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Annual Colloquium

Registration is Open

Registration is open for this year's Colloquium, with early bird discounts available through April 8, 2016. Click here for pricing details and to register through ABC Sign-Up. Hotel information is also available.

This year's theme, Advancing Health Care Value for All, expands our Triple Aim focus of the past few years to a more inclusive, outside-in approach to value, mindful that the health of all our patients and communities is the reason for the care we provide.

Pre-conference Workshop

Monday, May 9, 2016 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.Corey Martin ,MD
Turning Surviving Into Thriving

Allina Health's Corey Martin, MD, combines the principles of adaptive leadership and positive psychology, based on the work of Duke University's Bryan Sexton, to help you react more positively to the stresses you face every day. You’ll learn powerful, practical, and proven tools to use yourself and within your organization to develop the resilience needed to cope with burnout and succeed in this challenging environment. Designed for physicians and other health care professionals. The agenda will include:

Part I:   Big ideas of adaptive leadership
Part II:  Core concepts of tying adaptive leadership and resilience together to lead effectively
Part III: Tools and concepts around resilience, including three hands-on exercises

“Teaches us to be positive and look for the good...to take care of ourselves to be able to better take care of others.”

“Provided great overview of ‘new’ studies, information related to resilience and self-care. I don’t get enough chances…to read and love to get this information ‘fed’ to me. Awesome content!”

Corey Martin, MD brings 10 years of private family medicine practice to his current role as the Director of Medical Affairs for Buffalo Hospital. Dr. Martin obtained his undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and is a graduate of Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in Bismarck, North Dakota.

He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas Physician Leadership College and has since focused much of his work on the leadership development of physicians and health care workers. He currently spends much of his time on the Bounce Back Project for Buffalo Hospital, helping to address burnout in caregivers and educating them about ways to improve their resilience.

Keynote Speakers: Gary Cunningham, Tiffany Christensen

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 8:50 - 9:55 a.m.
Creating a New Narrative for Community Engagement in Health Care

What difference would it make if health care professionals were considered an integral part of the community? When we focus exclusively on our expert professional roles, we give up our roles as citizens and community members. We setup a power dynamic between the community and our patients that undermines our success in creating healthy communities. Using examples in and outside the field of health care, this keynote talk will explore a new paradigm to address racial inequalities in health care.

Gary L. Cunningham, a former leader of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, has been leading philanthropic, health care, public policy, and educational organizations for over 20 years. In 2014, he became president & CEO of Meda (Metropolitan Economic Development Association) in Minneapolis, whose vision is to produce thriving communities through equal economic participation.

Prior to joining Meda, Gary served as vice president and chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation, where he was responsible for carrying out its mission to help communities reduce poverty in an eight-state region of the United States. He also served as president and chief executive officer of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis, where he designed and successfully led a reinvention and renewal effort creating the largest and most successful community health and human service organization in Minnesota. Learn more about Gary.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 8:45 - 9:50 a.m.
Is Partnership Possible? A Hybrid Patient Perspective

The national focus on creating a patient-centered environment has brought with it many gifts, including best practices for engaging patients in their care and compassionate communication strategies. With these efforts also come challenges. Coming from the perspective of a patient and a patient advocate accustomed to addressing patient complaints, Christensen uses her personal story as a backdrop to outline the impact of burnout and the importance of practicing the Four Guiding Principles of Patient and Family Centered Care.

Tiffany Christensen is a nationally recognized public speaker and author of three books exploring advocacy, end-of-life planning and partnership strategies in health care. Currently she is a performance improvement specialist at the North Carolina Quality Center working on operationalizing patient and family engagement best practices across North Carolina. She approaches her work from the perspective of a life-long patient and a professional patient advocate.

Tiffany is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, a Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Instructor, an APPEAL certificate recipient, and the co-creator of her own workshop series for developing and advancing patient advisory councils. She is on the board of directors of the Beryl Institute working to improve the patient experience. Learn more about Tiffany.

Program, Venue and Continuing Education Credits

The 2016 Colloquium will be held May 9 - 11, 2016 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN. The preliminary program and CEU information will be available soon. Watch your email and this webpage for additional details as they become available. Please contact Lisa Carlson with any questions.


The Colloquium attracts nearly 400 people each year. Attendees include health care organization leaders; primary and specialty care physicians, nurses, and others; quality improvement managers; and others such as care managers, employers, and patients.