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                      April 2017
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What’s Missing from Your Plate? Nutrition Services Integration in Primary Care

Michele Guerrero, RD, Primary Care Nutrition Services Supervisor, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic


Michele will be presenting a session on this topic at the Spring Primary Care Conference


We know that most of the chronic health conditions that impact our patients and communities are related to lifestyle, especially eating patterns and physical activity. How can we support our patients and communities in making realistic, lasting, and impactful change? At Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, we believe providing integrated Nutrition Services to our patients is one solution.

Read more about how to integrate Registered Dietitians into CHCs

The Healthcare Landscape through a Financial Lens

Steven D. Weinman, Principal, FQHC Associates


Steven will be presenting a session on this topic at the Spring Primary Care Conference


Since the 2016 presidential election, the US healthcare industry has been bracing for some significant changes. While the ACA is still the law of the land, it clearly has a target painted on it. Amidst all of this uncertainty, how can health centers plan and prepare for continued financial stability?

Learn more about what health centers can do to prepare


Quality Improvement Staff Spotlight

Mary Jordan is the Quality Improvement Coordinator for Northwest Human Services, a health center in Salem, Oregon. Mary is an instrumental teammate who diligently works to understand clinic workflow, the technical specifications of each measure, and the day-to-day challenges staff faces in collecting pertinent data. She strives to provide clinicians with helpful and quality feedback on CCO Incentive Measures, Joint Commission expectations, UDS, and HRSA requirements. The data that Mary is able to extrapolate guides clinical workflow and has contributed to our success to-date.

-Yutonah Bowes, Clinic Director, Northwest Human Services

Spotlight on Nurses Next Month

Feature a fantastic nurse in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by May 12.

Suite 330: NWRPCA News


Welcome to Mikayla Kiyokawa!

Mikayla is NWRPCA's newest Program Support Associate. She recently graduated from the University of Washington.


With a background in public health, Mikayla’s beliefs strongly align with NWRPCA’s mission and values as she enjoys working to improve the health of everyone in the community. She is passionate about social justice, health equity, and community education/outreach for diverse communities.


We are thrilled to have her on board!

Professional Development


Integrated Care Strategies for Treating Opioid Use Disorders

April 26, 8:00am-12:00 PT in Anchorage, AK or via live stream


Please join our presenters from the University of Massachusetts as they highlight provider and practice-based challenges and successes in treating patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in primary care. Presenters will draw on existing evidence that supports the treatment of opioid dependence in primary care as a chronic condition best addressed by integrated teams of behavioral health and primary care providers. Evidence and strategies for including families in the care of patients with OUD will be presented as well as the critical role of harm reduction in caring for patients within the context of interdisciplinary team-based care.


Three CME credits will be available for both in-person attendees and attendees via the live stream!

Register now!

Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017


The next webinar, Evaluating the CEO and the Board, is April 19 at noon PT

This ten-part governance webinar series focuses on a variety of topics that relate directly to Community Health Center Boards of Directors. Sign up for the remainder of all live webinars, and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Register now!

Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017


The next webinar, Optimal Treatment of Anxiety in Primary Care, is tomorrow, April 12, at noon PT

NWRPCA is offering a series of ten behavioral health webinars from January - December 2017 that serve as a platform each month for a blend of didactic trainings and interactive opportunities. Each month we examine a different topic via a 60-minute webinar.

Learn more and register


Free Webinar: The Telepharmacy Workshop

April 20 from 11-12:00 PM PT online

Hosted by TelePharm in conjunction with NWRPCA, this workshop is an informational webinar designed to educate you about the concept of telepharmacy in the retail and outpatient setting. Join Greg Janes and Alex Graber to learn about telepharmacy and get your questions answered during the Q&A session afterward.

Learn more and register

2017 Spring Primary Care Conference

May 20-23 in Spokane, WA


This four-day conference will feature prominent keynote and plenary speakers, breakout sessions, networking with your primary care colleagues, policy and advocacy updates from NACHC, HRSA updates, and much more. View the latest agenda on our website.


Learn more about exhibitor, advertiser, and sponsor opportunities

Register now!

Managing Ambulatory Health Care III (MACH 3)

June 26-29 in Seattle, WA

This intensive program is a team-based course designed to improve the performance of clinical and administrative managers in community health centers who must work together effectively to optimally serve their communities.


This course addresses the following topic areas:

• Collaborative Management, Quality Improvement/Assurance, and Practice Transformation
• Strategic & Financial Planning
• Payment Reform
• Provider Recruitment, Retention, and Compensation
• Leadership Styles, Team-Building, and Managing Change

Learn more and apply


Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) University Training

July 17-18 in Tacoma, WA


The Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU) is an innovative and collaborative training conference between the FTCA Division and Region X PCAs that is being offered to members of the health center community. It is a great opportunity for seasoned quality and risk professionals, and new professionals, to learn from experts, leaders, and government officials in the areas of FTCA and related subject matters. Over the course of two days, attendees will participate in interactive presentations, and exercises that are all specially geared toward health center grantees in HRSA federal Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Register now!

Opportunities from Our Partners

From Darkness to Light: Honoring Success and Resilience at the Summer Solstice
April 18, 12:00-1:00pm PT
On June 21, several Health Care for the Homeless health centers have begun to hold Summer Solstice celebrations to honor individuals who have escaped homelessness and affirm that we can end homelessness for everyone. Join this webinar to learn the origins and values of the Summer Solstice celebration and how you can organize an event to honor success in your own community.
Register now


Health Outreach Partners: Conducting Community Needs Assessments
April 18, 12:00-12:45pm PT
Join HOP for Office Hours on conducting community health needs assessments! Whether you are gearing up for an upcoming needs assessment, thinking about how to reach out to a new patient population, or simply planning for your next funding cycle, the process can be confusing and we are here to help.
Learn more and register


VaxExpo 2017
May 17 in Spokane, WA
This is an event to encourage the exchange of ideas across a wide range of disciplines in the fields of vaccines and immunizations. Stipends are available for WA CHC staff.
Learn more


Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference
June 4-6 in Maui, Hawaii
This event will bring together healthcare leadership from across the region to focus on health center clinical and management teams--partnerships that spur innovation--with the goal of improving overall efficiency and effectiveness in care delivery.
Learn more


National A3 Collaborative
The Alliance for Integrated Medication Management is partnering with Apexus, the HRSA-designated Prime Vendor for the 340B Drug Pricing Program, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists to offer the 2017/2018 National A3 Collaborative, a year-long learning experience to help health care providers succeed in the new era of value-based payment programs.

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.


Recent openings:


Alaska: Registered Nurse at Dahl Memorial Clinic

Idaho: Bilingual Dental Assistant at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: CFO at Waterfall Community Health Center

Washington: Medical Clinic Manager at Cowlitz Family Health Center

Educational Opportunities

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

Region X Highlights

Read news highlights about Region X health centers.


Recent articles:


Alaska: Service members receive electronic medical record training at Kodiak Area Native Association

Idaho: State Senator Maryanne Jordan describes how expanding Medicaid in Idaho would lead to more jobs at community health centers

Oregon: Valley Family Health Care is partnering with a Latino-led nonprofit to provide free services for children and teens.

Washington: Esther Lucero, CEO of Seattle Indian Health Board, started working as an HIV case manager in the 1980s and still advocates for Native Americans with HIV.

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Clifton Larson Allen






Community Health Plan of Washington


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Northwest Pulse 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.


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.

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