On behalf of the New York University SOM, New York University Pre-Med, and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine APAMSA chapters, we are excited to invite you to attend APAMSAs 2019 National Conference. It will be held on October 4th-6th at the New York University School of Medicine! The goal of this conference is to connect pre-health and health students across the country in addressing and analyzing a variety of health topics both socioeconomically and culturally pertinent to the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community.
This year, the National Conferences theme is The Land of Opportunity: Breaking the Barriers in APIA Healthcare, which shines a spotlight on the evolving landscape of healthcare and how representation of APIA physicians in leadership positions play an important role in this change. Paralleling the glass ceiling in other fields, there also exists similar barriers in APIA leadership in various healthcare disciplines. Join us for our 3-day conference and experience how you can be the next generation of leaders that advocate for APIA health in your communities.
A special thanks to the amazing group of speakers and panelists that have taken the time to attend our conference. Hailing from multiple disciplines, it is a privilege to hear from these leaders as they share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom with us today. They will cover a wide variety of topics, all of which are relevant to APIA communities and patients across the nation. It is our hope that the information presented will help you engage patients in your future careers and practice the best medicine possible for our community.
Lastly, this conference is open to everyone! APAMSA is an inclusive organization, so we encourage anyone and everyone to attend. Whether you are a medical, public health, pharmacy, dental or pre-health student, an APAMSA member, a community member, etc. WELCOME!
We cant wait for you to join us and meet everyone this fall!
-2019 APAMSA National Conference Directors
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Imelda Dacones, MD | President and CEO, Northwest Permanente
As the President and CEO of Northwest Permanente Medical Group (NWP), Dr. Imelda Dacones leads more than 1,700 physicians, clinicians, and administrative staff at the largest independent, physician-led, multi-
specialty professional corporation in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This medical group serves the more than 600,000 members of Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Northwest region in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Dr. Dacones joined Kaiser Permanente in 1999 as a primary care physician in Internal Medicine and became a hospitalist full time in 2002. In 2011, after five years as the lead hospitalist for the West Service Area, she became the physician leader for the planning and opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore. She became the Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer of Westside Medical Center by the
time the facility opened in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Dacones transitioned into regional leadership as NWP’s Regional Chief Medical Officer and Director of Hospital Operations. In 2015 she was named CEO and President – the second woman to hold this position since the organization’s founding in
Dr. Dacones received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her internship and residency training. In 2012, she received the once-in-a-career Northwest Permanente Distinguished Physician Award. She also was named a Portland Monthly “Top Doc” for 2013, 2014 and 2016. Dr. Dacones currently sits on the board of The Foundation for Medical Excellence. She is also a foundation board member for the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, whose mission is to surmount social barriers to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to all community members of Washington and Yamhill Counties. This commitment stems from her passion to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality health care regardless of economic or residency status.
Dr. Dacones also is committed to innovation in medical education and nurturing the future generation of physicians. She sits on the Board of Directors for the inaugural KP School of Medicine, planned to open in a
few years in Pasadena, Calif.
For some of her written and opinion pieces, plus updates on Dr. Dacones’ most recent activities, you can
follow her on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/imelda-dacones/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/ImeldaDaconesMD).