Health Professions Conference

 FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

This is an annual, adult-type conference for high school and adult education students in health pathway programs.  Students will come from across San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as the Pomona Valley, to be exposed to higher education setting and professionals in the healthcare field. The students are provided tools and resources to successfully complete and begin a career in the health care field. The theme of the conference is Plan Now, Live Well, and Serve Here, which reflects our mission to grow, educate and train our future Inland Empire workforce. 

Getting Ready

The Health Professions Conference is just weeks away! We want you and your students to be prepared to get the most out of the unique experience. Below are your next steps. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be added soon.

Permissions: Your school district will consider this a school field trip or off-site excursion.  This means you must obtain all permission slips and liability forms in accordance with your district's regulations. IHPC does not require liability coverage above what your district provides.  We will require a copy of the student's permission slip as well as a photo release form for each student present. If your district does not have a photo release form, you may use Reach Out's form. These must be signed by a parent or guardian unless the student is a legal adult. This form allows us to use photographs taken by our staff during the conference for use by Reach Out/IHPC in future publications or marketing.


Transportation: You are responsible for providing district-sanctioned transportation for your students to the conference. Off-site parking will be provided for school buses. Buses will be directed to a remote parking lot after they have dropped off the students. There will be a bus greeter who will indicated when students may disembark and provide your driver the map to the remote parking lot. 

Dress Code: This is an adult-type conference intended to help prepare students for success! Students are asked to "dress for success" by wearing either their full scrub uniform or professional clothing. Please no cut-offs, jeans, torn clothing, mini-skirts, shorts, or questionable graphics. Young men are asked to wear slacks/khakis with a polo or button down shirt. Young ladies should wear slacks/khakis, skirt, or dress. If in doubt,  school uniforms are fine.


When your bus arrives at the conference:

  1. A bus attendant will welcome your bus - please wait until you have been given the signal to disembark. The attendant will provide the driver with a map to the remote parking lot. Buses are not allowed to park on-site. 
  2. Gather your students on the lawn/terrace area outside of the building with a chaperone - do not proceed inside!
  3. Please have the main teacher/contact come inside the building to the check in desk. We will take the copies of your forms, and provide your with your school’s name badges and certificates.
  4. Once the students have put on their name badges, they may proceed inside to the main amphitheater for opening session.
  5. That’s it! We’ve made it as easy as possible.

Bring the following to the Check In desk at the conference:

Please have the main teacher come inside the building to the check in desk.

We will ask you for copies of your forms:

  • Copies of all student permission slips
  • Copies of all student liability waivers (if not already part of your district’s permission slip)
  • Copies of all student photo release form (if your district doesn’t provide these, please use ours attached).

We will give you:

  • Student name badges
  • Student certificates of attendance
  • Student *trading cards (behind name badge) so that students can see what workshops they have been assigned. See workshop trading cards below. 

Once the students have put on their name badges, they may proceed inside to the main amphitheaters (entrances on the main level and 2nd floor) for opening session. Upon entry into the ampitheaters, conference staff will hand them a commemorative conference back pack! What's inside: Conference program and workshop schedule, cool promotional items, water, snacks). 

That’s it! We’ve made it as easy as possible.

The Venue


Loma Linda University is located in Loma Linda, CA. From the 10 Freeway, exit Anderson/Tippecanoe and go south. You will pass Loma Linda Academy and Loma Linda Elementary School. Immediately after the train overpass, make a right onto Stewart Street (the Centennial Complex will be on the right hand side). At the next stop sign, make a right onto Campus Street and another right into the parking lot for the complex. Bus parking will be off-site and private vehicles may park onsite. 

Centennial Complex at LLU

This multi-functional building was designed to accommodate future growth in enrollment, facilitate innovation/new technologies, and serve students across all eight of the University’s schools as they prepare for global outreach. Equipped with "smart" classrooms and teaching theaters, students can access learning and educational materials from any where in the world. 

The Address:

Loma Linda University, Centennial Complex

24760 Stewart Street

Loma Linda, CA 92354


During the Conference

We have great day planned! There are two keynote sessions and 38 workshops! Here is the schedule of workshops (subject to last minute changes). A copy of the workshop schedule will be included with the program in each student's back pack. 

*Workshop trading cards: Students will find workshop trading cards behind their name badge. These are the sessions they have been pre-assigned to attend. We have strived, this year, to ensure that each student is able to attend at least one session in his or hers area of interest. However they may "trade" workshops with other students. Please feel free to download the trading card instructions here. We have also included the instructions on how to enter to win a door prize. 

Chaperoning students: You are expected to keep on eye on your students! Loma Linda University is a big place, and although the Centennial building is somewhat isolated from the rest of the campus, we do expect teachers and chaperones to actively look out for wandering students - especially during the lunch and vendor fair exhibit hour. All but one of the workshops is being held in the Centennial building. Only the special dentistry session (a combined 1st and 2nd hour session indicated by a purple trading card) will take place in the School of Dentistry. 

Teacher Rooms: LLU has arranged several areas just for you! There will be continental-style breakfast in room #3228 and resource materials in room #3224. There you will find free classroom posters, a brand new resource guide, brochures and more. Please be sure to stop by and pick up materials. 

