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This 2-day event will include customized advocacy training, special guest speakers and your Wisconsin law makers! Sure to be the best WPHCA Advocacy Days yet! Don't Miss It!

2/18/2020 to 2/19/2020
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
1:00 PM
Where: Best Western Premier Park Hotel
22 S. Carroll Street
Madison, Wisconsin  53703
Contact: Carly Meyer

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WPHCA's 2020 Advocacy Days

Best Western Premier Park Inn

22 S. Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703

February 18-19, 2020



Best Western Premier Park Hotel

22 S Carroll St

Madison, WI 53703



Reserve your room today!

Call 608-285-8000 and tell them you are with the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association to receive the special room rate of $149.00. You can also book your room online here


Invoices will be sent after the event if you are paying by check.  If you would like to pay by credit card, please contact Lindsey Hess at 608-443-2945.



Early Bird Special October 30 - January 17 - $70/attendee

Early Bird Special Group Discount (4 or more attendees) October 30 - January 17 - $60/attendee

January 18 - February 7 - $80/attendee

January 18 - February 7 Group Discount (4 or more attendees) - $70/attendee


Cancellation Policy

Registered participants may substitute another participant at no charge up to the day of the conference. You will need to send an email to Lindsey Hess with the new participant name as soon as possible to coordinate meals and participant materials. Participants may cancel at no charge up to 7 days before the event begins. No refunds are available for cancellations 6 days or fewer before the event begins.


Special Accommodation
If a participant requires special accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Lindsey Hess at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (608-277-7477).



Who Should Attend

Anyone who has had contact with a Community Health Center in the State of Wisconsin and knows about the #CHCSuperPower (Members of the Advocacy Leaders Peer Learning Network, CHC advocates, CHC staff in any capacity of service, CHC board members, CHC patients)



  • Understand key policy issues and political landscape affecting Health Centers and your role as an Advocate
  • Strengthen relationships/networks among health Center staff and State Legislative offices
  • Gain strategic ideas and advocacy skills to apply at your Health Center



Tuesday, February 18th

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm | snacks provided

  • Welcome
  • Introductions (Who's in the Room)
  • Agenda Review
  • Icebreaker

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | snacks provided

  • W.I.G.O  (What is going on?): Join this session for a deep dive into state and federal policy issues impacting Community Health Centers. Ask WPHCA's External Relations Team questions about state and federal policy and legislative issues.
    • State Issues: Dental Therapy; Telehealth; State Grant; HOPE Grand; Medicaid 1115 Waiver
    • Federal Issues: ACA; CHC Federal Funding; Public Charge

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Workshop and Presentation on Communication for Advocates with Mia Croyle, Behavioral Health Project Specialist, MetaStar

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Legislative Panel: Hear directly from Wisconsin legislators on what moves them to action, what they are prioritizing for the remainder of the legislative session and their predictions for the next session.
    • Representative Rob Summerfield
    • Representative Mike Rohrkaste
    • Representative LaKeisha Myers
    • Senator Dale Kooyenga
    • Senator Patty Schactner

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Break

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • CHC Social, the Top of the Park | 22 S. Carroll St. (Madison, WI)


Wednesday, February 19th

8:00 am - 8:45 am

  • Networking breakfast

8:45 am - 9:45 am

  • The Inside Scoop: Advice from Advocates/Lobbyist throughout WI on how to message your ask to legislators
    • Panel:
      • Helen Marks Dicks | Associate State Director; AARP
      • Robert Gundermann | President & CEO; Coalition of WI Aging and Health Groups
      • Kathleen Voskuil | US Corporate Affairs; Pfizer

9:45 am - 10:00 am

  • Break

10:00 am - 11:00 am

  • The Political Environment Facing Health Centers & 2020 Election Predictions
    • Speaker: Tony Langenohl | Senior Vice President, Capitol Consultants, Inc

11:00 am - 11:45 am

  • Advocacy Tips & Traps Presentation
  • CHC Group Review


  • Assemble for Lunch

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

  • Working Lunch: eat lunch and prep for visits with CHC team, WPHCA staff will be circulating for help and to answer questions

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Walk to Capitol

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Legislative meetings at State Capitol

4:00 pm

  • Adjourn