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2019 Annual Conference: "Health Care’s Role in Achieving Social Change”

The Medical Commission hosts an educational conference every year in place of a regular meeting. This conference serves as a time to educate commission members, practitioners, staff, and the public on emergent issues from subject matter experts. The conference is free and open to the public. We encourage all who are interested to attend.

2019 WMC Conference

Topic: Health Care’s Role in Achieving Social Change
When: Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5, 2019
Where: Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Cost: This conference is free and open to all. 
View Draft Agenda Here

Registration is Open! 

Registration for our 2019 conference "Health Care's Role in Achieving Social Change" is now open. Follow this link to register.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information

The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Federation of State Medical Boards certifies that non-physicians will receive a participation certificate stating that they participated in the live activity that was designated for 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


Lunch will be provided for those who register before September 9, 2019

Hotel Information 

We have arranged a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $189.00 per night plus tax. The discount will expire on September 11, 2019 or when the rooms have been filled. 
To make hotel reservations, you may:

  1. Call the hotel directly at 206-244-4800
  2. Visit the hotel’s website at

You will need to reference the group code MCEC

Schedule at a Glance


Friday, October 4th

Saturday, October 5th

7:30 AM

Registration Opens

Registration Opens

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

8:40 AM

Medical Treatment vs Social Determinants of Health: 
A False Dichotomy?

The Four Dimensions of Health Disparities

9:40 AM



9:50 AM

Disparities and Challenges in Practicing Medicine in
Underserved Areas.

Delivering Equitable Care in Your Medical Practice: Approaches That Help PCPs Address What Matters to Provide Whole Person Care.

10:50 AM



11:00 AM

The Clinician's Role in Preventing Death and Injuries from Firearms

Parental Hesitancy, Confidence, and Childhood Immunizations

12:00 PM

Break / Lunch Pick-up

Break / Lunch Pick-up

12:20 PM

Disparities and Challenges Facing Tribes:
How Clinicians Can Help Reduce Inequities

Policy, Ethical and Clinical Considerations Regarding Vaccines in Washington

1:20 PM



1:30 PM

What #Metoo and Trauma Informed Care Means for Clinicians and Healthcare Organizations

Serving the Underserved

2:30 PM



2:40 PM

Community Health Needs Assessments:
Partnerships are Key

The Role of Humor as a Coping Strategy and Tool to Help Facilitate Social Change

3:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks






































Past Educational Conference materials avalaible here