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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Timely News for Region X

June 2016 QuickLinks

Alaska Health Workforce Coalition
H-2A Workforce
STAR2 Center
Suite 330 News

Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development

Featured Articles

Alaska Health Workforce Coalition

Kathy Craft, Director, Alaska Health Workforce Coalition

The Alaska Health Workforce Coalition was launched in 2009 to develop a coordinated, cohesive, and effective approach to addressing the critical needs for health workers in Alaska. The Coalition monitors and actively participates in Alaska’s health workforce through engagement, training, recruitment and retention efforts.

Gloria Burnett, Nancy Merriman, and Dan Robinson gave a presentation on Lessons from Alaska Health Workforce Coalition at the 2016 NWRPCA Annual Spring Conference.

Read more

Outreach to H-2A Workers

Seth Doyle and Jessica Burkard, NWRPCA's Community Health Improvement Program

Over the past decade, there has been significant growth in the use of temporary foreign agricultural workers on H-2A visas (H-2A workers) in the U.S. H-2A workers, many of whom arrive outside of open enrollment, pose unique challenges for outreach and enrollment, requiring additional training, technical assistance, and resources. They tend to be more isolated than the general agricultural worker population and are less likely to seek medical care.

Read more about efforts to support H-2A workers

STAR2 Center: Free TA & Resources

Mariah Blake, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

The STAR² Center (Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention), the workforce project of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) was created through a national cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Primary Health Care. The goal of the STAR² Center is to support workforce improvement through clinician recruitment and retention in community health centers. The STAR² Center supports health center recruitment and retention efforts by providing free training, technical assistance , and an ever-expanding resource clearing house.

Read how the STAR² Center can benefit your health center

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

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

NWRPCA Says Goodbye to Norm Kraft

As we wrote in last November’s QuickNotes, our beloved Finance Manager Norm Kraft is retiring at the end of this month. Norm’s been with the association since 2010, after having served for 10 years as the CFO for Cowlitz Family Health Center, and has done an absolutely wonderful job with both the financial performance and member services elements of the position. We’ve been so fortunate to have him with us as a colleague and a friend over these past six years. We know, though, how much he’s going to enjoy the additional time with his wife Penny, daughters, sons-in-law and grandkids, that he’ll stay connected to the Northwest Community Health Center family that’s grown to love him so deeply, and that we’ll be able to coax him back to a regional conference or two in the coming years! We’re also delighted, as is Norm, to have Aaron Starr as our new CFO. We’ll miss you immensely, Norm, and wish you the best in your new adventure!

Announcing NWRPCA 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Read about our new board members

Thank you to the 2015-2016 board for your service!

Congratulations to NWRPCA Award Winners

Legacy Award: Des Skubi, Unity Care NW
Summit Award: Sylvia Ness, Multnomah County Health Department
Helping Us Help You Award: Mary Jo Ybarra Vega, Quincy Community Health Center

Read more about annual awards

Best Wishes to the ATSU-NWRPCA Campus Class of 2016

In their three years with the NWRPCA campus, they have had the opportunity to rotate through numerous CHCs across Region X. We greatly appreciate our partner support for hosting students through our program. This truly helps to shape our future health care workforce in meaningful, community-minded ways.

Our students had a 100% match rate into primary care residencies and needed specialties, including three in Region X!

Any sites interested in hosting a medical student rotation, please contact Naveen Kanithi, Workforce Program Manager.

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

Salary Survey

Data collection is open for the 2016 Region X Health Center Salary, Benefits, Turnover, and Vacancy Survey.

Participation deadline is June 30
Completed surveys should be emailed to krondou@nwrpca.org

Learn more about the Salary Survey

NWRPCA's Governance Webinar Series
June 22 and 29, 2016

Two of five governance webinars remain! These webinars focus on the 19 program requirements as they relate directly to Community Health Center Board of Directors.

Instructor: Dr. Pam Byrnes, John Snow Inc.

Learn more and register

Community Health Improvement Webinar Series: Understanding and Reaching Vulnerable Populations

NWRPCA is pleased to announce a webinar series this summer addressing how community health centers can better serve vulnerable populations. The focus will be on understanding the unique characteristics of each group, outreach tactics, and programs and resources available to connect them to care and coverage. This complimentary three part webinar series, held during the last week of each month, will be presented by diverse speakers from across the region.

Veterans Choice Program: Approaches to Engage Veterans
June 28, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM PT

Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign: A Recipe for Success
July 26, 2016 (tentative)

Supporting Refugees: A Background and How to Best Serve Them
August 2016
Registration information will be available soon

For more information about this webinar series, or other Community Health Improvement Program activities please contact Jessica Burkard.

Are You Prepped? Fiscal Year 2015 Cost Report: A Webinar Series
July 6 and July 13, 2016

This series will provide an in-depth review of the revised cost report form CMS-224-14 as CLA professionals walk you through the preparation process. By the end of the series, you will understand the key factors that drive reimbursement and the data needed to support the cost report.