Lunch and Exhibit Hour: A sack lunch will be provided outside immediately following the 2nd hour break out session. Students should immediately proceed outside (the same area they waited in when they arrived) and line up according to their sandwich choice: Egg salad, Avocado & Provolone, or Soy Chicken Salad. They are free to eat on the lawn or terrace as well as in the lobbies. Our conference exhibitors will be available during lunch and will have booths on both lobby levels. Students are encouraged to visit a minimum of 5 vendors and have their vendor cards stamped for a chance to enter the drawings at the end of the conferece.  

Meet Our EmCees

Melissa Avalos from Chino Hills HS

Melissa Avalos from Chino Hills HS

Melissa Avalos is thrilled to be one of this year’s Masters Of Ceremonies. She loves to explore the medical field and challenge herself with opportunities. Her interest in the medical field began when she realized her passion for helping others. Melissa Avalos aided her interest by joining the Health Science Academy at Chino Hills High School. She has previously interned at Priceless Pets over a summer, spurring on her interest in the healthcare. Melissa's goal is to become a critical care nurse.  

Ressa Moss from Rancho Cucamonga HS

Ressa Moss from Rancho Cucamonga HS

Ressa Moss, named after her grt-grt-grandma, is a Southern California native finishing up her senior year at Rancho Cucamonga HS. Growing up with 6 brothers and sisters, Ressa is used to big crowds.  She loves drawing, singing with the RCHS Chamber Singers, and excels at piano, always challenging herself to learn Disney movie scores!   

When Ressa was young her aunt said, "This big family needs a dentist."  Ressa never forgot, and is now in her 2nd year at Baldy View ROP, training to be a Registered Dental Assistant.  In the fall, she will be entering the Dental Lab Technician program at Pasadena City College, and will apply her artistic abilities to the field of Restorative Dentistry. She is honored to have the opportunity to be an Master of Ceremony for this conference.

Meet our Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Paola Case’s desire to become a physician and work with medically underserved communities is inspired by her life events. She was born in Mexico and moved to the United States with her family when she was eight years old. She graduated as valedictorian from Centennial High School in Corona, CA. Dr. Case received a full academic scholarship to UC Berkeley and earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. During her undergraduate years, Dr. Case studied abroad in Spain and participated in several research studies involving amphibian development. She decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree at Loma Linda University to further understand healthcare disparities at home and abroad.  While participating in her MPH program, she was involved in grass roots projects that directly empowered disenfranchised communities in the San Bernardino area. She subsequently attended medical school at UC Irvine. In addition to her studies, she was active in the Latino Medical Student Association. As a fourth year medical student, she was a recipient of the National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Global Health Fellowship and worked in the obstetrics and gynecology department of a rural hospital in Uganda. Her desire to work with entire families and focus on prevention led her to pursue her residency at University of California, San Francisco in Family Practice. She has since returned to Southern California and is an associate physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group working in Baldwin Park, not far from where her journey began almost three decades ago when she moved to the United States. She continues to enjoy mentoring high school and college students who are interested in health sciences careers and hopes she can motivate the next generation to pursue their dreams.


Dr. Carlos Fernandez was born in Mexico and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Riverside after graduating from Alta Loma High School. After college, he became a licensed emergency medical technician, working in emergency rooms and ambulance transportation in Southern California. He attended medical school at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, and completed his clinical internship at New York Medical College in 2013. He currently is a UCR third-year psychiatry resident and will be pursuing a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA-Kern Medical Center in Central California in 2017. He has recently been awarded a nationally recognized APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship and sits on the APA’s Children, Adolescents, and Their Families national council. As a community activist, Dr. Fernandez is a board member of Latino Health Riverside, which focuses on mental health education in Riverside County. He is working to eliminate mental health stigma by involving teachers and parents in mental health education in elementary schools. His future aspirations are to address mental health needs on a national level by empowering patients through education and advocacy. His keynote address is“You have the power to realize your dreams. Believe in yourself!”

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is the dress code?

A: Scrub uniform, school uniform or professional clothing (see above). 

Q: How I do I make changes to my registration?

A: Please use the link you were provided by Cognito or contact Violet at to get your link. Any changes required after Monday, March 13 at Noon will need to be handled during check in. Please be sure to have the necessary permissions (see above) for new students.

Q: What time should we arrive?

A: Registration begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to arrive at that time if possible. Students should be in their seats by 8:30 AM. See schedule.

Q: What time does the conference end? 

A: 2:30 PM. See schedule. You will be responsible for notifying the bus driver when you are ready to be picked up. There will be a line of buses so please be patient. A bus attendant will be on-hand to assist in the process. Don't leave your drivers waiting. Be ready to go when they arrive. 

Q: I have a student with special dietary needs/allergies. Can you provide a special lunch?

A: The sack lunch options include a choice of a sandwich (egg salad, avocado & provolone, and a soy-based chik'en salad). If you have students with special diets or needs, please arrange for them to bring their own lunch. We will be unable to cater to special diets. If refrigeration is required, please notify us in advance so that we may make arrangements. 

Q: I don't have a photo release form. 

A: Please use our form if your district does not already have one. We will require a copy of the photo release for our records. 

Q: I have other colleagues/teachers that would like to attend the conference. May I bring them?

A: We are at capacity for this conference! If you wish to bring someone other than the chaperones indicated in your registration, please inquire firstWe most likely will not be able to accomodate additional attendees. 

Q: What exhibitors will be at the conference?

A: Please see attached.