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HCNW Fall 2019 Conference  |  November 8, 2019

Conference Presentations

Morning Keynote: Transformation & Transparency at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Featured Speakers:

  • Pat Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority
  • Robb Cowie, Communications Director for the Oregon Health Authority

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Two years ago, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was in turmoil. A series of crises over several years—from  the Cover Oregon debacle to a scathing Medicaid overpayment audit—had rocked the state agency, coinciding with sagging staff morale and the departure of the most recent director.

Enter OHA’s new director, Pat Allen, who had previously run the state agency that regulated health insurance companies. Allen came in with a new leadership team and a strong commitment to transparency. Since Pat’s arrival, the agency has revitalized its relationships with stakeholders, improved its standing with the legislature and re-energized staff morale.

Hear Director Allen and OHA communications director Robb Cowie talk about the vital role the values of trust and transparency play in communications, the ways OHA has incorporated these values into its communications and stakeholder outreach and lessons you can apply to transform or improve your own organization’s reputation.

Transforming internal communications at OHSU

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Too many emails, but not enough information. Duplicative messages with not enough relevance. Sound familiar? Learn how Oregon’s largest hospital and only academic health center took on some of the most stubborn challenges of internal communications and is delivering a personalize news experience to each employee. Earlier this year, OHSU launched a mobile-first platform employee communications and engagement platform, OHSU Now, to all employees. Rooted in giving the audience what they want – a hyper-relevant experience with content targeted to their role, location and department in one easy to use and search platform – OHSU moved from 10+ blogs to one central news platform. Hear more about the process to identify the solution, select a vendor and gain buy-in, and see the results six months after launch.

HCNW Annual Meeting

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HCNW is working to deliver more opportunities for healthcare communicators of all backgrounds and professional levels to learn, connect, and develop skills. Hear from HCNW’s Board about the organization’s efforts to expand professional development programming and services to better serve you!

Panel 2: Building Reputation Through Storytelling & Content Curation

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Today’s fragmented audiences can be more difficult to reach than ever! Not to mention effectively capturing audiences and persuading them over cluttered airwaves. Learn from expert storytellers and content curators on how to break through to reach and influence today’s audiences.

Crisis Communications & Reputation

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Why do great companies say and do the wrong thing in a crisis? Shannon Berg, APR, will share from her experience helping organizations manage and communicate in crisis and discuss foundational principles and best practices in crisis response. With real life examples and insights from two decades of crisis consulting, this presentation explores what’s behind the best and worst responses to crises that companies demonstrate and what you can do now to be ready.

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