Learn more and register

Behavioral Health Integration Training
August 8-9, 2016 in Boise, ID

Registration is open

The integration of behavioral health in primary care is a paramount issue for health centers all over the country. Cherokee Health Systems has evolved a fully integrated practice over the last 40 years; you will learn not only the intricacies of the clinical approach, but also the vital administrative, operational, financial and collaborative components that support and sustain the model. Agenda now available!

NWRPCA is pleased to offer the Behavioral Health Integration training, sponsored in part by Idaho Primary Care Association.

Critical Skills for First Time Supervisors and Managers
September 20-21, 2016 in Seattle, WA

Instructor: Lisa Mouscher, Sogence Training and Consulting

Learn more and register

Fall Primary Care Conference
October 15-18 in Denver, CO

Look forward to an array of exciting conference tracks and sessions, speakers, and opportunities to meet with exhibitors! Take advantage of conference networking during our Welcome Reception and while enjoying beautiful Denver, and prepare to be inspired by keynote speakers during the opening and closing plenaries.

Learn more and register

Webinar Series Available Now

National Cooperative Agreement on Clinical Workforce Development
With the recently awarded National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) on Clinical Workforce Development, the Community Health Center, Inc and its Weitzman Institute are providing training and technical assistance to health centers who are interested in transforming teams, and training the next generation. A series of national webinars focused on three tracks:
- Post-graduate residency programs for nurse practitioners and post-doc clinical psychologists
- Hosting health profession students at health centers
- Team-based care

To date, the NCA webinar series has had over 2000 unduplicated attendees and representation from all 50 states. Videos and resources from all webinars are shared at www.chc1.com/nca

Grant Writing: Plan for Your Next SAC or NAP Grant
The series will take the participants through the latest SAC grant guidance and identify what the reviewers are looking for in terms of compliance in each section. The presentation breaks down which sections in the SAC narrative, budget, forms and attachments are used to measure grantee compliance with each of the 19 Program Requirements.

19 Program Requirements – Beyond the Site Visit
The series examines each requirement, with a focus on operationalizing compliance activities to ensure readiness for site visits and competitive grant applications, and to reduce the threat of conditions on grant awards.

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Practical Art of Health Center Operations (PAHCO) Seminar (Formerly POM I)
July 27-29, 2016, Denver, CO
The PAHCO Seminar, developed for health center executives and managers, provides helpful strategies to maximize your center’s productivity and resources. Tailored for the health center COO, practice/clinic manager or supervisor, and front desk manager or supervisor, PAHCO helps participants find answers to common health center customer service issues and learn about the true importance of patient-staff interactions. Register here

Summer Institute for Public Health Practice
August 1-3, 2016, Seattle
This hands-on training explores the social drivers of health and builds core skills. Participants choose an area of focus from three courses, attend a plenary session, and network with other professionals. The program is open to professionals from all sectors and levels who are looking to gain practical skills. Limited travel assistance is available. Register

Idaho Clinical STD Update
August 10, 2016, Meridian, Idaho
1-day didactic course which 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 Idaho, 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

Managing Ambulatory Health Care (MAHC II): Advanced Course for
Clinical Leaders in Community Health Centers

September 12-15, 2016, Boston, MA
MAHC II is a four-day program designed for health center clinicians who have undertaken significant managerial and leadership responsibilities, yet are unable to take time away from the organization to complete a degree program in public health or health administration. This course can help clinicians expand their knowledge of management concepts and understand their leadership role in effectively guiding their health center through times of uncertainty and change. Apply online here

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.


Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Anchorage, AK


Valley Family Health Care

New Plymouth, ID

Clinic Manager

Tillamook County Community Health Center

Tillamook, OR

Program Manager, Care Improvement

Community Health Plan of Washington

Seattle, WA

Region X Highlights

Brought to you by Jones and Roth

HHS Awards $156 Million to Expand Oral Health Services


Wellness Center in Haines hosts SEARHC dental, as well as organizations focusing on assisted living, veterans, and hospice. Read full article

Tanana Chiefs Conference opens Community Health Aide Training Center in Fairbanks. Read full article

Southcentral Foundation opens Nuka Learning and Wellness Center. Read full article


Heritage Health will start operating a mobile mental health unit to middle schools. Read full article

Dr. Magni Hamso at Terry Reilly Health Services discusses the benefits of naloxone. Read full article


Oregon CHCs participate in conference on healthcare for the homeless, discuss both urban and rural homelessness. Read full article

School Board voted not to allow contraceptives to be prescribed at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's school-based health center. Read full article

Veteran Steve Eggert serves other veterans as Outreach Coordinator for Coast Community Health Center. Read full article


Yakima Neighborhood Health Services raising money for LGBTQ resource center. Read full article

Neighborcare provides prenatal care and support to Seattle's Somali population. Read full article

Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers' Dayna Seymour and Lisa Kyle honored at Indian Health Service's Director's Recognition of Excellence Ceremony.Read full article

Neighborcare opens first-of-its-kind Dental Education Clinic in Seattle. Read full article

Dr. Ricardo Jimenez, medical director of Sea Mar, co-authored a study that found that Latina women were twice as likely to be screened for breast cancer after Promatora visits. Read full article


Funding Opportunity: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals

June is Men's Health Month
Find clinical resources for men on our resources page

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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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.

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