Please join Community Care Network of Kansas for our 2021 Annual Conference. For the second year in a row, the conference will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID still presents many challenges — however, there is a sense of optimism that we are making progress in our fight against this devastating virus. With multiple effective vaccines available, and with tools such as masking, testing, social distancing, and contact tracing at our disposal, we look toward a brighter future where we emerge from the pandemic stronger and with greater resolve.
Our theme – Emerging Stronger Together – reflects this optimism. We know health centers and community-based clinics throughout the state carry the weight of COVID-related testing, treatment, and vaccination services on top of daily clinic operations. Capacities, resources, and personal mettle are tested every day. Resilient staff respond with professionalism, competence, and compassion. The mighty blow of coronavirus cannot knock this network down.
Four powerful days of sessions will feature national, state, and regional experts guiding attendees to higher levels of understanding related to comprehensive healthcare systems. There will be profound insights for providers, administrators, and support staff; tools to support resiliency and self-care; and thought-provoking discussions on ethics and equity in healthcare. Our conference is committed to professional development and personal growth. We will use this time together to explore the ways we
can and already are emerging stronger together as individuals, staffs, and clinics.
Community Care can’t wait to share this experience with all of you. We encourage clinics to take full advantage of the online platform and allow even more staff to attend. We are, after all, emerging stronger together. Please register today.
Best known as one of the country’s most admired Surgeons General and for his current role as a leader of Canyon Ranch, Dr. Carmona’s extensive leadership background in many disciplines includes medicine, law enforcement, the military, public health, higher education, emergency preparedness, and health care management. Within these fields, he has held positions ranging from sheriff and SWAT team leader, homicide detective to RN, trauma surgeon and university professor. He also brings an extraordinary life story of disadvantaged beginnings and an inspiring self-transformation from high school dropout to combat decorated Special Forces veteran. As a keynote speaker, Dr. Carmona takes all of these dimensions to the stage, capturing audiences with his high energy, contagious passion, and unwavering belief in the principle of selfless service.
An accomplished executive in the business of health and wellness, Dr. Carmona is currently Chief of Health Innovations for Canyon Ranch, America’s preeminent health and wellness brand. Dr. Carmona is a Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Professor of Surgery and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Carmona is also part of a team at the University of Arizona studying coronavirus trends. Still active in law enforcement, he continues his reign as one of the most highly decorated police officers in Arizona as Deputy Sheriff and Department Surgeon of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. He is a member of Fortune 500 boards, involved in launching several small companies, and continues to provide leadership and guidance to many government and private sector organizations. He is also the author of Canyon Ranch’s 30 Days to a Better Brain, a groundbreaking program for improving memory, concentration, and overall well-being.
A highly regarded speaker with a magnetic presence, Dr. Carmona has spoken to an array of audiences ranging from financial services to military, law enforcement, high tech, healthcare, universities, associations, and international groups. Dr. Carmona is recognized for making his presentations “one of the best hours the audience has spent.”
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades.
She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes–whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure.
Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.
Kim Butler Perry, DDS, MSCS, FACD, is an associate professor and Associate Vice President of University Strategic Partnerships, A.T. Still University (ATSU). She served as associate dean of clinical operations, ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health and dental director/vice president for Affinia Healthcare, the FQHC community partner. Dr. Perry served as the clinical dean at Meharry College of Dentistry and as an associate professor and course director at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She holds a master’s in Clinical and Translational Research with distinction from the University of Texas Southwestern; her research includes health disparities, untreated dental caries and community participatory research. She is a graduate of the UNC School Of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, a veteran of the US Army Dental Corps, a mentor to students, a contributor to the 2020 Surgeon General Report on Oral Health in the area of substance abuse, and the 93rd President of the National Dental Association. Dr. Perry was recently appointed to the federal Advisory Committee on Training and Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD).
Clinton Normore is the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at A.T. Still University. Clinton leads a university-wide diversity effort, encompassing ATSU’s six graduate health professions schools on campuses in Kirksville, Missouri, Mesa, Arizona, and Santa Maria, California and an online school of graduate health studies. This work also touches community health centers nationwide. He works with faculty, staff, students, deans and leadership at the University’s highest levels in support of ATSU’s mission of providing healthcare to the underserved and serving on many University committees. Mr. Normore was a National Institution on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) Scholar in 2015. He is a trained Civil Rights Investigator and is a certified Campus Security Authority (CSA). Since joining the ATSU community, Mr. Normore has been instrumental in developing a framework for diversity and a diversity strategic plan. Under his leadership, the University was the first Health Professions University to receive the coveted Higher Education in Excellence (HEED) Award in 2017 and consecutively the next three years. Since August 2014, he has been a faculty member of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Mr. Normore has also served as an Instructor in the Business Department of Phoenix College and is a Lead Consultant for Ben Harrison & Associates on its community policing initiative providing workshops for police departments in Arizona. He chairs the ATSU Advisory Council On Diversity (ACOD) and serves on many University level committees and task forces.
Mr. Normore speaks broadly (e.g., workshops, presentations, keynote speaker) for campus constituents, professional organizations, corporations and educational institutions. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has a rich history of community service. He currently chairs the Phi Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Community Oriented Policing Initiative Task Force. He is also a member of many professional organizations serving on the Scholarship Committee of the National Association of Minority Medical Educators (NAMME). Mr. Normore earned a master of business administration from Oklahoma City University, a bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in graduate health education.
He was a member of the 1988 University of Kansas national championship basketball team. Mr. Normore has served as a police officer, owned several businesses, taught and coached at every school level, culminating as an assistant women’s basketball coach for Oklahoma City University’s 2012 national championship team.
The 2021 Virtual Conference is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $964,778 with 84 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.1