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Alaska Primary Care Association's Apprenticeship Model


Cherise Fowler, Alaska Primary Care Association

Cherise will be on a panel at the Fall Primary Care Conference


Registered Apprenticeship can be a critical part of the workforce strategy related to healthcare reform as it is seen as a way to train long-term care workers and address some of the workforce issues including recruitment and retention, training a quality workforce and improving quality of patient care. The potential in utilizing the Registered Apprenticeship model is that worker skill levels can be raised along with patient care without huge cost increases.

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Cherise Fowler

Squeeze the orange, not the turnip. Ignoring the needs of your revenue cycle impacts patient care


Heather Niemi, Agatha Consulting

Heather will be presenting at the Fall Primary Care Conference

Imagine the impact you can make with a healthy revenue cycle. Really, take a moment and imagine what capturing your current leakage could mean…


…did you imagine hiring an additional technician? Upgrading your computer systems? Providing access to another 100 underinsured patients?

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about what you do next.

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Heather Niemi

Comprehensive 340B Programs Supporting Population-Health Outcomes in CHCs


Terri Terrault, Cardinal Health

Complying with strict provisions of the 340B Drug Pricing Program is a complex and rigorous process for health systems of any size, but especially challenging for facilities with limited resources such as critical access hospitals, HIV/AIDS program grantees, and community health centers. The good news is that, through 340B, CHCs can improve population health outcomes and pharmacy practice, while addressing strategic health center goals.

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Terri Terrault

Spotlight on Operations Staff


Mallory Lisk came to work for Community Health Center of Snohomish County in September 2013 as our Community Relations Manager. In January 2017, Mallory transferred into the role of Community Outreach and Enrollment Manager. Mallory has a remarkable ability to connect with our patients, our community partners, and bring it all together to benefit our patients. Mallory is always looking for new opportunities and new and unique ways to serve our patients. As an organization, we are very proud of the work that Mallory has done, the daily efforts she puts into improving the lives of our patients and look forward to what she will do next with the Outreach Department.


-Lisa Miller, Chief Operating Officer

Read more about Mallory

Spotlight on Medical Assistants Next Month

Feature a fantastic medical assistant in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by October 13.

Email Alyssa now

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Kurt Higuera
Remembering Kurt Higuera

Kurt Higuera, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Siskiyou Community Health Center and a former Board member of NWRPCA, passed away in June after a battle with cancer. Kurt was a beloved member of the community health center world, in Oregon as well the Northwest generally, and known for his unassuming manner and wonderfully insightful perspective. He had a long career in healthcare and was dedicated to serving the people of Josephine County. Kurt is remembered at his health center for being very dedicated to his work. During his time at Siskiyou, he oversaw a period of remarkable growth, including a patient increase of 50%, a staff size increase from 87 to over 200, the expansion of primary care and dental services in Grants Pass and Cave Junction, and the addition of pharmacies, a walk-in clinic, laboratory, radiology, and behavioral health services. Kurt is succeeded in the role by Rich Booth, who worked closely with Kurt as COO for many years. NWRPCA is proud to have worked with Kurt over the years. We'll miss you immensely, Kurt.

Health Center Funding Cliff

Without Congressional action to extend the funding by September 30th, Community Health Centers face a 70% reduction in federal funds, which the Department of Health and Human Services has estimated would lead to closure of 2,800 health center sites, elimination of more than 50,000 provider and staff positions, and a loss of access to care for some 9 million patients. A new and improved version of the 2017 Health Center Funding Cliff Impact Estimator is now available for health centers to use. The estimator can be downloaded here.


Contact Your Members of Congress and Ask them to Act Immediately to Fix the Health Center Funding Cliff

Professional Development

Register now for the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference!

October 21-24 in Seattle


Together Toward Tomorrow: Celebrating 20 Years of Region 18

Register today to attend timely and highly-anticipated conference sessions, opportunities to meet with exhibitors, and time to network with your peers! Educational tracks span the entire health center, including workforce, clinical, fiscal, and quality transformation, and we are thrilled to have HRSA hosting an immersive two-day track dedicated to the top three HHS priorities as well as grant opportunities and grant writing best practices.


Just announced: Dinner and Washington wine pairing networking event, only $45

Early bird deadline: September 29

Groups of four or more receive 10% off, groups of eight or more receive 15% off

Register now


Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

The last webinar, Key Communication Skills for Board Members, is tomorrow 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 last webinar and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Register now

Dr. Nathan Brown

2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health: Submit an Abstract

February 22-24, 2018 in Seattle

You are invited to submit an abstract to speak at our 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in Seattle! Submissions focusing on health care delivery, outreach and enrollment, policy and advocacy, and workforce leadership and development, and other topic areas that relate to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are highly desired.


Abstract submissions are due September 22

Submit an abstract now


Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017


The next webinar, Tackling Obesity Head-On in Primary Care, is November 8 at noon PT

NWRPCA is offering a series of ten behavioral health webinars 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.


Sign up for the remainder of all live webinars, and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Register now

Behavioral Health Webinar Series

UDS Training

December 4-5 in Seattle


Day 1:

The training addresses each of the UDS report’s tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report.


