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October 2016
Featured Articles

Wellness Skills for Pain Management at Unity Care Northwest

Stacey Speelman, Unity Care NW

One of the great challenges in any primary care setting is the management of chronic pain. Unity Care’s treatment protocol for our patients is to use more than one approach to treating chronic pain. Included in this multimodality approach is the Wellness Skills for Pain Management group. With a focus on behavioral activation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, participants learn self-care skills, meditation, guided imagery, mindfulness, and breathing. These evidence-based modalities improve pain management outcomes and also address secondary diagnoses, such as Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety.

Read more about the group

The Rural Immersion Institute of the North: Inspiring Future Rural Providers

Gloria Burnett, Alaska's AHEC Program

The Alaska Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program provides a pathway for students to prepare for and enter into healthcare careers, leading them into the workforce and supporting their continued development. Students can take part in a one-of-a-kind experience traveling to some of the most remote communities in the United States in order to walk in the shoes of healthcare providers in the Last Frontier.

Read more about the institute

The Importance of Remaining Employee-Focused in Times of Financial Uncertainty

Jim White, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has opened the doors to transformation in the healthcare industry, paving the way for innovative approaches that reinvent the way nonprofit organizations can offer health insurance to their employees. Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to explore these new options as they allow for more affordable and better quality benefits at less cost to the organization.

Learn more about these options

Spotlight on HR Staff

Eric Oslund has been with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for 12 years, the past 10 as the agency’s Employee Performance & Talent Development Manager. One of his most recent successes has been the development of an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency Training Program, created via a partnership with a local university. Early results indicate that staff are better able to manage stress at work and at home; are able to be more ‘present’ during patient care activities; and staff experience an increase in team effectiveness and prosocial behaviors. Eric is also well-known for sending - or replying to - emails at all hours.

Gabriela Downey, Director, HR, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Next month is operations month. If you would like to feature any member of your operations staff, please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by November 10.

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Development Strategies to Build on Capital Projects, Expand Programs, and Provide Health Care

In the Northwest, many community health centers (CHCs) are having a positive impact through a range of development strategies. If you and your CHC team are looking to start or further your development strategy, this is the time to do so! The end of the year is a great time to connect with your community, share about your health center, and raise funds - especially with #GivingTuesday around the corner on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Read more

Honoring Two Northwest Health Center Leaders

I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of NWRPCA, to thank and honor two outstanding Northwest health center leaders and recent NWRPCA Board members who've retired in the past several months: Erwin (Ern) Teuber, Executive Director of Oregon Health & Science University's Family Health Center at Richmond, and Al Cordova, CEO of Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco, WA. Both men leave legacies of remarkable achievement in community health and the deep affection and admiration of their Northwest CHC colleagues. Read more

-Bruce Gray, CEO, NWRPCA

Professional Development

2016 Fall Primary Care Conference

October 15-18 in Denver, CO

The conference begins this Saturday in Denver! Registration is available on-site every day.

Presented in partnership with Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) and Western Clinicians Network (WCN)

Register now!

Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

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

Learn more and register

UDS Training

December 13-14 in Portland, OR

The Uniform Data System (UDS) in-person training covers the preparation of the 2016 UDS Report. The UDS training is aimed at those who are responsible for gathering and reporting the data elements included in the UDS Report, as well as management and clinical staff who need to understand the definitions and concepts used and those who use the data in their program management and improvement activities. 

CPE credits are available for this training. Presented in partnership with the Oregon Primary Care Association.

Learn more and register

Corporate Compliance Training

January 23-24 in Seattle, WA

The compliance training will offer updates on the financial, clinical and regulatory risk areas affecting health centers and will offer guidance on how health center compliance programs can take action to address these risk areas.

Learn more and register

Opportunities from Our Partners

National Health Care for the Homeless Council webinars:

  • Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Tools and Resources for HCH Staff
    October 12 from 10:00-11:30 PM
    Register here
  • Trauma is the Public Health Issue of Our Time
    October 13 from 12:00-1:30 PT
    Register here
  • Ask & Code: Documenting Homelessness Throughout the Health Care System
    October 25 from 12:00-1:00 PT
    Register here

Trans Health 201: A Deeper Dive into Providing Culturally-Appropriate Care from Patient and Provider Perspectives
October 17, 10:00-12:00 PT
Register here

Trauma-Informed Care: "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are NOT Destiny"
October 19, 10:00-11:00 PT
Register here

Clinical STD Update

November 2 in Portland, OR
One-day didactic course which provides participants with training in the most recent advancements in epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of viral and bacterial STDs. Learn more

Financial, Operations Management/IT Conference (FOM/IT)
November 2-4 in Las Vegas, NV
NACHC’s FOM/IT con­fer­ence is a gath­er­ing of health cen­ter senior lead­ers, man­agers, and staff CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs and finance, oper­a­tions and IT staff to share tech­niques and tools and dis­cover strate­gies to trans­form their orga­ni­za­tions. 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.


Most recent openings:


Alaska: Behavioral Health Clinician at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center in Anchorage

Idaho: Dental Assistant at Valley Family Health Care in Payette

Oregon: Mental Health and Addictions Counselor at Central City Concern in Portland

Washington: Process Improvement Nurse at Unity Care NW in Bellingham

Educational Opportunities

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

Region X Highlights

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Read news highlights about Region X health centers.


Recent articles:


Alaska: Alaska Legal Services is partnering with SEARHC to deliver legal assistance to patients.


Idaho: Staff members from Kaniksu Health Services discuss their work at "The Geezer Forum."


Oregon: The Columbia Gorge region received a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health prize; One Community Health is a key health provider in the region.

Washington: The uninsured rate is the lowest ever in King County, thanks to the work of Navigators at Public Health-Seattle & King County.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Clifton Larson Allen





HomeStreet Bank



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.


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