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Training the the Next Generation: Postgraduate Residency Training Programs in Community Health Centers


Kerry Bamrick, MBA Director, Postgraduate Residency Training Programs

Community Health Center Inc. and its Weitzman Institute

Kerry will discuss their Postgraduate Residency Training Programs and the Challenges, Opportunities and Outcomes of Training the Next Generation of Health Care Providers at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.

Primary care nurse practitioners are ideal candidates to serve as primary care providers in the complex setting of community health centers, given their professional orientation, interest, and training towards holistic care that integrates the personal, clinical, familial, social, and community aspects of preventive, routine, and chronic illness care into practice.

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First World Problems


Kay Frances, MBA and Motivational Humorist, will speaking at the Opening Plenary at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference

There is a phrase that was coined a few years ago: "First World Problems." The phrase is used to minimize complaints about trivial issues by shaming the complainer, or as good-humored self-deprecation.

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Series Feature: Health Centers Tackling the Opioid Epidemic


Integrating Evidence-Based Care and Community-Based Solutions in Portland

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication
- an interview with Andy Mendenhall, M.D. and Leslie Tallyn, M.A.


When Dr. Andy Mendenhall took on the job of Senior Medical Director – Substance Use Disorder Services at Central City Concern (CCC), he was coming home, in a way. A graduate of the University of Portland, he had completed medical school at OHSU and had done his residency as a Family Physician at Family Medicine at Richmond. Early in his medical training, he had rotated at Hooper Detoxification Center with Dr. Jim Thayer M.D. and had been struck by the rawness of the medical needs of homeless patients suffering from substance use disorders.

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 Data Points

Region X Health Centers Serve a Greater Share of the Public


Since 2012, health centers across the nation have steadily increased their patient populations, serving 22% more patients in 2016 than they did just four years earlier. Health centers in Region X are no different. The number of health center patients served in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington increased from 1,359,042 in 2012 to 1,703,473 in 2016.

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Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Western Forum 2018 Recap

The 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health was held February 22-24 in beautiful (and snowy!) Seattle, Washington. Nearly 300 attendees from 20 states participated in the three-day event featuring two plenary sessions, 36 breakout sessions, 20 posters, and 22 exhibitors.

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Stay Connected to NWRPCA

Are you interested in staying up to date on the latest Health Center news and educational opportunities? Connect with us on our LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to be the first to know about upcoming NWRPCA conferences, trainings, and webinars. Also, don’t miss out on recordings and presentations from past trainings and workshops on our YouTube channel and Learning Vault.

We're Hiring!

NWRPCA is currently hiring a Member Services Specialist. Visit our website for the complete job description.

Professional Development

Free webinar!


It's Not Too Early to be Thinking about 2018 UDS Reporting for Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers and their Families

April 19 from 11 AM-12 PM PT


Brought to you in partnership by NWRPCA and CHAMPS, this free webinar will enable participants to understand the history of the Migrant Health Program and current efforts underway (i.e., Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign), understand the funding allocation mix for health centers and the importance of accurate reporting for all special populations patients, including Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers and their families, and foster a common understanding for all staff, including clinical, financial, outreach, and front-desk, who have a role to play in the UDS reporting process.

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

January-December 2018


Participants will cover a variety of topics that promote and inform community health-driven chronic disease prevention and self-management methods and practices in this ten-part webinar series. 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.


The next webinar of the series, Care Coordination: The Role of the Clinician, is April 25 from 12-1 PM PT.

Register now

Free webinar!


Nuts and Bolts to Identifying Migratory and Seasonal Agricultural Workers and their Families in Your Health Center

April 26 from 11 AM - 12 PM PT


Brought to you in partnership with NWRPCA and CHAMPS, this free webinar will review why it is important to identify MSAWs and their families served by health centers, discuss the elements of proper identification of MSAWs and their families, and identify common mistakes and best practices in the identification methods (e.g., Quality Improvement processes) of identifying and registering MSAWs and their families as patients.

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Free Webinar!


Customer Service: The Art of Caring

April 27 from 12-1 PM PT


Join this free, highly engaging webinar for CHC employees at all levels to gain crucial skills, ideas, and strategies to immediately improve customer service at your health center. During the hour, Lisa Mouscher will discuss the critical importance of great customer service and provide a wide range of concrete tools and techniques for making exceptional service part of every interaction.

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Free webinar!


A New Way for Health Centers to Fund Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

May 3 at 10 AM PT


Health centers across the country are moving away from the traditionally fully-insured model of insurance to lower healthcare costs, and to improve health benefit coverage for staff. Join the conversation to hear how partial self-insurance, specifically the Nonstop Wellness program, has helped more than 30 health centers across the country take control of their health benefits.

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Expanding Your Clinical Workforce: Residency Development Seminar

May 18 in Portland, OR


Federally Qualified Health Centers have many options and issues to understand when considering their possible involvement in a Graduate Medical Education program. Do you want to partner with a university or hospital? What will this cost? Do you want to own and operate the program, or are there other models? How long does it take? What are the benefits?

The answer to these and many other questions will be part of a one day workshop hosted by WACMHC and NWRPCA and led by national GME experts, Drs. Kiki Nocella and Dr. Mike Maples. Come with your questions and ideas and join with other FQHCs in Washington as we learn how to establish quality residency programs that will graduate physicians dedicated to serving underserved populations.

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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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Primary Care and Behavioral Health Team-based Care Webinar Series


January-December 2018

Join us and learn how to engage and improve outcomes of patients through the work of your care team. This ten-part webinar series covers many clinical and operational best practices within behavioral health. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic training and opportunities to interact together to share ideas and ask questions.


The next webinar of the series, Expanding the Team Beyond the Four Walls, is June 13 from 12-1 PM PT.

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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

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.

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Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference

June 3-5, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ
This event will bring together healthcare leadership from across the region to focus on health center clinical and management teams with the goal of improving overall efficiency and effectiveness in care delivery. For full conference details, please visit

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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.

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Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU)

June 19-20 in Sacramento, CA
Join the California Primary Care Association and the Nevada Primary Care Association for their upcoming training, Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU), an innovative and collaborative training conference presented by Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Federal Tort Claims Division to members of the health center community.

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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: Clinical Support Supervisor at Interior Community Health Center

Idaho: Nurse Practitioner at CHAS Health

Oregon: Family Practice Physician at Mosaic Medical

Washington: Communicable Disease Program Manager at Unity Care Northwest

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: Narcan kits now available free of charge


Idaho: Several resources in North Idaho available to people dealing with mental health issues


Oregon: Countywide efforts to reduce narcotic prescribing has dramatic effects


Washington: King County health officials concerned over rare infectious disease outbreaks in homeless population

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




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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