Day 2:
This session will address data disparities and what can be done about them. In addition, the workshop will introduce the "Guide for Improving Care Processes and Outcomes in FQHCs" that includes strategies and tools designed for quality, clinical and other health center staff to support quality improvement efforts.

Register now


Health Center Program Requirements-What's New? What's Different? What is Great Practice?

January 24-25 in Seattle

HRSA is issuing a new revision of the Health Center Program Requirements Compliance Manual, and while the basic requirements remain, there are many changes in the performance indicators and interpretations. Some new indicators for meeting them have been added; some others have been modified or deleted. This two-day training will go in-depth into what is required, what has changed, and how to meet and exceed the performance expectations. Successfully prepare for your next Operational Site Visit by attending this very important training!

Register now


Opportunities from Our Partners

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Webinar Series
September 6-26

Feldsman Tucker Leifer Fidell are presenting this webinar series, and NACHC will be offering each health center $50 off.
Learn more


Hot Topics in Health Care for Youth
September 19-29, 9:30-10:30 PT
This series is designed to assist health and human service providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, counselors, social workers, case managers, and other staff who interact with patients in a variety of settings, with recognizing key health issues for youth and developing strategies for improving access to related health care and human services.

Learn more

Messaging To Immigrant Patients and Protecting Patient Information
September 20, 1:00 to 2:30 PT
CPCA is offering this multi-part training program to help answer questions and address concerns that health centers and regional associations have regarding immigration and the impact that federal policies have on their patients and staff. NWRPCA's Seth Doyle will provide an overview of the impact that the anti-immigrant rhetoric has had on patients and share potential strategies that can be developed to help mitigate the impact.
Register here

NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - IPCA

September 20-22 in Boise, ID

The Idaho Primary Care Association, in coordination with Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, present a three-day training that is an in-depth guide to the 2017 NCQA recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition.

Register now


Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Tobacco
September 21, 9:00-10:00 PT

Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Leading Health Indicators.

Register now

How Health IT Works to Support Patient-Centered Medical Home
September 26, 12:00-1:00 PT
During this webinar, HITEQ will highlight the NCQA PCMH Core and Elective criteria and will also focus on advanced topics such as the Distinction Modules and eCQMs, and then end the learning session by taking a deeper dive to discuss the integral role pre-validated health IT plays in practice transformation and physician alignment with public and private payer programs that reward for value-based care.

Register here

BPHC All Programs Webcast
September 27, 11:00-12:00 PT
View the webcast


Medication-Assisted Treatment in an Integrated Group Visit Model
September 27, 12:00-1:00 PT

The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) has implemented a group visit model for providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. SIHB professionals will present information on how the integration of behavioral health with primary care transformed into a group visit model to provide MAT.
Register here

Addressing the Opioid Crisis Using Non-Traditional Professionals
September 28, 12:00-1:30 PT

Programs that utilize nurses, medical assistants and other paraprofessionals to assist traditional providers in addressing the opioid crisis will present best practices. Future opportunities and challenges of expanding the role of non-traditional providers in opioid treatment and prevention will also be explored and participants will be encouraged to participate in active discussion following the presentation.

Register here


Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos
October 3, 11:12:30 PT
Addressing childhood obesity among Latinos, OMH will partner with other federal agencies and stakeholders to highlight the prevalence data and explore the factors, such as culture, behavior, and environment, that have contributed to the increase of obesity in Latino children of all ages and highlight programs and strategies that addresses this issue.

Register here

Equity and Preterm Birth: A Context for Action
October 3, 12:00-1:00 PT
This webinar will summarize the state of knowledge about equity and preterm birth, with an emphasis on populations at highest risk.
Register now

NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - APCA

October 9-11 in Anchorage, AK

The Alaska Primary Care Association is pleased to bring the expertise of the National Committee for Quality Assurance to Alaska with an upcoming two-part education seminar for health professionals.

Register now


12th Annual Latino Health Forum

October 12 in Seattle

Sea Mar Community Health Centers' Latino Health Forum is an event dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices, and the advancement of health for the Latino community. This event attracts health care experts and activists serving Latinos in the Pacific Northwest to participate in open dialogue and forums on current topics affecting the health of Latinos on regional, national, and international levels.

Register now


Clinical STD Update

November 29 in Eugene, OR

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. CME/CNE is offered for this class. An optional Clinical Practicum is available upon completion.

Register now


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: Behavioral Health Consultant at Interior Community Health Center

Idaho: Medical Director at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: Chief Financial Officer at The Wallace Medical Concern

Washington: Billing Manager at Unity Care NW

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: The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation operates a prematernal home, where women come 30 days before their due dates to ensure they deliver with a provider.


Idaho: The Community Council of Idaho started a new legal services program to help immigrant families.


Oregon: South River Community Health Center and Umpqua Community Health Center work together to make change in Douglas County.


Washington: Community health workers are re-shaping patient care in the Yakima Valley.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Cardinal Health






Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank

Featured Vendors


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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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