Community Care Network of Kansas

2020 Annual

September 21st-24th

Please join Community Care Network of Kansas for our 2020 Annual Conference. While virtual this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the speakers, programs and training we have assembled for you are stronger than ever. Our theme – Health. Equity. Justice. the Foundation of Community Clinics – harkens back to the origins of the health center movement in the midst of the Civil Rights movement.

Today, a renewed push for equality and social justice in all that we do underscores the necessity for such a foundational focus. And because the four powerful days of sessions will be online, there is an opportunity for your clinic to have more staff attend. We encourage you to share these transformative days as a team.

This year’s annual conference will feature national, state, and regional experts guiding attendees to higher levels of understanding in areas of primary, dental, and behavioral health care. There will be keen insights for support staff, team-building that matters, and thought-provoking discussions on racial disparities and social injustice that have been laid bare in Kansas and throughout the nation by the pandemic.

Our conference is not limited to professional development, but personal growth as well. Health equity mirrors the societal standards of justice – and we have a long way to go. We will use this time together to recommit to mission, to explore the various paths in front of us, and to share the journey together.

Such a unique time in history requires a unique conference. Community Care can’t wait to share this experience with all of you. Please register today.

Member Alert!
This year’s virtual format and group pricing allows clinics to “bring” more staff to the Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Denise Cyzman

Keynote Speakers

Linda Villarosa

Linda is an award-winning and acclaimed journalist, author, editor, novelist and educator. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, covering race, inequality and health. For several years, she edited the health pages for the New York Times, working on health coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She was also the executive editor of Essence Magazine. She is the author or co-author of three books and currently is writing Under the Skin: Race, Inequality and the Health of a Nation, for Doubleday. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. Linda resides in Brooklyn.

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel is a nationally recognized healthcare leader, attorney, policy expert, administrator and author who has been at the forefront of recent major federal healthcare policy negotiations in the United States. His work focuses on health reform, health equity, mental/behavioral health, social determinants of health, poverty and health system transformation. Daniel is the author of two groundbreaking books: 150 Years of Obamacare and The Political Determinants of Health. He is a professor of health law and policy, the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Executive Director of Health Policy, and Associate Lead for Government Relations at Morehouse School of Medicine. Daniel works to advance health equity among under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Dr. Bobby Russell, DDS, MPH

Dr. Bobby Russell serves as the Public Health Dental Director for the State of Iowa, Department of Public Health. He joined the organization in 2005. Bobby earned a B.S. degree from Grand Valley State University in 1981, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola University of Chicago in 1988, MPH in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2002, Certification in Public Management CPM in 2017 and MPA in Public Administration, in 2019. Bobby resides in Des Moines where he also serves on the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Region VII Head Start Association, the Board of Directors of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the Iowa Hawk-I Advisory Committee, the Free Clinics of Iowa Advisory Committee, and the Lifelong Smiles Dental Coalition.

Dr. Ruben West, PHD

Dr. Ruben West is truly a one-of-a-kind in the speaking and training industry. What sets him apart is not just his unique abilities to motivate, transform and inspire on the stage, but rather the vast and varied experiences and successes he achieved prior to taking the stage. The Topeka native is a decorated combat veteran, inventor, U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee and author who also helped to start the surgical assistant profession in Kansas. Ruben’s motivational speaking around the globe have earned him the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama, the Girma Wolde Giorgis (former president of Ethiopia) Presidential Award for being a Human Conservationist, the Sydney Allicock (vice president of Guyana) Global Humanitarian Award, and he was recognized as the United States Civility Icon of the Year by iChange Nations™ at the World Civility Day celebration in Gary, Indiana. Ruben received his PhD and Masters in Positive Neuro Psychology from The American Graduate University of Positive Psychology, his PhD from United Graduate College and Seminary in Bialogue and he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Washburn University.


Organizational & Associate Members per organization
  • 1 - 4 participants $450
  • 5-8 Participants $750
  • 9+ Participants $900
Friend Members per organization
  • 1 - 4 participants $600
  • 5-8 Participants $1050
  • 9+ Participants $1,170
Non Members
  • Per Participant $300

You are encouraged to register all staff to attend the virtual conference.
Please register as an organization; if you need assistance please email Kari Parker, Resource and training Specialist.


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Community Care Network of Kansas thanks the Sunflower Foundation for their support of the annual conference.

Annual Conference

September 21st-24th


The 2020 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.