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Helping Patients Successfully Manage Type 2 Diabetes: Rinehart Clinic’s Diabetes Risk Reduction Program


Denise Weiss, RN, Quality Director and Leigh Ann Hoffhines, Communications Manager, Rinehart Clinic


Rinehart Clinic’s healthcare team has long recognized the challenges patients with diabetes face and the impact the disease has on the health of the broader community. Roughly nine percent of Tillamook County residents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and nearly 33 percent of adults are at risk for the disease.

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Stopping Falls, Saving Lives


Carolyn Ham, WA State Department of Health


Helping older adult patients prevent injuries can save lives, and improve quality of life for patients and families. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalization for adults ages 65 and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every eleven seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency department for a fall, and every nineteen minutes an older adult dies from a fall. However, many falls are preventable with evidence-based interventions. Falling is not a normal part of getting older, and the negative cycle started by a fall can be stopped. Healthcare providers can help patients prevent falls by following three easy steps: Screen, Assess and Intervene.

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Arcora Foundation: Improving Oral Health and Health Equity


Diane Oakes, President and CEO

Arcora Foundation, formerly Washington Dental Service Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to improving oral health in Washington. Our mission is to improve health by bending the arc of oral health toward equity. We work with partners to create significant and lasting changes that prevent disease, improve access to care and transform health systems.

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Series Feature: Health Centers Tackling the Opioid Epidemic


Treasure Valley Gets it Right!

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication
-an interview with Cindy Miller, RN, Program Director, Allumbaugh House, Terry Reilly Health Services


Continuing our conversation about the crisis of prescription opioid abuse, diversion and addiction, we travel today to Idaho, specifically to the Treasure Valley. Here we encounter a one-of-a-kind treatment center, born of community passion to do the right thing, and ultimately managed by a highly respected community health center.

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 Spotlight on Health Center Staff

Spotlight on IT Staff Next Month


Feature a fantastic IT staff member in next month's edition! Please send Brianna Oliver a short bio and photo by April 9.

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Suite 330: NWRPCA News


Special Thanks to Departing Staff


It’s with bittersweet emotions that we at NWRPCA say thanks and goodbye this month to two of our staff family, our Workforce Development program manager Naveen Kanithi and our Member Services Manager Alyssa Panning. Read more...




Nominate Health Center Champions for 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 2018 Legacy Award


Summit Award- The 2018 Summit Award will be given to an outstanding leader in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Nominate someone for the 2018 Summit Award

Learn more about our annual awards and see past winners


Nominations are due next Friday, March 23!

We're Hiring!


Come join our team!


Program Support Associate II

Professional Development

Primary Care and Behavioral Health Team-based Care Webinar Series


January-December 2018

Are you working with patients that may be difficult to engage? Do you struggle to help your patients learn how to improve their health? Join us and learn how to engage and improve outcomes of patients through the work of your care team.


In this ten-part webinar series, we will cover many clinical and operational best practices within behavioral health. There will be one 60-minute webinar each month that will examine a different topic. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic training and opportunities to interact together to share ideas and ask questions.

Register now

Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management Year-Long Webinar Series

January-December 2018


In this ten-part webinar series, participants will cover a variety of topics that promote and inform community health-driven chronic disease prevention and self-management methods and practices. There will be one 60-minute webinar each month throughout the 2018 calendar year that will examine a different topic. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic trainings and interactive conversations to share ideas and ask questions.

Anyone part of the care team is encouraged to join this webinar series. Care teams that jointly participate in the series will benefit greatly.

Register now

Addressing Diabetes Through Patient Engagement and Technology

April 20 in Boise, ID


Diabetes is on the mind of everyone working in healthcare. IPCA and NWRPCA are collaborating to bring you the latest research and resources so you will have tools to improve patient lifestyle and medication adherence, and consequently improve overall diabetes care and patient clinical outcomes. Learn from health centers throughout the region about the diabetes projects they are engaged in, and hear from national diabetes experts on evidence-based practices and technologies to engage patients and families in planning, delivery and evaluation of diabetes care.

