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February 2017
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Health Centers are Key to Violence Prevention

Anna Marjavi, Futures Without Violence


Editor's note: Anna will be presenting on this topic at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in San Francisco on February 22


Given their enormous reach and overarching goals to promote health and safety, health centers are uniquely positioned to be leaders in intimate partner violence prevention across the U.S. Futures Without Violence recently worked with 10 health centers and 10 domestic violence programs on a national pilot project to promote partnerships, expand capacity, and improve outcomes for survivors of abuse.

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Achieving Health Equity through Enabling Services – You do it. Now prove it!

Juli Hishida, National Health Care for the Homeless Council


Editor's note: There will be a presentation on this topic at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in San Francisco


As the health care industry moves toward a better understanding of the relationship between SDOH and health outcomes, there is more pressure to provide data to back up our claims; that yes indeed, health education improves treatment adherence, or providing access to nutrient-dense meals affects immune system functioning and cognitive development. AAPCHO developed a nationally-recognized and standardized model specifically for collecting and analyzing enabling service data, and Health Outreach Partners and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have partnered with AAPCHO to further develop and promote this tool.

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Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Jessica Burkard, NWRPCA


Next week’s Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health features an array of diverse speakers highlighting significant issues related to migrant and community health. Hosted in the City by the Bay, the Forum will address topics including health equity, social determinants of health, immigration, and other trending issues such as community health worker efficacy and development.

Read more about the Forum and register

Finance Spotlight: Maryann Freepartner

Maryann has been our Accounting Manager at Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska since November 2014. She is detail-oriented, organized, competent, intelligent, and a great asset to the organization. She works diligently on grant reporting, USAC, month end, and the annual audit, to name a few. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, furry friends, and painting.


-Jennifer Youngberg, CFO, Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska

Spotlight on Front Desk Staff Next Month

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

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Nominate a Colleague for Our Annual Awards

Legacy Award- Honors an individual who has dedicated his/her career to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who has contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Northwest region.
Nominate someone for the 2017 Legacy Award


Summit Award- The 2017 Summit Award will be given to an outstanding leader in community partnership development at a community health center.
Nominate someone for the 2017 Summit Award

Professional Development

2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 22-24 in San Francisco, CA

It's not too late to register! This year's conference will feature over 35 sessions covering an array of exciting and timely topics. View the conference program and join us next week!

Register now!

Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017


The next webinar, Must-Have Board Policies and Procedures, is tomorrow at noon PST

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, Treating Depression with Compassion, is March 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.

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. View the draft agenda and plan to be in Portland next month.


Hurry! There are only a few spots left.

Learn more and register

Spring Renewal Retreat for Healthcare Providers

May 5-7 in Leavenworth, WA


This program is designed to allow physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers to experience evidence-based strategies to bolster resiliency. The retreat 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!

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

Opportunities from Our Partners

Million Hearts 2022 Webinar
February 21, 11:30-1:00 PT
View the webinar


Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations
March 15, in-person or webcast
This is a one-day public workshop that will feature presentations and discussion on facilitating health communication related to immigrant, refugee, and migrant populations through the use of health literate approaches.
Register to attend the in person event or watch the live webcast


Clinical STD Update
March 16, 2017 in Spokane, WA
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.
Register here


Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Training. Connecting to Care™: Patient Guide Training:
March 20-22 in Seattle, WA
This is an intensive continuing education program that provides new skills and professional development opportunities for bilingual individuals serving as medical interpreters, patient guides, patient navigators and medical staff working in patient care coordination.
Learn more


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


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: RN/Clinical Director at Kodiak Community Health Center

Idaho: Dentist at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: Billing Supervisor at Klamath Health Partnership

Washington: Executive Director at Country Doctor Community Health Centers

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: Frank Yaska of Tanana Chiefs Conference has made it his goal to visit 42 villages to teach Alaska youth about tobacco use


Idaho: Community Council of Idaho is fearful for what is to come for its clients, many of whom are Latino immigrants.

Oregon: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center clinics declare themselves "safe havens."

Washington: Public Health- Seattle & King County, in partnership with Neighborcare Health, employs community health workers who break down barriers to care and build trust.


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.

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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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