health Center Network

October 15-16, 2003
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego, California
Hosted by Clinica Sierra Vista

June 22-25, 2004
Alyeska Resort
Girdwood, Alaska
Hosted by Yamima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Columbia Basin Health Association

June 1-3, 2005
Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
Breckenridge, Colorado
Hosted by Salud Family Health Centers

May 1-3, 2006
Villagio Inn & Spa
Yountville, California
Hosted by Famly Healthcare Network

November 6-8 2006
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona
Hosted by El Rio Community Health Center and Mariposa Community Health Center

June 12-14 2007
Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

April 22-25 2008
La Posada De Santa Fe Resort & Spa
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hosted by Presbyterian Medical Services

September 27-30 2008
Millennium Broadway Hotel
New York, New York
Hosted by Morris Heights Health Center and Lutheran Family Health Centers

July 15-18 2009
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Seattle, Washington
Hosted by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Columbia Basin Health Association

October 13-16 2010
Lowes Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Santa Monica, CA
Hosted by Watts Healthcare Corporation

July 28-30 2011
Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, CT
Hosted by Community health Center, Inc.

February 13-15 2012
Ihilani Resort and Spa
Waianae, Hawaii
Hosted by Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

October 2-5 2012
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Boulder, Colorado
Hosted By Salud Family Health Centers

April 16-19, 2013
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
Hosted by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

November 4-7, 2013
Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
San Francisco, California
Hosted by Open Door Community Health Centers & Family HealthCare Network

April 27-30, 2014
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Austin, Texas
Hosted by Lone Star Circle of Care
 

February 18-20, 2015
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
Tucson, Arizona
Hosted by El Rio Community Health Center & Mariposa Community Health Center
 

October 5-8, 2015
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Hosted by Presbyterian Medical Services & NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers
 

July 19-22, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia
Hosted by Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Columbia Basin Health Association

March 8-11, 2017
Four Seasons Resort
Ko'Olina, Oahu, Hawaii
Hosted by Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

 
February 7-10, 2018
Havana, Cuba

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