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WAAHP 2021

May 25-28

Connecting and Learning via Zoom 

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Advisor Member (any NAAHP region) ($60)
Non-Member Advisor Registration ($100) 


And Students - We have a Health Professions Fair for YOU too!

Thursday, May 27th (Just $5!) 

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We’re excited to kick off WAAHP ’21!

The official meeting program with session descriptions and links will be

sent to your registration email by Friday, May 21st.









Conference Schedule

Note all times are PST.

Tuesday May 25

10-11am           Board/Leadership Meeting (Closed Meeting) 

11am-12pm      Welcome to WAAHP ’21! 

12-1pm             Lunch Break

1-2:30pm          New Advisor Workshop

2:30-4pm          Experienced Advisor Workshop

4-5pm               Social 


Wednesday May 26

9:30-11am        WAAHP Regional Business Meeting

11am-12pm       Programming over Lunch 

12-4pm             Programming 

4-5pm               Social


Thursday May 27

11am-12pm       Programming 

12-1pm             Lunch Break

1-2:30pm          Health Professions Fair for Advisors

2:30-3pm          Break

3-4pm               Programming for Advisors 
2-2:30pm          Keynote address for Students

2:30-4pm          Health Professions Fair for Students

4:00-6pm          Programming for Students 


Friday May 28

11am-12pm      Programming
12-1pm            Lunch Break

1-4pm              Programming/Wrap-Up 


Tuesday, May 25 - Opening Keynote Speaker


Tracey S. McNamara, D.V.M., Diplomate, A.C.V.P.

Veterinary Pathologist and Professor of Pathology, 

Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, CA.  


Dr. McNamara specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and is best known for her work on the discovery of the West Nile virus in 1999. In 2004 she worked on DTRA’s “Integrated Biosurveillance for Zoonotic Threats” program in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. She served as lead on a project with Russian colleagues on the “Human-Animal Interface: Improving Biological Threat Detection and Surveillance in Russia” by the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Global Health and Biosecurity program in Wash. DC. Dr McNamara served as a consultant to the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee (NBAS) from 2008-2009 and continues to be actively involved in the development of the Nation’s biosurveillance strategy.. She recently gave a TEDxUCLA talk entitled “Canaries in the Coalmine” about continued gaps in biosurveillance for for emerging biological threats. Dr. McNamara is a founding member of the Global Health Security Alliance (GloHSA) working with German/US military, the United Nations, medical intelligence and security sectors. She chaired a panel on “Disease X” at the World Health Summit, Berlin, 2018. She helped organize a meeting at the Salzburg Global Seminar on One Health Metrics in November 2019 and is a Salzburg Fellow. She is actively involved in the One Health movement and advocates for a species neutral approach to the detection of pandemic threats. Most recently, she was asked to be a member of the “Red Dawn Breaking Team” on COVID-19, a group of experts advising the Asst Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the United States.



Meeting Programming Topics

  • Engaging and Encouraging (without Overwhelming) Freshmen Pre-Health Students

  • How to be a Health Role Model for your Pre-Health Students

  • MCAT Program Updates: Information to Help You Advise Students During COVID-19

  • "Black Students in White Coats": Building Strategic Partnerships to Increase Retention Efforts of African American Pre-Med Students

  • Pre-Health Boot Camp at WSU: A Focused-Learning Experience for Incoming Students & Opportunity for Data Collection

  • Effect of COVID-19 on Physician Assistant Admissions

  • Advising the Next Generation of Pre-PA Students

  • MD-PhD, is it right for your students?

  • From Competent to Connected: Developing Emotional Intelligence for the Healthcare Professions

  • How to Zoom Through your Virtual Presentation/Meetings/Interviews

  • Telling Your Story: Application Narratives

  • How to Engage Students in Meaningful Experiences to Foster Self Authorship

  • Pharmacy Education on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

  • Stress as a Healing Tool

  • The Fruits of Our Labor: Underrepresented Alumni Roundtable Discussion

  • How to evaluate, assess and advise students on virtual shadowing experiences

  • A collaborative pre-health program promoting a culturally sensitive and diverse healthcare workforce

  • Creating a community college public health degree program...and a degree enhancement opportunity for Post-bacc's

  • Pathologist Assistant: Another member of the inter-professional team

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Finding Solutions to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) topics in Health Professions Advising

  • Navigating Post Baccalaureate Programs With Students

  • Using the Canvas course platform for advising pre-health students


Friday, May 28 - Closing Keynote Speaker


Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSc

Chief Operating Officer of Health Services, AltaMed Health Services Corporation. 


In this role, he touches nearly every aspect of day-to-day care, and helps shape the AltaMed experience across the entire health care delivery system. Services under his purview include Primary Care and Dental Services (including 23 clinics), Behavioral Health Services, HIV Prevention & Care Services, Nursing, Operations Quality, Medical Management, and the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity (AIHE) and Medical Education.


Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Health Services at AltaMed, he served as Medical Director for the AltaMed Institute for Health Equity (AIHE) and Medical Education, leading health services and community-partnered research and training to advance health equity and medical education at AltaMed. Under Dr. Talamantes’ leadership, the Institute received Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funding, enabling a community partnership which informs AltaMed’s research priorities to advance health equity.


Dr. Talamantes is a primary care internal medicine physician and previously served as Associate Director for the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also co-directed the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce (CDHW), co-founded MiMentor.org, and leads initiatives throughout the country to enhance leadership and diversity in the health care workforce.


***Check Back For Additional Meeting and Programming Information.***

WAAHP 2021 Planning Team Members
(General email inquiry waahp2021@gmail.com


Charlie Scruggs (Charles.Scruggs@ucr.edu)

Meeting Chair

University of California, Riverside

Jessica Kongthong (jkongthong@ucsd.edu)

Assistant Meeting Chair

University of California, San Diego


Joanne Snapp (jsnapp@ucdavis.edu)

Contact for Sponsorship & Exhibits 

University of California, Davis

Jane Byrnes, Colorado College (WAAHP President)

Marie Dutton, University of San Francisco

Meghan Farrier-Nolan, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Denise Fuller, Utah Valley University (WAAHP Secretary/Treasurer) 

Hetty Ha, University of California, Irvine (WAAHP Member-at-Large)

Joon Kim, Keck Graduate Institute 

Michele Mouttapa, CSU - Fullerton 

Nadia Mei, University of California, San Diego  
Elba Munoz, Keck Graduate Institute 

Amber Nicholson, University of California, Riverside 

Carmen Rexach, Mt. San Antonio College

Eileen Tom, Orange Coast College (WAAHP Past-President)

Jenni Van Wyk, University of Oregon

Doug Watson, Utah Valley University (WAAHP President-Elect) 

Randy Zuniga, University of Southern California 

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