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Upcoming Conferences

July 2017

July 21–22

13th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference: On the Cutting Edge: Ethical Controversies in Pediatric Surgery
Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121
Join us for our 13th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference, where we will discuss ethical issues raised in the use of surgical interventions in children. Ethical issues involving children arise frequently in the surgical arena. While the core concepts of confidentiality, informed consent and respect for persons apply in the surgical realm, the application of these concepts in pediatric surgery can be challenging. Surgical innovation often occurs through trial and error, rather than within a clinical trial. This reality raises questions about whether some formal review process should be required prior to using an innovative technique. Solid organ transplantation raises questions about justice that rarely arise in other areas of medicine. Additionally, surgical practice involving children raises many other unique issues.
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August 2017

August 28

Great MINDS-ASD Autism Screening Training
6:00-7:30PM – Dinner will be provided!
Mares Building,  Confluence Health,  820 N Chelan Ave.  Wenatchee, WA 98801

Improve autism screening in practices which serve children, including those in medically underserved areas, in accordance with AAP policy statements and Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Improve provider understanding, utilization, and implementation of standardized autism screening tools.
  • Educate pediatric providers in proper documentation, coding, and billing of screening tools.
  • Improve provider awareness of local community resources for autism evaluation and intervention.
  • Understand the evolving systems and supports for primary care providers around autism screening and connection to services and supports.

You can better serve the children in your practice and become familiar with autism screening and the referral process by signing up for a Great MINDS AS3D training. Training conducted by an experienced physician includes:

  • Why use a screening tool?
  • How do I integrate use of a screening tool into my practice?
  • How do I bill for screening?
  • Results, resources, and referrals.

Who should attend? Anyone involved with caring for children, including family medicine physicians, pediatricians, naturopaths, PAs, ARNPs, RNs, other primary care providers, medical assistants, and support staff. More information

September 2017

September 13

2017 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference
Spokane Convention Center, Spokane, WA
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September 23

The 2017 Equity and Engagement Conference
Everett Community College,  Everett, WA
Sponsored by the WA State Family and Community Engagement Trust

Featuring Dr. Karen Mapp,  Harvard University Professor of Education, researcher, author and co-author of many publications and of the Dual Capacity-building Framework.  This conference is for educators, parents, community partners, students, funders and others working to improve children and family outcomes.  Registration information coming soon!

October 2017

October 5–8, 2017

3rd Annual Society for Pediatric Urgent Care Conference
This four-day meeting is designed to provide up-to-date practice management, clinical best practices and quality improvement for healthcare providers. The curriculum includes lectures, interactive workshops and opportunities to discuss issues with experts.
Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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October 16-18

WA State Public Health Association Conference: Communities Building a Healthier Washington
Wenatchee Convention Center, Wenatchee WA
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October 21-24

2017 Fall Primary Care Conference
Seattle, WA
Sponsored by Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
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October 26-28

41st Annual Washington Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA
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October 27

7th Annual Southwest WA Autism Conference- “Taking Action: Planning for Lifelong Success”
Centralia College
Sponsored by the Lewis County Autism Coalition, in cooperation with Centralia College
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November 2017

November 1

Connecting Communities: A Common Vision for Middle Childhood Health and Wellness Across Generations
Daybreak Start and Discovery Park, Seattle WA
Sponsored by WA Dept of Health, PAVE, Coordinated Care, Delta Dental and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Potential participants include: Educators, Social Workers, Community Leaders, Child Advocates, Physical and Mental Health Providers, Parents, Tribal representatives, and Public Health staff.
Contact Shanne Montague at

December 2017

Ongoing Calendars of Events

Listed below are calendars of training events for health care providers, families and others interested in children and youth, especially those with special needs in Washington State.

Clinician-Focused Listings

Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) Activities Calendar
Monthly calendar of events and trainings open to the public affiliated with the University of Washington’s CHDD in Seattle.

Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) Seminars
UW Center on Human Development & Disability, Conference Room 150
Core seminars are typically Mondays from 12:30-1:30 and are usually recorded for later access.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Continuing Medical Education

Multiple events including:

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • Nursing Grand Rounds
  • Outreach Conferences
  • Other upcoming CME events
  • and links to archived presentations and videos

UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Health- School of Medicine

  • Grand Rounds is a series of educational lectures open to the public given by department and invited faculty about the latest in psychiatry and behavioral health research and practices. Past Grand Round lectures can be viewed in our archive. If you would like to receive email notifications for upcoming lectures please email

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital- Spokane, WA
Physician Grand Rounds- presentations available on video as well. Children’s Hospital Grand Rounds are listed as part of Sacred Heart’s
CME offerings.

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital- Tacoma, WA

North Pacific Pediatric Society

Public Health Practice Training Finder Tool
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) out of the University of Washington releases a new Training Finder Tool that searches NWCPHP’s nearly 200 online courses, webinars, toolkits and guides, in-person trainings, as well as their Institute and Certificate programs.


For Clinicians AND Families

Informing Families, Building Trust
A partnership for communication on developmental disabilities. Partners include the WA State Developmental Disabilities Council and the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Washington Nonprofits
See Events and Training Page


Family-Focused Listings

Autism Society of Washington
Resource and Event Calendar, by region

Seattle Children’s Parenting Classes
Children’s offers free Autism lectures for parents and caregivers of children and youth on the autism spectrum. These classes are held at the hospital but videocast to community sites across the state as well as recorded for later viewing.

  • Autism 101: This lecture is designed to provide information and support to parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lecturers provide up-to-date and evidence-based information regarding the core deficits of ASD, the variability and presentation of behaviors associated with autism, prevalence and etiology, treatments available and resources for families. Offered quarterly.
  • Autism 200: This series of free 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes. Held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.

The ARC of Washington State
Many of the nine regional/county Arcs offer trainings and events.