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Annual Conference 2020

Due to COVID-19 safety needs, the 2020 Annual conference was virtual. It happened online from 11am-1pm on August 19-21st.

Event Description

The Annual Conference is ORCHWA’s signature event addressing relevant policy and sustainability issues including: training, certification, employment opportunities, and more. Like all the work we do, this is specific to Community Health Workers (CHWs), but we welcome all who want to learn more about this work and help bring equity to healthcare systems. Available CEUs and specific trainings may apply to the needs of THWs as well.

5 CEUs will be available for attending the full conference, one per session.

When & Where

Online, August 19-21, 2020

Attendance is free for everyone this year, but you must register to participate.

Schedule of Sessions now available!

Our 2020 keynote speaker is  Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty

Jo Ann is currently a Portland City Commissioner, having taken office on the Portland City Council in January 2019. She oversees Portland Fire & Rescue, Bureau of Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Communications, Fire & Police Disability and Retirement Fund, and is committed to building a livable and sustainable city with and for all Portlanders with transparency, accountability and opportunity.

She previously served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1995 until 2001 and is the first African American woman to serve on Portland's city council. She served in the United States Navy, and was elected to the Oregon House in 1994, holding office until 2001. She later served as executive director of Oregon Action, and became president of the Portland chapter of the NAACP in January 2015.

In 2007 Hardesty began hosting "Voices from the Edge," a progressive talk radio program on KBOO, a community radio station in Portland. The call-in show addresses racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice and politics on local, state and national levels.

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