Welcome to the Columbia Wound Care Community

October 14, 2023 - BWCC (Basic Wound Care Course) 7-hr course - Linfield Portland Campus


2023 Letter from the CWCC Board:

The focus of the work of the Columbia Wound Care Community (CWCC) is to disseminate evidence-based practice in the healing of wounds. Like other educational associations, ours had been all in-person programs. 

During the pandemic, CWCC transitioned to a virtual program to continue our mission to support Wound Care Education. This was made possible because of the support and commitment of our Board members, speakers, and Well-Assembled Meetings. We transitioned our program online. In doing so, practitioners across the U.S. and Canada were able to access our online program. Now our program may be a mix of speakers on-screen as well as in-person. Technology has afforded us new opportunities, and for this we are grateful. 

CWCC is excited for the provision of more continuing education symposiums and resources for clinicians who provide Wound Care or who are interested in learning more to augment their practice. CWCC is fortunate to have partnered with the Linfield University School of Nursing Portland Campus in providing the space needed to run these courses.

This past February, at our Advanced Wound Care Course, the topics discussed included physiology and pathophysiology of wound care, nutrition, and a marvelous panel discussion on the social determinates of health care from the perspective of the Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian population.

In April of 2023 we presented our first "Student" Basic Wound Care Course. Attending this program were Resident MDs, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Nursing Students. We were so thankful to have participation from over 20 volunteers from various disciplines, including Podiatry, Naturopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing, and Occupational and Physical Therapy. As you can see, it takes a village to teach; just as it takes many different disciplines to close a wound.

The July Social Event held at the McMenamins Kennedy School was an enjoyable evening of great food, networking, vendor participation, and three very interesting Case Studies. The case studies promoted food for thought, analysis of the situation, and the importance of looking at the seemingly most simple of wound-related etiologies. A few of our vendors had the opportunity to give a special commercial of their company and/or product. 

CWCC is offering an Advanced Practice Basic Wound Care Course on October 14, 2023, and in 2024 we are planning to offer another Advanced Wound Care Symposium (AWCS) in March. We will also have a Basic Wound Care Course in April and the Case Studies Evening in June. There is also a Debridement course in the works for the Fall of 2024.

We appreciate your support, and hope you will join us as we finish out 2023 and move into 2024.


Elizabeth Fedderen, FNP-C, CWON, CFCN
2023-2024 President, on behalf of the Board
Columbia Wound Care Community

Our Mission and History

Our Mission
To raise community awareness of scientific advances in wound care and to be a resource to wound care providers through education, consultation, and promotion of evidence-based, advanced wound care practice.

Our History
The Columbia Wound Care Community (CWCC), formerly Columbia Wound Care Consortium, was founded in 2007 by a group of wound care physicians, nurses, and therapists in the Portland / Vancouver Metropolitan Area. This group of wound care specialists joined together to promote the fields of wound medicine and hyperbaric medicine. They shared a philosophy of pooling resources and sharing information between local experts to benefit providers and those in need of specialized care required to treat hard to heal wounds. For the past 12 years, CWCC has provided CEU/CME certified advanced practice symposiums and basic wound care workshops at low cost that are open to the multiple professions in the wound care community and students training in these professions.

Who Should Attend CWCC Programs?

  • Physicians
             MD, DO, DPM
  • Advanced Practice Providers
             NP, PA
  • Nurses/Allied Health
             RN, LPN, WCC, WOCN, MA, OT, PT, CNA, RT, RVT
  • Retirees/Medical Translators/Community Partners
  • Educators and Students in Medical Education Programs

Scholarships to All CWCC Programs are available.  Apply to info@columbiawound.org.


These courses provided by CWCC allow the attendee to earn CEU’s, but does not provide the needed didactic and clinical hours needed to allow one to sit for a Wound Care Certification Exam. The knowledge gained by listening to the presentations and participating in any hands-on education will support the information obtained from a Wound Care Certification Program. 

CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES below and stay-tuned for 2024 courses coming soon! 

Next Event:

  • October 14, 2023 - Advance Practice BWCC (Basic Wound Care Course) 7-hr course
    being held at the Linfield Univ School of Nursing, 2900 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

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