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Spring Primary Care Conference

May 19-22 in Portland, OR


The annual Spring Primary Care Conference is one of our cornerstone offerings. Open to all organizations and individuals interested and/or working in community health, join us to learn from prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, network with primary care colleagues, and much more. The Spring Primary Care Conference also hosts NWRPCA's annual membership meeting.


View the draft agenda

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Finance Management Bootcamp

June 19-20 in Seattle, WA


The Finance Management Bootcamp two-day training is designed for people relatively new to the FQHC industry and would like to become familiar with all the terms, issues, and regulations facing FQHCs. The objectives of this session will be geared toward educating new CFOs and other finance/business office personnel of FQHCs with all the topics and relevant issues they will need to know.

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Free Webinar! Engaging Individual Major Donors in the Work of Your Health Center: A Proven Model

June 19 from 1:00-2:00 PM PT


In this webinar, you will learn:

- An overview of the Benevon Model, a proven system for building sustainable funding from multiple-year individual donors

- How to implement mission-focused, permission-based fundraising

- How to make your health center more visible in your community

- How to identify and personally cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission.

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Crucial Management Skills for CHC Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors of All Levels

September 26-27 in Anchorage, AK


Great management skills are necessary for CHC managers at every level of your organization! This CHC-specific course provides an opportunity for leaders, managers and supervisors throughout your health center to learn, reinvigorate, and practice a wide range of management skills crucial to effectively hire, train, manage, and develop others. This training will provide two days of intensive, hands-on learning for immediate implementation and long-term impact.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Clinical STD Update
March 15 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 now


Training for New Clinical Directors
March 17-18 in Washington, DC

This NACHC training provides the core knowledge and competencies that all health center Clinical Directors need to function as effective managers, leaders, and advocates for their health centers and communities.

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APCA 2018 Data-Driven Population Health Quality Improvement Summit
April 9-11, 2018 in Anchorage, AK

Join with your Alaska Community Health Center colleagues at this two and a half-day summit to improve your clinic’s ability to capitalize on your data and impact the health of your patient populations.

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Community Health Worker Conference

April 12-13 in Lynnwood, WA
This conference is for community health workers from across the state to come together to learn new skills, support and empower each other, and showcase their own successes.
Learn more


CHAMPS/DMS Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals

April 20-23 in Denver, CO
CHAMPS, in conjunction with Denver Medical Society, offers an annual medical Spanish language training for clinicians and clinical support staff at Region VIII health centers. This four-day course is an intensive, conversational and medical Spanish workshop consisting of medical dialogues, role-plays, visual aids, cross-cultural discussions, and daily practice.

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CHAMPS CORE Competency Training for New CHC Supervisors and Managers

April 24-25 in Golden, CO
This course, specifically designed for new (or relatively new) supervisors and managers at community, migrant, and homeless health centers, offers intensive, hands-on, and immediately applicable skill-building to successfully navigate management and supervisory roles in the fast-paced health center environment.

Learn more


13th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health

June 18-21 in Oakland, CA
The Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health is an international event that provides an inter-disciplinary applied research platform for migration and global health, that includes public health, public policy, and social sciences perspectives.

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: Staff Physician at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Idaho: Finance Director at Glenns Ferry Health Center

Oregon: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at OHSU Family Medicine of Richmond

Washington: Chief Financial Officer 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: Behavioral health meeting focuses on data to prevent suicides


Idaho: Dentist on wheels: Mobile clinic brings care to low-income children


Oregon: Living Well Workshop helps those suffering from chronic pain


Washington: U.S. senator tells Peninsula health officials of opioid efforts

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Cardinal Health





Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



Featured Vendors


McKesson Henry Schein

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.


® Northwest Regional Primary Care Association 2018


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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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