January 2016 QN
Share |
Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Timely News for Region X
Outreach and Enrollment Edition

January 2016 QuickLinks

Social Determinants of Health
Clinical Topics in Migrant Healthcare
Challenging Our Views on Cultural Competency
Preparing for a Data Breach

Suite 330 News
Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Clifton Larson Allen


Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank


 Featured Vendors
 McKesson logo      

 Featured Articles

Cassie Burns

Lander Cooney

Integrating the Social Determinants of Health

Cassie Burns and Lander Cooney, Community Health Partners (CHP)


One of Community Health Partners' strategies for achieving its mission to enhance community health and well-being is to address the root causes of poor health such as income, education, housing, and access to healthy food.  CHP does this by embedding educational programming into its health centers.  

Learn how CHP accomplishes this integration


Clinical Topics in Migrant Healthcare: Head to Toe

Barbara Hollinger, UCSF School of Nursing

Editor's Note: Barbara will be presenting on migrant health at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health, February 24-26 in Portland, OR

Have you ever wondered, when taking a history or doing a physical assessment of a farmworker, what is different about their risk profile than other clients? 

Read more about how clinicians can best care for the farmworker population


Challenging Our Views About Cultural Competency

Dr. Jose Reyes, Cultural Competency Consulting, LLC

Editor's Note: Dr. Reyes will be presenting on cultural competency at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health February 24-26 in Portland, OR

Many of us have attended some form of training in the area of cultural competency. Traditionally, cultural competency trainings have taught us about the differences we may encounter as a result of being exposed to other cultures.  Given what we are taught, how relevant is this training content focused on specific cultures to providing culturally sensitive services?  

Read about what cultural competency means in healthcare

Michael Reph


Ryan Roberts

How to Prepare for a Data Breach in Healthcare 

Michael Reph and Ryan Roberts, Parker, Smith & Feek

To ensure proper data breach response preparedness (and to show proper due diligence), directors and leadership staff should be asking pertinent questions now, before a breach occurs. The ever-changing requirements in data breach notification requirements, continued increase in the number and severity of cyber attacks, and increase in the size of federal lawsuit judgments make this an important topic which needs to be addressed by healthcare organizations.  

Learn how to prepare

NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

It's "Outreach and Enrollment Month" at NWRPCA!

Outreach and enrollment staff, congratulations for almost making it to the end of open enrollment this year!  NWRPCA has a staff member dedicated to outreach and enrollment.  Please contact Jessica Burkard for more information on our programs and services available to you. 

Spotlight on Outreach and Enrollment Staff 

Jesús Bervis has served as Eligibility Manager for Neighborcare Health since 2008. Jesús is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote high quality and continuous improvement to health care access. Jesús is excited to be serving as a liaison for the underprivileged uninsured and their right to use health care at his community health center. Read more about Jesús
-Janine Childs, CFO, Neighborcare Health

Ignolia Duyck and her team from Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center participate in every OPCA O&E meeting and are always willing to share their O&E experiences and practices with their peers. They are also highly involved and trusted in their communities. They coordinate countless enrollment events and also volunteer to support other organizations' enrollment events.
-Stephanie Castano, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, Oregon Primary Care Association

Lois Barger is the Outreach & Enrollment Specialist for the Interior Community Health Center (ICHC). Lois became a Certified Application Counselor soon after she was hired. She has helped many people in the Fairbanks North Star Borough learn more about their options with the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of her outreach duties, she attends many events off-site to promote ICHC’s services.  Lois also assists with ICHC’s marketing. She has been instrumental in our new website design, outreach activities and is a valuable member of the ICHC team!
-Amy Baldwin, Human Resources Officer, Interior Community Health Center

Michael McKee, director of health services and community partnerships at International Community Health Services (ICHS), has overseen leadership of ICHS' outreach and enrollment efforts since its inception in 2013. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was made law and implemented, ICHS staffs have enrolled more than 14,000 patients/community members with health insurance, with approximately 5,000 people assisted with enrollment in 2015. Read more about Michael and his team
-Herbert Atienza, International Community Health Services

  Jesús Bervis

 Ignolia Duyck


  Lois Barger


Michael McKee 

Coming in February: Focus on Coders and Billers

Do you have an outstanding coder or biller at your health center?
Please send Member Services Coordinator, Alyssa Panning, a few lines about why that person deserves to be recognized, and a photo, by February 10, and NWRPCA will feature that person here.

