September 7-10, 2022

San Diego, CA




Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 1:00 PM PDT
Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM PDT

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The Westgate Hotel in San Diego, California
1055 2nd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

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Nancy Schneider
California Medical Association Alliance


Dr. Gerald Harmon, President 2021-2022 American Medical Association

(Recorded Address)

Dr. Harmon is a family medicine specialist and the 176th president of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association.  Dr. Harmon serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina’s medical schools and is a member of the clinical faculty for the Tidelands Health Family Medicine residency program.  

Before his retirement from the military as a major general, Dr. Harmon served the nation in the Air Force Reserve, on Active Duty, and in the Air National Guard.  


Chuck E. Day, President & CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

San Diego's Ronald McDonald House provides a "home away from home" for families with children in crisis.  Chuck assumed leadership in December 2010.  He has a wealth of experience in non-profit fundraising, development, and leadership.


Nancy L. Sasaki, CEO & President United Way of San Diego County

Nancy is an experienced transformational leader and manager committed to affecting change for marginalized populations. She excels at stakeholder engagement, fostering collaborative efforts with organizations, community leaders, staff, donors and volunteers.


Tanya W. Spirtos, MD, Speaker of California Medical Association's House of Delegates

Speaker of the California Medical Association’s(CMA) House of Delegates, is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Redwood City, Calif.  

Dr. Spirtos has been a member of the CMA and AMA since 1985, and is amember of both the San Mateo County Medical Society and Santa ClaraCounty Medical Association—the latter of which she served as presidentfrom 2005-06. She was elected to the CMA Board of Trustees in 2009 andcontinues to serve on the CMA delegation to the AMA.


Barkley Payne, Executive Director American Medical Association Foundation

Barkley has extensive experience in healthcare philanthropy given his leadership roles at several national association foundations. He joined the AMA’s senior management team in 2014. 


Emily Young, Executive Director The Nonprofit Institute- University of San Diego

Dr. Emily Young is the Executive Director for The Nonprofit Institute in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. She has spent over 20 years in various positions in philanthropy, as well as higher education.  Dr. Young will speak on Key Partners for Community Health & Well Being. 


Debbi Ricks, Historian      American Medical Association Alliance

Debbi, a professional harpist and educator holds degrees in Harp Performance and Music Education. She has spent 40+ years volunteering with Medical Alliances at the local, state and national levels as county and state president and AMAA Director. Her focus remains support for medical families. Debbi became the first AMAA Social Media Manager, creating communication channels and networking opportunities for physician family members throughout the nation.

Currently, as the AMA Alliance’s Historian, Debbi fulfills her passion documenting the history of the AMAA. She has spent part of the last ten years collecting information on AMAA’s history and will be sharing the story with you.


Jacqueline L. Nguyen, Esq. President 2022-2023, American Medical Association Alliance

Jacqueline is a philanthropist and community leader dedicated to advancing the priorities of organized medicine and the physician family.  Her extensive service on non-profit, medical school and community coalition boards has made impactful servant leadership a priority in her life. 

While celebrating its Centennial Celebration in 2022, the AMA Alliance is now poised to build a foundation for the next 100 years.  Jacqueline is excited to share the AMA Alliance's vision of the opportunities for collaboration between all our Alliance organizations and members to achieve growth and success.    


Ana Melgoza, VP External Affairs   San Ysidro Health


Ana is Vice President of External Affairs for San Ysidro Health (SYHealth).  Ms. Melgoza  is committed to SYHealth’s mission of improving the health and well-being of the communities  served with access for all.  Ms. Melgoza oversees government relations/advocacy, public/private/non-profit partnerships, private fund development, outreach, social media, media relations and corporate communications.


Dr. Akilah Weber, California Assembly Member  District 79

Dr. Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and she is the founder and past director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Weber represents California's 79th Assembly District.


Kelly McKay, Diversion Outreach Coordinator, Drug Enforcement Administration

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Kelly McKay is the Diversion Outreach Coordinator for the DEA’s San Diego Field Division.  After years of working in the San Diego biotech industry she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. Upon graduation, she worked for a San Diego based community health coalition as a Prevention Specialist. She has presented drug prevention information to over 10,000 students and worked on numerous policy issues in San Diego. She is passionate about keeping the community informed and safe.


Dr. Steve Hansen, Consortium on Climate and Health

Dr. Steve Hansen is a long-time advocate for the power of professional organizations to effect change in laws, attitudes and cartels that are detrimental to population health and global habitability.

He works with the Multi-specialty Consortium on Climate and Health which includes membership of 500,000 medical professionals and their organizations.  He was named their National Champion for Climate and Health in 2019l  He will moderate an open-format session on the rapidly mounting threats to human health from global over-heating with ideas for mitigation, adaptation and activation.

Join Us For An Unforgettable Meeting Focusing On

Connection & Collaboration!

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Meeting Registration NOW OPEN

Early Bird Registration:  Now - July 15, 2022-  $199

Regular Registration:  July 16 - August 21, 2022-  $225

Late Registration:  August 22 - August 25, 2022-  $275

Registration Closes:  August 25, 2022- midnight

*This conference is open to Alliance Members and Alliance Eligible Members only.  Non-Alliance Eligible Members may attend the luncheon with Dr. Gerald Harmon for the $110 Friday day rate.  


Bienvenue to San Diego's most elegant hotel landmark, where French elegance and warm San Diego friendliness set the scene for treasured memories and unique experiences.  

Welcome to your home away from home, a uniquely palatial sanctuary on the edge of San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Designed to meet the highest standards of European hospitality, each of our generously sized rooms bask in floor-to-ceiling views of downtown San Diego and beyond. Luxe décor and all the character-filled charm that comes from a respected heritage awaits. Indulge, savor and relax in the comfort of your expansive abode.

 Hotel Room Rate $189/night! *

*Book through this link and $20 access/resort fee waived.  Guest also receive a 10% discount at the hotel spa.

Book Your Hotel Room HERE

Phone Reservatons:  If you prefer to phone in your reservation, you may call the Reservation Center at 619-557-3628 or 800-522-1564.  The name of the group is listed as "Western States Group Conference."

Cancellation and Non-Meeting Room Penalty:  We have worked so hard to secure an outstanding price for your hotel rooms for this conference.  Due to our room block commitment, Meeting Attendees staying at another Property will be assessed a $100 surcharge, which will be added to their conference registration fee.  Thank you for your understanding in helping us provide the best conference experience for all.  Conference Registration will be non-refundable after August 26th, 2022.  Any conference registration cancellations prior to that date will be on a pro-rated refund basis.  For further questions, contact the Conference Chair.

 Tentative Schedule:

Choose among several dining event options during Registration!


Wednesday (Sept. 7);  5:00 PM- VomFass.  Wine, spirits and olive oil tasting on Coronado Island

Thursday (Sept. 8):  4:00 PM- Trinitas Cellars Wine Tasting

Thursday (Sept. 8):  6:00 PM- Dinner at Filippi's

Thursday (Sept. 8):  8:30 PM- Dessert- Location TBA

Friday (Sept. 9): 6:30 PM- Cafe Cayote in Old Town Dinner

Saturday (Sept. 10):  11:30 AM- No Host Brunch

* High Tea at the Westgate:  Thur-Sun starting at 2:30 PM

 STOP THE BLEED Certification 

The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED® program has prepared over 2.1 million people worldwide on how to stop bleeding in a severely injured person. 

While more than 1.9 million people have now been trained to STOP THE BLEED®, that’s just a start. Our goal is to train 200 million. Why? Because the purpose of the STOP THE BLEED® campaign is to make our nation more resilient by better preparing the public to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding. This preparation is being done by raising awareness and teaching people how to learn three quick actions to control serious bleeding.



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Thank You Western States Regional Meeting Committee

Thank you to the Western States committee for their hard work, flexibiity, support and constant positivity. The committee is comprised of volunteers from the Western States.  These volunteers are the BEST!

Beth Irish (OR), Sheridan Sheffield (UT), Raelene Blocker (UT), Kathleen Alder (UT), Eileen Edgcomb (NV), Monica Brandl (NV), Jacqueline Nguyen (NV), Karen Schroeder (NV), Debbi Ricks (CA), Judy Corless (CA), Barbara Sperling (CA), Mindie Factor (AZ)

 I can not express my thanks to you all enough.

Nancy Schneider (CA)