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November 2016
Featured Articles

Two-Dose HPV Vaccination Series Now Recommended for Adolescents, 11-14 Years

Audrey Fine, American Cancer Society

The CDC recently revised its recommendation for the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination series. For children ages 9 through 14, only two doses instead of three is now recommended. Physician recommendation is the strongest predictor of receipt of vaccination. Data shows that providers are not recommending HPV vaccine with the same strength and consistency as for other vaccines.

Read more about the guidelines

Open Enrollment Begins for Health Centers

Jessica Burkard, NWRPCA

Open enrollment kicked off on November 1st and will continue through January 31st, 2017. Health center efforts have helped the nation’s uninsured rate reach an all-time low of 8.6% - the first time the uninsured rate has fallen below 9%. Region 10 health centers will remain critical players in enrolling the uninsured and assisting individuals with renewing or modifying their coverage.

Read more about enrollment efforts in each state

Spotlight Clinic Managers/Coordinators Next Month

Feature your Clinic Manager/Coordinator in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by December 9.

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Honoring Sharon Green

This month we said goodbye to Sharon Green, who started at NWRPCA eight years ago, and was most recently the Program Information Specialist. She was involved in many of NWRPCA’s conferences and special projects, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to her coworkers. Sharon is passionate about community health, and plans to continue to volunteer with health centers in the Seattle area. NWRPCA staff members celebrated Sharon’s time with us by attending a tasting event at a local fine foods store. Sharon will be missed, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

Professional Development

Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

The first webinar is tomorrow!

NWRPCA is 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.

Register now!

2017 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 22-24 in San Francisco, CA

This year's theme, Communities Mobilizing for Health Equity, will focus on how communities are working together to address health outcomes through innovative programs and models. Other topics such as farmworker health, immigration, chronic disease management and public health issues will also be featured. Read more about the Western Forum

Register now!

UDS Training

December 14-15 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

Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017

NWRPCA will be offering a series of ten behavioral health webinars from January - December 2017 that will serve as a platform each month for a blend of didactic trainings and interactive opportunities. Each month will examine a different topic via a 60-minute webinar.

Learn more and register

Corporate Compliance Training

January 23-24 in Seattle, WA

The compliance training taught by Jacki Leifer 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

Critical Skills for First Time Supervisors and Managers

March 21-22 in Portland, OR

In this highly interactive two-day course taught by Lisa Mouscher, participants learn to:

  • Develop flexible, responsive, productive, and customer-focused teams
  • Utilize behavioral interviewing to hire staff with the right skills and fit for the long-term
  • Coach and develop employees
  • Communicate for results, strengthen trust, and de-escalate conflict
  • Drive accountability and deliver results
  • Build strong, professional relationships with supervisors, leaders, peers, former peers, and direct reports
Register now!

2017 Spring Primary Care Conference

May 20-23 in Spokane, WA

This conference is a cornerstone of our educational offerings. Each conference brings together experts and learners to share knowledge and resources, as well as to energize each other in the quest for continual growth and improvement in all aspects of the CHC world.

Submit an abstract: Submission Deadline is Friday, December 16, 2016.

Exhibitor, Advertiser, and Sponsor Opportunities: To meet your marketing goals, consider a sponsorship from $500 to $10,000, with varied and negotiable benefits. Note that exhibit tables are tiered in price. We publish a professional printed program - a great place for advertising.

Learn more
Opportunities from Our Partners

The Learning Collaborative Approach to Quality Improvement and Medical Home Implementation
November 21, 11:00am-12:00pm PT
Webinar from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.
Register here

Tribal Health Presidential Transition Summit
December 8 in Washington, D.C.
This summit will discuss how to develop and advance the Tribal health agenda in 2017 and beyond.
Register here

Clinical Update on the Management of STDs and HIV Prevention
February 8-9 in Seattle, WA
Register here

Free Course on Emergency Preparedness Leadership
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice is offering a 3.5 hour online course to help you develop your emergency preparedness leadership skills and response.
Access the course here


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: Executive Director at Kodiak Community Health Center

Idaho: Dentist at Glenns Ferry Community Health Center

Oregon: Behavioral Health Consultant at Mosaic Medical

Washington: PA-C at NEW Health Programs Association

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: Anchorage health centers are partnering with Brother Francis Shelter to improve healthcare for the homeless.

Idaho: Heritage Health staff members helped conduct a training for school district staff on the effect of trauma in childrens' lives.

Oregon: One Community Health has Veggie Rx program to help food insecure patients get fruits and vegetables on the table.

Washington: A team of physicians from the Seattle Indian Health Board is headed to North Dakota to join opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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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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