NWRPCA Staff Learns about Member Health Centers

Each month Member Services posts interesting and insightful information and photos for a different health center in Region X. During January, our team is learning all about Country Doctor Community Health Centers in Seattle.


Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities 


Today is the last day to register!

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell presents Supercircular, Sliding Fee Scale, and Budget Pins: Federal Compliance Requirements for Health Centers

Following the sweeping changes of 2013-14, including OMB’s Supercircular and HRSA’s PINs on both budgeting/accounting and the sliding fee discount scale, health centers need to position themselves to reduce the risks of waste, fraud and abuse while meeting the key responsibilities for effective administration.

January 21-22, 2016 in Seattle


Instructors: Marcie Zakheim and Ted Waters


Register now


Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 24-26 in Portland, OR


The agenda has been finalized!

Showcase your work at the 2016 Western Forum Poster Session!

Each year, we dedicate a portion of the Western Forum to allow individuals the opportunity to present a poster highlighting current projects or research initiatives that are relevant to health and health care for underserved populations.


Western Forum participants are primarily individuals and organizations who tirelessly commit to providing quality health services to underserved populations, particularly migrant and farmworker communities. This is a prime opportunity to discuss your initiative with an audience who can enable your project to go to the next level.

We encourage organizations, students, and scholars to join us during this time to start conversations with conference participants about their initiative.

Poster submissions are due Friday, January 29, 2016. To learn more, check out our website. 


Critical Skills for Mid-Level Managers
April 18-19 in Golden, CO


This course begins with an intensive two-day management skills program and continues with a capstone project back in the home health center. The course is designed to meet the specific needs of CHC mid-level managers and supervisors by providing hands-on management skill building for immediate implementation to strengthen both your teams and your organization.

Instructor: Lisa Mouscher, CEO and Lead Consultant at Sogence Training and Consulting

Learn more and register

Hosted in partnership with Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)

Spring Primary Care Conference
May 14-17 in Anchorage, AK


Learn about the latest in primary care in beautiful Alaska! NWRPCA conferences are a cornerstone of our membership services. No matter where you are in your career, the Spring Primary Care Conference has something for you. The spring conference features prominent keynote speakers, powerful breakout sessions, networking with your primary care colleagues, and much more. 

Learn more about attending the Spring Conference

Exhibitor, sponsor, and advertiser opportunities are all available for the conference. Learn more about these fantastic ways to interact and network with healthcare professionals from across the Northwest.


Introduction to Community Health Centers, an interactive, dynamic and easy-to-complete online course, allows you to dive deeper into the world of community health centers (CHCs), exploring the history of the health justice and health equity movement and the roles and responsibilities of the current CHC. Now in their 50th year, CHCs are the critical primary care access points for underserved populations in the United States today.


As this course inherently honors CHCs, we have a special package deal available for health centers! Get full-year access to this course to use at your CHC for both current and future staff and board. It’s perfect for introducing everyone to the vibrant world of CHCs.


Take the course here

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Billing 101 Webinar Series
PMG, Inc.
Don't miss out on this exciting series from PMG, designed specifically for FQHCs.
Learn more

  • Payment Posting
    January 21, 2016
  • Unpaid Claims Management
    February 4, 2016
  • Benchmarking and Unpaid Claims Management
    February 18, 2016

Clinical Update on the Management of STDs and HIV Prevention

February 10-11, 2016
Seattle, Washington

This two-day didactic course provides registered participants with training in the most recent advancements in epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of viral and bacterial STDs. This course is designed for clinicians practicing in Federal Region X. Although focusing on STDs in Washington, clinicians from any state are welcome to attend. CME/CNE is offered for this class. An optional Clinical Practicum is available upon completion.

