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2023 - 20th Annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference

“Bringing Patient Safety To Life”
What’s worked, what hasn’t, and what to do about it.

October 17th & 18th, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Conference Registration Coming In June!


We are pleased to invite interested speakers to submit proposals for presentations at our 20th annual patient safety conference. This year’s conference continues our regional collaboration between Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Speaker application forms are available here: On-line or Word version.


Venue: Virtual
Conference Dates/times (Pacific):
October 17th & 18th – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Speaker Application Deadline
: June 30, 2023


  • Plenary Speakers will present virtual 60 – 90-minute general sessions with Q&A.
  • Breakout Speakers will host virtual 60 – minute sessions with opportunities for greater audience engagement.

We welcome presentations on what’s working! Previous attendees asked to hear about what’s going well, innovations to spread, practices to amplify and causes to support. We encourage proposals from across the care spectrum and strongly encourage patients and family members to submit proposals about their experiences. Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient and Family Engagement: Novel and successful ways to partner with patients, families and care partners in all aspects of care design, delivery, and operations.
  • Safety Within Systems: How should safety and quality be structured within organizations to survive organizational factors like leadership change, staff turnover, mergers and acquisitions, and external disturbances from societal events and climate change?
  • Innovative and Equitable Patient Safety Practices: New methods, approaches and ideas to improve patient safety and equitable care with regards to race, ethnicity, and social determinants.
  • Technology: Applications of artificial intelligence. What is its impact on safety?
  • Collaboration on a Community Level: Collaborating with communities and each other to improve patient safety beyond the four walls of our healthcare institutions.


Click below to apply using the on-line form or download an application in Word.

  • Please submit an application to present.
  • You will be notified of the application status by or before July 31, 2023.
  • Applications are reviewed by the conference planning committee. Presentations may be accepted before the June 30 deadline.
  • The conference registration fee will be waived, and an honorarium may be available for accepted proposals.
  • Each speaker whose proposal is accepted will sign and return a Letter of Agreement which specifies the timeline, responsibilities, and deliverables. If a speaker does not meet the conditions specified in the Letter, the conference organizers may rescind the invitation to speak.

500-600 attendees represent healthcare stakeholders including:

  • Patient safety practitioners, risk managers, quality leaders, and healthcare executives.
  • Clinical program leaders and frontline clinicians from across the spectrum of care.
  • Claims representatives and insurance professionals.
  • Patient advocates and patient experience officers, patient and family advisory council members.
  • Graduate and undergraduate health professions students.
  • Interested patients, family members of patients, and community members.

About the Northwest Patient Safety Conference
Now in its 20th year, the Northwest Patient Safety Conference is the only event of its kind in the Western US, uniting healthcare professionals, providers, patients, families, and caregivers from all care settings for networking and engaging in sessions with industry thought leaders invested in improving the patient experience. This year’s conference is our second virtual conference, and our second year in collaboration between the Washington Patient Safety Coalition, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, and the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council.

Members of the conference committee who are putting on this fantastic conference

Jonathan Stewart – Chair               Jamie Leviton
Amelina Kassa                               Jeff Goldenberg
Andrea Wnuk                                 Karen Brigham
Anita Sulaiman                               Naomi Kirtner
David Birnbaum                             Rex Johnson
Farinaz Havaei                              Rhonda Bowen
Jackie Valentine                            Valerie Harmon

About the Washington Patient Safety Coalition
The Washington Patient Safety Coalition brings together a diverse group of participants to focus on achieving common patient safety goals. Our mission is to improve safety for patients receiving health care in Washington, in all care settings, with a vision of safe care for every patient, every time, everywhere. The WPSC is a program of the Foundation for Health Care Quality, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a trusted, independent, third-party resource to all participants in the health care community – including patients, providers, payers, employers, government agencies, and public health professionals.

This year’s conference is presented in collaboration with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission and the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council.

Conference Format: Virtual, you will receive a secure link to the conference presentations.

Dates and times: October 17 & 18, 2023

Total presentations: 12


  • Healthcare professionals and anyone seeking continuing educational credits, $75
  • Patients, their families, and students, Free
  • Discounts are offered for registrants with CPPS, CPHQ and BCPA certifications.

Payments accepted: all major credit cards via PayPal.

Last day to register: October 16, 2023

Will the conference presentations be recorded? Yes. Registration is required to view recordings.

Is the conference open to anyone? Yes.

Continuing educational credits: Attendees are eligible for CNE, CPHQ, CPPS and BCPA educational credits. These may be acquired by attending the live sessions or watching the recorded sessions through October 31, 2024.

*Recorded educational credit availability is determined by the accrediting organization. Attendees will request CE credits via a conference survey following the conference or via a form on the recorded conference website. PLEASE NOTE THE CREDIT AMOUNTS MAY CHANGE IF THE AGENDA CHANGES.

Registration questions? Contact or call Steve Levy, Executive Director, 206-204-7383.

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We are pleased to invite interested sponsors to support our 20th annual conference. As a sponsor you are helping to subsidize the cost of the conference to healthcare staff and provide free attendance to patients, families, and students.


Details of package benefits are described in the application.

  • Platinum Sponsor – $10,000 (1 available)
  • Gold Sponsor(s) – $7,500 (3 available)
  • Silver Sponsor(s) – $5,000
  • Bronze Sponsor(s) – $2,500
  • Supporter(s) of Patient Safety – $1,500

All sponsors will be recognized on the Washington Patient Safety Coalition website and marketing materials with sponsor logos linking to a webpage of your choice.

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors have access to a dedicated page on the conference website which can include images, videos, links, etc.


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On the day of the conference, click on the button to enter the event portal. To gain access, you will be required to enter your attendee confirmation code that you can find at the bottom of your registration confirmation email. If you have any trouble getting in, please contact Steve Levy at 206-204-7383 or Amelina Kassa at 206-204-8384.