Northwest Pulse September 2016
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September 2016
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The Story Behind Oregon’s SBIRT Incentive Measure and Its Impact on Implementation

Jim Winkle, SBIRT Oregon, OHSU Family Medicine

Jim will be presenting on this topic at the Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver on October 17

Over a quarter of all Americans drink enough alcohol to pose serious risk to their health, but few primary care clinicians address this behavior with patients. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), offers a standardized, universal approach to addressing unhealthy alcohol use. Under this model, validated screening questionnaires can do the work of assessing unhealthy alcohol use during the check-in and rooming process.

Read more about SBIRT

Understanding Patient and Community Social Risk to Drive Care Transformation: The PRAPARE Experience

Alicia Atalla-Mei, Oregon Primary Care Association

Alicia will be presenting on this topic at the Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver on October 18

As the healthcare system increases efforts to improve health outcomes and lower costs of care, it is necessary, perhaps now more than ever, for providers to better understand and have the capacity to address their patients’ social determinants of health.

Read about PRAPARE

Precision Medicine: Perspectives from Community Health Centers and Community-Based Organizations

Joon-Ho Yu, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. Yu will be presenting on this topic at the Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver on October 17

Precision medicine (PM) is an approach to disease treatment and prevention that accounts for individual genetic, environmental, and lifestyle differences. Healthcare and community organizations that serve underrepresented populations are increasingly partnering with PM researchers and playing an important role in framing the pros and cons of participating in PM research.

Read about PM and health centers

Activating Community Health Center and Community College Partnerships for Health Workforce Benefit

Dan Ferguson, WA State Allied Health Center of Excellence

Dan will be presenting on this topic at the Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver on October 15

New legislation requires partnerships between colleges and the communities they serve to assure the programs are relevant and graduates are work-ready. In the health arena, industry is increasing its demands for students to be more prepared to hit the ground running and ready to work in complex, team-based, multi-professional environments. Improving health and health care requires cross- sector collaboration.

Read about these partnerships

Support for Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate to 80% by 2018

Audrey Fine, American Cancer Society

It is estimated that in the four NWRPCA states alone, more than 9,000 lives could be saved by reaching the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s goal of screening 80 percent of the eligible population by the year 2018. Fortunately, extensive evidence-based interventions and improved options are making screening easier and more accessible than ever.

Learn how

Spotlight on Dental Staff: Sami Florence from Terry Reilly Health Services

Sami, one of our Hygenists, is passionate about community health, education and a great care experience for our patients. When asked what she loves about working at Terry Reilly, Sami responded, “This environment makes me a better human being. Every patient I interact with broadens my perspective of life. I learn and expand as a person, every single day that I am here. Public Health is, without a doubt, where I belong.” We love having her as part our team!

-Ernest Meshack-Hart, Dental Director

Don't miss our full day of dental integration training at the Fall Primary Care Conference on October 18!

Next month is human resources month. If you would like to feature any member of your HR staff, please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by October 6.

Suite 330: NWRPCA News


NWRPCA is preparing for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Follow NWRPCA on social media and on our website to learn more about member CHCs’ development strategies for #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016.

Professional Development

2016 Fall Primary Care Conference

October 15-18 in Denver, CO

Look forward to an array of exciting conference tracks and sessions, including a two-day governance intensive, three-day finance track, a behavioral health integration track, a dental integration day, and much more!

Early bird registration ends September 24. Don't miss out!

Presented in partnership with Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) and Western Clinicians Network (WCN)

Register now!

Best Practices: Why CEOs and CFOs Need to be Involved in Employee Healthcare Purchasing

September 15, 1:00 PM PT

This 60-minute webinar (which includes 15 minutes of Q&A) will introduce a creative approach to employer-sponsored healthcare that may have been inaccessible to nonprofits in the past, self-funding. With more organizations moving towards a fully or partially self-funded model, it is imperative that CEOs and CFOs become more intimately involved with employee healthcare decisions to ensure the long-term viability for both the organization and its employees. Presented by Nonstop Wellness.

Learn more and register

Governance 101 Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

NWRPCA will be offering a series of ten governance webinars from November 2016 - September 2017 that will focus on a variety of topics that relate directly to Community Health Center Boards of Directors. This webinar series is appropriate for Board Members who may be new to the health center world or those who would like a refresher, as well as new CHC staff or staff working closely with the Board.

Learn more and register

Three Elements of Retention: Administrative, Clinical, and Personal

November 17-18 in Medford, OR

This two-day training will include sessions on mindfulness and workplace wellness strategies, clinical issues (such as the opioid epidemic and patient populations) that can lead to burnout, restructuring clinic operations to support providers, and examining self-awareness as well as personal and leadership development. Participants will learn best practices in these areas and obtain tools to take back to their health center, with the ultimate aim to address their respective retention challenges.

Learn more and register

UDS Training

December 13-14 in Portland, OR

The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training covers the preparation of the 2016 UDS Report. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used and those who use the data in their program management and improvement activities.

CPE credits are available for this training. Presented in partnership with the Oregon Primary Care Association.

Learn more and register

Corporate Compliance Training

January 23-24 in Seattle, WA

The compliance training will offer updates on the financial, clinical and regulatory risk areas affecting health centers and will offer guidance on how health center compliance programs can take action to address these risk areas.

Presented by Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell

Registration coming soon

Opportunities from Our Partners

Changes in Utilization and Health Among Low-Income Adults After Medication Expansion or Expanded Private Insurance
September 15, 10:00-11:30 am PT
Dr. Benjamin Sommers presents, from the Clinical Directors Network. Register here

2016 Washington Free and Charitable Care Conference
September 21-23 in Kennewick, WA
From Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, this event is for anyone interested in healthcare access for the underserved. Learn more

Achieving Health Equity-One Policy at a Time
September 22, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm PT
The Federal Interagency Health Equity team hosts this webinar on how the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) initiated efforts to apply a health equity lens to proposed state legislation. Register here

11th Annual Latino Health Forum
October 20 in Seattle, WA
Sea Mar Community Health Centers presents this one-day event. Striving for "La Vida Buena y Sana," Innovative Approaches for Latino Health Equity. Learn more

Vision y Compromiso
October 27-29 in Ontario
14th Annual Conference of promotores, leaders, and community workers. Learn more


View the latest funding opportunities, as well as other educational resources and information, on our website.

NWRPCA Career Center

Post available jobs at your health center or view current openings at NW health centers.

Most recent openings:

Alaska: Comptroller at Kodiak Area Native Association in Kodiak

Idaho: MD or DO at Family Health Services in Burley

Oregon: School Based Health Center Operations Manager at Outside In in Portland

Washington: Nurse Practitioner at Cowlitz Family Health Center in Longview

Educational Opportunities

Attend one of our in-person workshops or online webinars. Previously recorded events are also available.

Region X Highlights

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Read news highlights about Region X health centers.

Recent articles:

Alaska: Iliuliuk is the first community health center in Alaska with an electronic intensive care unit.

Idaho: Terry Reilly Health Services celebrated 45 years in August, hosting a reception and a free public health fair.

Oregon: One Community Health celebrates 30 years with a month of activities based around the science of happiness.

Washington: New partnership connects Neighborcare dentists with Swedish Medical Center emergency room patients.

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