Learn more

WA Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
American Cancer Society and the WA State Department of Health 

March 25, 2016 at the Conference Center at Sea-Tac

The full-day program features research, success stories, and breakout sessions about evidence-based interventions working across our state, disparities in screening, diagnosis and treatment among underserved populations, and how we can collectively strengthen efforts to improve Washington’s CRC screening rates. Roundtable participants include clinic managers, providers, insurers, and quality professionals.  For general information contact Cynthia Eichner, State-based Health Systems Manager, American Cancer Society. 

National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Spring Regional Training
March 31-April 1, 2016
Denver, CO

Health Care for the Homeless experts across the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains regions of the United States will offer tailored education to clinicians, administrators, consumers, and advocates of homeless health care services. 

Learn more


11th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit "Health is a Shared Value"
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
April 6-8, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

Each spring, the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership hosts a national conference that brings together hundreds of leaders in government, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work to share ideas, insights and best practices about how integrating legal care into health care can help combat health-harming social conditions.

Learn more

Visit NWRPCA's Partner Trainings page for more information on all of these trainings and more

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page

NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.

Case Management RN

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Seattle, WA

Clinic Medical Director

Mosaic Medical

Madras, OR 


Staff Accountant

Kodiak Area Native Association

Kodiak, AK


Chief Executive Officer

Family Health Services

Twin Falls, ID

Region X Highlights


Mat-Su Health Foundation awarded Sunshine Community Health Center funds to hire a licensed clinical social worker and behavioral health nurse care manager. Read full article

O/E: Tina Minster, Navigator at Peninsula Community Health Services, travels to homes, churches, and even the beach to enroll people in health insurance. Read full article


Dr. Magni Hamso with Terry Reilly Health Services discusses combatting prescription opioid overdoses in Idaho. Read full article

Yvonne Ketchum, CEO of Idaho Primary Care Association, describes how Idaho's proposed Primary Care Access Program would affect community health centers in the state. Read full article


O/E: Wallace Medical Concern enrollment assistors overcome challenges of enrolling the homeless, refugees, and those with complicated medical conditions. Read full article

Umpqua Community Health Center taking over immunizations and family planning from Douglas County Public Health Department. Read full article

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and behavioral health provider LifeWorksNW now using continuity of care documents for better transfer of patient information. Read full article

Wallace Medical Concern opens a new clinic in Multnomah County. Read full article


Dr. Portia Jones at Community Health of Central Washington weighs in on prenatal supplements to prevent birth defects, such as those spiking in Central Washington. Read full article

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic expands services as it opens a new site in Toppenish.  Read full article 

Valley View Health Center received grant funding from the American Cancer Society to increase awareness of colorectal cancer and the need for screening. Read full article

O/E: Jessica Hernandez from Sea Mar Community Health Centers helps people apply for health insurance at local libraries. Read full article

Sarah Vander Beek, Chief Dental Officer at Neighborcare Health, discusses dental therapists in Washington. Read full article

Peninsula Community Health Services has implemented an extensive emergency preparedness plan, especially for earthquakes. Read full article


January is Cervical Health Awareness month
Visit NWRPCA's clinical resources page for screening guidelines and more


Funding Opportunity: Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program
See this funding announcement and more on our funding page

COPE-REMS: Don't forget to take the COPE-REMS course on treating chronic pain and  join NWRPCA's pain management online community, where you can connect with others in the region who work with patients with chronic pain.  

QuickNotes is the newsletter of Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. Each issue features a variety of information about community health, member news and spotlights, and important funding and workforce listings.

We welcome your comments and feedback as well as your news items. Please email us your thoughts and your news, resources and opportunities to share.


® Northwest Regional Primary Care Association 2015

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65% of program funded by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal