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January 2017
Featured Articles

Recent Research on Agricultural Workers’ Social Determinants of Health and Health Outcomes

Susan Gabbard, JBS International

Editor's note: Susan will be presenting a session on this topic at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in San Francisco on February 23

Health centers are becoming involved in addressing barriers to agricultural workers’ health outcomes posed by social determinants of health. Researchers at JBS International analyzed data from the National Agricultural Workers Survey to better understand the relationship between the social determinants of health and agricultural workers’ health insurance coverage and health care utilization.

Read what they learned

Community Health Workers in the Primary Care Setting: Successful Practices and Training Development


Fabiola Herrera and Lizdaly Cancel, Benton County Health Services

Editor's note: Fabiola and Lizdaly will be presenting a session on this topic at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in San Francisco on February 23

The presence of CHWs in primary care is a result of the increased understanding of the role CHWs play in addressing the impact that social determinants of health have on a person’s health and the subsequent reduction of the related health care cost to the patients. In this article we will review the model that the CHW program at Benton County Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon offers specifically for those serving as part of their primary care teams.

Read more about the CHW program

Behavioral Health Spotlight: David Keene from CHAS Health

David Keene, LCSW at Latah Community Health, shines as a Behavioral Health Provider. Dave has played a huge role in the success of further integrating behavioral health and primary care in our clinic. He does this by working with the primary care providers to ensure that our patients receive the services needed to support their mental and social well-being, including ongoing availability for crisis intervention.

-Amy Isbelle, Clinic Administrator, Latah Community Health, CHAS Health

Read more about Dave

Spotlight on Health Center Finance Staff Next Month

Feature someone from your finance team in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by February 10.

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Explore our Region X Map!

Our Region X health center map shows the large range of health centers in the Northwest. Find health center locations by medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

Professional Development

2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 22-24 in San Francisco, CA

This year's conference will feature over 35 sessions covering an array of exciting and timely topics. View the conference brochure for more details.

Hurry! The early-bird deadline is January 31! Don't miss out on these incredible prices:

  • Regular conference fee: $300.00
  • Community Health Worker/Student/Americorps Volunteer Fee: $100.00
  • One-Day Conference Fee: $100.00

Register now!

Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

The next webinar, Engaging Everyone at the Board Table, is today at noon PST!

NWRPCA is offering a series of ten governance webinars from November 2016 - September 2017 that 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.

Participants who register midway through the series will receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Register now!

Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017

The next webinar, Exploring and Addressing Barriers to Integration, is February 8

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.

Participants who register midway through the series will receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Learn more and register

Critical Skills for First Time Supervisors and Managers

March 21-22 in Portland, OR

Are you a new manager or supervisor? This training is specifically designed for you.

In this highly interactive two-day course taught by Lisa Mouscher, participants learn to:

  •  Develop flexible, responsive, productive, and customer-focused teams
  •  Utilize behavioral interviewing to hire staff with the right skills and fit for the long-term
  •  Coach and develop employees
  •  Communicate for results, strengthen trust, and de-escalate conflict
  •  Drive accountability and deliver results
  •  Build strong, professional relationships with supervisors, leaders, peers, former peers, and direct reports

Learn more and register

Spring Renewal Retreat for Healthcare Providers

May 5-7 in Leavenworth, WA


With occupational stresses increasing due to changes in practice, regulation and clerical burdens, provider burnout is at record and increasing numbers. This program is designed to allow physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers to experience evidence-based strategies to bolster resiliency. This conference will involve extensive personal participation employing small group strategies, mindfulness and narrative medicine.

Register now!

2017 Spring Primary Care Conference

May 20-23 in Spokane, WA


Join us this spring in the Lilac City for our annual conference for community health center leadership, staff, and board members! The 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!


Exhibitor, Advertiser, and Sponsor Opportunities

Register now!

Opportunities from Our Partners

Pay-for-Performance: Incentivizing Clinicians
January 24, 8:00-9:30am PT
Daren Wu, CMO at Open Door Family Medical Centers, will present.
Register now

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Changes in Federal Policy Will Help Increase Access to Opioid Treatment in the HCH Community
January 25, 10:00-11:00 am PT
Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Register now


Clinical Update on the Management of STDs and HIV Prevention
February 8-9 in Seattle, WA
Register here


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: Care Coordinator at Native Village of Eyak

Idaho: Dentist at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Native American Rehabilitation Association

Washington: Kittias County Services Manager at Community Health of Central Washington

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: Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation celebrates opening of new alcohol healing center.


Idaho: Tim Heinze of Valley Family Health Care urges Idaho lawmakers to close the coverage gap.

Oregon: La Pine Community Health Center's produce voucher program has helped patients lose weight and improve blood pressure.


Washington: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, and Community Health of Central Washington are partnering together to educate the public to reduce ER use.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Clifton Larson Allen







Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank

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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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