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Celebrating 26 Years of the AHEC Program and OHSU Family Medicine Rural Rotation in Enterprise, OR


Meg Bowen, Winding Waters Clinic


Nestled on the slopes of the Wallowa Mountains in far Northeast Oregon, Winding Waters is one of the newest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the region. The original clinic opened its doors on January 29, 1975 and has served Wallowa County for over 40 years. In a frontier county with a population that hovers around 7,000 people, Winding Waters has been dedicated to meeting the complete primary care needs of Wallowa County residents and visitors. The number of staff has doubled since becoming an FQHC in August 2015, as we work to provide wraparound services to our community.

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Winding Waters Clinic

Transforming Communities through Partnership: Invest Health Initiative in Nampa, ID


Bethany Gadzinski, Terry Reilly Health Services

In 2016 the city of Nampa was selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. Invest Health is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality jobs.

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Look What Grew Up in Your Own Backyard!

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communications


Back in the early ‘80s, when the Primary Care Associations of the Northwest were first coming to life, and before the explosion of the region’s community health centers, seeds were sown for one of the most innovative and effective health care systems in the Northwest. Established in 1982, Southcentral Foundation (SCF) has transformed the health care of its patient population to an internationally respected and emulated system that Don Berwick called “the leading example of health care redesign in the nation, maybe the world.”

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Lynn Gerlach

Spotlight on Medical Assistants

"I first started at Outside In as one of our low income, at-risk youth patients. I became a Certified Medical Assistant 3 years ago and have focused all my time in the non-profit sector. I now work at Outside In, giving back to the very place that saved me. Compassion and empathy is so important, and a lot of our patients don’t get that while they are out on the streets. I make sure that every patient that I work with feels like they have value, they are being heard, and that I am truly here to help them. We all struggle, but it’s my job to make sure our patients have a helping hand to show them they are not alone."


-Krista Skoczylas, Medical Assistant, Outside In

Krista Skoczylas

Spotlight on Case Managers Next Month


Feature a fantastic Case Manager in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by August 8.

Email Alyssa now

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Welcome Leslie Fisher!

Leslie is NWRPCA's newest intern. Born and raised in Kirkland, WA, Leslie likes to read, travel, learn foreign languages, play the flute, and try new foods. She is currently working on her B.A. degree in English with minors in Spanish and Global Health at the University of Washington. Leslie hopes to learn as much as possible about community health centers, marketing communications, and the nonprofit sector while interning at NWRPCA. She says, "I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get to know everyone here and contribute to the community health movement!"

Professional Development

Free Community Health Improvement Summer Webinar Series

Join us to learn about vulnerable populations, coverage considerations, and how to ensure these populations are properly covered for fiscal sustainability. This series features subject matter experts from National Cooperative Agreements specializing in vulnerable populations and best practices from health centers staff doing the work.


Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: The Aging Population and How to Best Serve Them
This webinar has already occurred but can be accessed for free online.

Addressing the Needs of LGTBQ: Considerations to Maximize Care and Coverage
July 27, 12:00-1:30 pm PT

Reaching the Homeless: Outreach, Coverage, and Care Considerations
August 17, 12:00- 1:30 pm PT

Register now for the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference!

October 21-24 in Seattle


Together Toward Tomorrow: Celebrating 20 Years of Region 18

Registration is open for the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference in Seattle, Washington! Gather October 21-24 for exciting conference tracks and sessions, speakers, opportunities to meet with exhibitors, and much more!

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Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017


The next webinar, Strategic Planning, is July 19 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 remainder of all live webinars, and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

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Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017


The next webinar, Brief Interventions: Substance Abuse, is August 9, 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.

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Achieving the Apex: How Engagement Aligns Patient Satisfaction and Results

September 18 in Portland, OR

Employee engagement is more than “feel good” event. It is more than having a best friend at work. It is possible for engagement to directly contribute to an organization’s strategy and drive business outcomes. Join Theresa Kinney as she discusses how BlessingWhite’s X Model of Employee Engagement provide a venue for every single individual, manager and senior executive in any organization to contribute to and drive business outcomes through managing their own engagement.

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

February 22-24, 2018 in Seattle, WA

You are invited to submit an abstract to speak at our 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in Seattle, WA! 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, 2017.

 Submit an abstract now 

Opportunities from Our Partners

NACHC Webinar: Making Strides in Payment and Delivery Reform

July 21, 3-4 pm EST

Engaging in new payment and care delivery approaches can be a challenge but health centers across the country are rising to the occasion to make meaningful strides in patient care. Learn more about the strategies being used by a health center in New York and a network of health centers in Iowa.

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Borders and Barriers: How Population Health Nurses Are Moving Upstream to Address Refugee Health in Oregon

July 25, 12-1 pm PST

In this one-hour Northwest Center for Public Health Practice webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Kristen Beiers-Jones, MN, reviews how population health nurses in Oregon are moving upstream to improve refugee health.

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Exploring and Involving a Person’s Circle of Support to Improve Their Health and Wellness

July 26, 3-4 pm EST

This SAMHSA-HRSA webinar will provide an overview of the steps involved in the ‘Consumer Centered Family Consultation (CCFC)’ approach and the tools available to support staff. CCFC, is an easy to use approach that assists staff to engage consumers in identifying who they would like to assist them with achieving a specific recovery or wellness goal; how to reach out and invite the family or another person in the consumer’s network to a session; and how to successfully facilitate a session with the consumer, the identified support person and the staff person.

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Leveraging O&E Assisters in Community Health Centers

July 27, 11-12 pm CT

This CHAMPS session will help you understand changes to the Federal landscape and their impact on O&E staff in CHCs. Learn how other CHCs are identifying and implementing programs to support their O&E staff. Learn how CHCs are creating an atmosphere of collaboration between Community Health Workers and O&E Assisters.

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NACHC 2017 Community Health Institute & Expo

August 27-29, San Diego

The NACHC Com­mu­nity Health Insti­tute (CHI) and Expo is the largest annual gath­er­ing of health cen­ter clin­i­cians, exec­u­tives, con­sumer board mem­bers along with Health Cen­ter Con­trolled Net­works and State/Regional Pri­mary Care Asso­ci­a­tions. The national con­fer­ence will fos­ter oppor­tu­ni­ties for health cen­ter pro­fes­sion­als and con­sumer board mem­bers to net­work, share per­spec­tives and best prac­tices, and stay com­pet­i­tive and rel­e­vant in the health ­care mar­ket­place. A host of edu­ca­tional ses­sions and events will be offered on major top­ics rel­e­vant to the oper­a­tions and gov­er­nance of health cen­ters.

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Clinical STD Update

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.

Boise, ID, August 10: Register now
Yakima, WA, September 21: Register now


NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - IPCA

September 20-22, 2017 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


NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - APCA

October 9-11, 2017 in Anchorage, AK

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

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: Finance Director at Seward Community Health Center

Idaho: Physician at Valley Family Health Center

Oregon: Director of Nursing at Mosaic Medical

Washington: Dentist at Cowlitz Family Health Center

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: Tanana Chiefs Conference receive generous donations and awards to construct new health clinic in the Steese Highway community of Circle.

Idaho: Benewah Medical Center to provide free physicals.


Oregon: Central City Concern opens Hill Park apartments in downtown Portland.

Washington: Columbia Pediatrics to join Columbia Valley Community Health Center.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Nonstop Wellness




Cardinal Health


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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