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RMEC 2017

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Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Benjamin Danielson, MD

When you think of a Physician whose mission is to work with, solve with, and heal with community Dr. Danielson, is the pioneering physician we at the University of Washington look up to. 
Dr. Danielson was appointed the clinical director of the Odessa Brown pediatric clinic in the central district in 1999, one of the most highly gentrified parts of Seattle, which is historically a red line district segregating Black communities. During the time of the Black Panther party, the Seattle chapter was located in the central district. This clinic was one of the numerous community projects established by the Black Panther Party, in conjunction with African American Female physicians to combat health disparities in communities of color. Odessa was founded upon a vision of quality medical care for low-income children in Seattle and King County. 
Dr. Ben Danielson's advocacy has even reached beyond this community to touch thousands of vulnerable individuals throughout King County. In 200, he helped found the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership, who's primary focus is to educate physicians on the factors impacting health outcomes outside of their examination rooms, and to link low-income patients with pro bono attorneys to combat legal issues leading to poor health in the communities. 
He is also a faculty member at the University of Washington, and is currently working on opening a large community based clinic in South Seattle to address the needs of an ever growing refugee/immigrant population, creating a demand for a more culturally centered approach to healthcare. 
He is involved in engaging students and motivating them to be successful regardless the obstacle. Showing us that true leadership in the field of medicine is uplifting the communities and addressing health care inequities together.

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Past Regional Conferences

RMEC 2016

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Calvin Wheeler, MD is the Institutional Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Medical Education for TPMG and serves on the Regional Governance Committee for Community Benefit as well as the Regional and National Diversity & Inclusion Councils.

He has served as the Physician-in-Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Fremont and the Greater Southern Alameda Area for the past 18 years. In that role he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Operations Management Group of The Permanente Medical Group.

Dr. Wheeler joined Kaiser Permanente in 1984 as a staff pediatrician and neurologist in Hayward and Walnut Creek. He has since moved on to various posts in both the Hayward and Fremont medical centers, including director of the EEG Lab; sub-chief, Pediatric Neurology, Hayward and Fremont; Regional Director of Pediatric Neurology: Assistant Physician-in-Charge, Fremont; and Assistant Physician-in-Chief, Fremont.
Dr. Wheeler attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR where he studied Pre-Med and Pre-Pharmacy. He then matriculated at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. After graduation, he obtained his California Pharmacy License and attended the University of California - Irvine College of Medicine. Completing medical school 6 months early, he did a 6 month American Hepatic Foundation Fellowship at the Kings College Hospital on the liver failure unit in London, England. He then did residency training in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. His residency was followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Boston City Hospital & the Boston University Combined Neurology Program, where he also served as a Clinical Instructor. He then completed a fellowship in Seizures / EEG and the Houston Merritt Fellowship in Cerebral Palsy at the Children's Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School, where he also served as a Clinical Instructor. After moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Wheeler became a Clinical Instructor at UCSF in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Neurology. His research interests have been in the area of antiepileptic medications and alternative epilepsy treatments.

Dr. Wheeler was a member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy League of the East Bay for several years. He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the Agency for Infant Development. He's participated in the annual Allen Temple Baptist Church Community Health Fair and other community health events and programs. He frequently speaks at the Kaiser Summer Youth Program, the KP Inroads Program and has participated in the Physicians Medical Forum, a doctors' pipeline program based in Oakland.

A founding member of the Kaiser Permanente African American Professionals Association (KPAAPA) in Northern California, Dr. Wheeler twice served as president of the association. He completed the KP Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1997. He completed the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Fellowship between 2003 and 2005. He serves on the Northern California Regional Diversity & Inclusion Council and the National Diversity & Inclusion Council, representing The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). He has served on the Board of Trustees of the California College of the Arts for 14 years, where he sits on the Committee on Trustees and the Academic Committee. In his new role he has begun serving on programs to improve our nation's health and our local communities' health.

Calvin enjoys reading, walking, running, tennis, skiing, traveling and spending time with his wife, Sarajane, with whom he co-owns an art gallery and design business.

RMEC 2015

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD

Executive Director, OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, OHSU
Chief Medical Director, Volunteers of America - Oregon

A native Oregonian, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia is a physician, scholar , educator and orator. Her thought leadership mobilizes our community to respond to critical social needs of the day. The newly appointed chief medical director for Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon, a local branch of the national organization that provides social services throughout the U.S., Dr. Moreland-Capuia is a rising star with a fierce commitment to compassionate and intelligent leadership. In addition to her role as chief medical director for VOA Oregon, Dr. Moreland-Capuia continues her tenure at OHSU as director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing and as an assistant professor of psychiatry.With deep roots in and a steadfast commitment to serve the community she comes from, Dr. Moreland­ Capuia holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist. Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards and is a former appointee to the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. An acclaimed leader and speaker, Dr. Moreland-Capuia lists her greatest accomplishment as that of being a wife and mother. Dr. Moreland-Capuia earned a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from George Washington University. After medical school, Dr. Moreland-Capuia returned to Portland, where she completed four years of training in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction medicine, both at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). At OHSU, Dr. Moreland-Capuia developed a national violence prevention program, Healing Hurt People (HHP) Portland.

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