QuickNotes July 2016
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Colorectal Cancer Screening at Idaho CHC

Adam Richins, Family Health Services

In 2015, when our colorectal cancer screening percentages were evaluated, our organization as a whole was at 18%, so Family Health Services (FHS) pursued a new focus. With this focus came a change in work flows, outreach, and provider discussions. In an effort to move the Healthy People Initiative forward, FHS has recognized the national goal of colorectal cancer screening of 70.5% by 2020, and the Idaho state goal of 80% by 2018.

Read how they did it

NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

EHCI Project Featured in JAMA Article

Education Health Center Initiative (EHCI) lead consultant, Kiki Nocella,PhD, MHA, co-authored an article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, titled "The Cost of Residency Training in Teaching Health Centers."  The authors discuss expenses and revenue per resident, and the study showed the average cost to train a Teaching Health Center resident is estimated to be $157,602 per year.

Read the full article

Kiki will be presenting at the NACHC Community Health Institute in Chicago August 28-30. Contact Naveen Kanithi to set up a meeting with her.

NWRPCA Welcomes Thomas Johnson

Thomas, Program Support Associate, is NWRPCA's newest staff member. Thomas is a recent Seattleite, having spent most of his life in the Tampa Bay area. His professional background is somewhat diverse, but he has primarily worked with organizations affiliated with either education or labor activism. He says, "I’m a newcomer when it comes to community healthcare, but I’m excited to be a member of NWRPCA’s team!" Thomas will be managing NWRPCA's event registrations.

ATSU Students Celebrate End-of-Year

Congratulations to NWRPCA's ATSU students for completing another year!  The students celebrated with a dinner at the McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland with family, friends, and NWRPCA staff.














Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, Jamie Viterna, and Katie Siri

Recognize Your Behavioral Health Staff

Next month, NWRPCA will be highlighting behavioral health staff.  If your health center has an outstanding behavioral health staff member, send a brief description of why that person deserves to be recognized and a photo to Alyssa Panning at apanning@nwrpca.org by August 10. We will feature him or her here!

Showcase Your National Health Center Week Event

National Health Center Week is August 7-13.  We encourage Region X Health Centers to add your event to the website and check out what other health centers are doing to celebrate the week.

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

NEW! NWRPCA Presents: Speakers Bureau

Training CHC staff is one of NWRPCA’s highest priorities. We are known for quality conferences and regional trainings, but we know that not all of our member staff can travel to our trainings.  Our goal is to help meet our member’s training needs in more parts of our region. For help in planning your training, please consider the following new NWRPCA services:

  • Speaker referral service: NWRPCA will help connect CHCs who are looking for an expert to come to their location and present on high priority topics. 
  • Support services for your training: We know that planning a training can be a heavy lift. NWRPCA can offer event coordination support services. 
  • NWRPCA Speakers Bureau Roadshow: NWRPCA is committed to scheduling at least two trainings per year in more diverse locations within the Northwest. This will allow NWRPCA learning opportunities to be more accessible to participants that otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a training.

Learn more

Community Health Improvement Webinar Series: Understanding and Reaching Vulnerable Populations

NWRPCA is pleased to announce a webinar series this summer addressing how community health centers can better serve vulnerable populations. The focus will be on understanding the unique characteristics of each group, outreach tactics, and programs and resources available to connect them to care and coverage. This complimentary three part webinar series, held during the last week of each month, will be presented by diverse speakers from across the region.

Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign: A Recipe for Success
July 26, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PT

Supporting Refugees: A Background and How to Best Serve Them
August 2016
Registration information will be available soon

For more information about this webinar series, or other Community Health Improvement Program activities please contact Jessica Burkard.

Behavioral Health Integration Training
August 8-9, 2016 in Boise, ID

Registration is open

The integration of behavioral health in primary care is a paramount issue for health centers all over the country. Cherokee Health Systems has evolved a fully integrated practice over the last 40 years; you will learn not only the intricacies of the clinical approach, but also the vital administrative, operational, financial and collaborative components that support and sustain the model.

NWRPCA is pleased to offer the Behavioral Health Integration training, sponsored in part by Idaho Primary Care Association.


Critical Skills for First Time Supervisors and Managers
September 20-21, 2016 in Seattle, WA

Leadership, managers, and supervisors should attend this highly interactive two-day course.

Instructor: Lisa Mouscher, Sogence Training and Consulting

Learn more and register

Fall Primary Care Conference
October 15-18 in Denver, CO

Look forward to an array of exciting conference tracks and sessions, speakers, and opportunities to meet with exhibitors! Take advantage of conference networking during our Welcome Reception and while enjoying beautiful Denver,  and prepare to be inspired by keynote speakers during the opening and closing plenaries.

Learn more and register

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Health Equity in the Well Woman Exam
July 22, 11:00am-12:00pm PT
From The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, low income women and immigrants face many barriers to obtaining health care. Many have different beliefs about health and well-being than the traditional allopathic medicine practiced here. In this webinar, presenters will highlight some barriers to obtaining well woman exams in special populations and ways they have addressed them.
Register here

Practical Art of Health Center Operations (PAHCO) Seminar
July 27-29, 2016, Denver, CO
The PAHCO Seminar, developed for health center executives and managers, provides helpful strategies to maximize your center’s productivity and resources. Tailored for the health center COO, practice/clinic manager or supervisor, and front desk manager or supervisor, PAHCO helps participants find answers to common health center customer service issues and learn about the true importance of patient-staff interactions.
Register here

Idaho Clinical STD Update
August 10, 2016, Meridian, Idaho
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. This course is designed for clinicians practicing in Federal Region X.  Although focusing on STDs in Idaho, clinicians from any state are welcome to attend.  CME/CNE is offered for this class. An optional Clinical Practicum is available upon completion.
Learn more

Managing Ambulatory Health Care (MAHC II): Advanced Course for
Clinical Leaders in Community Health Centers

September 12-15, 2016, Boston, MA
MAHC II  is a four-day program designed for health center clinicians who have undertaken significant managerial and leadership responsibilities, yet are unable to take time away from the organization to complete a degree program in public health or health administration. This course can help clinicians expand their knowledge of management concepts and understand their leadership role in effectively guiding their health center through times of uncertainty and change. 
Apply online here

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page

NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.


Cross Road Medical Center

Delta Junction, AK


Valley Family Health Care

New Plymouth, ID


Executive Director

OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond

Portland, OR


Social Worker or Counselor

Unity Care NW

Bellingham, WA

Region X Highlights 

Brought to you by Jones and Roth  


Southcentral Foundation provides resources to prevent and deal with child abuse. Read full article

Kodiak Area Native Association hosts a Community Health Summit to discuss substance abuse treatment. Read full article


Dr. Andrew Baron, chief medical officer of Terry Reilly Health Services, discusses how expanding Medicaid will help Idahoans. Read full article

Heritage Health hosts a chronic pain summit with local partner A Way Forward. Read full article

Terry Reilly Health Services opens new Boise clinic. Read full article


Mosaic Medical using HRSA grant to hire new providers who specialize in substance abuse and allow more to get certified to prescribe buprenorphine. Read full article

Central City Concern will take over running Portland's Joyce Hotel, long the home of some of the city's most vulnerable. Read full article


Peninsula Community Health Services providing dental at Kitsap Mental Health Services campus. Read full article

Dr. Saul Valencia, new medical director of Tri-Cities Community Health, describes his path from orchard worker to his current position. Read full article

Family Health Centers is partnering with local organization Room One to launch the Contraception Access Program in the Methow Valley. Read full article

Providers at Community Health of Central Washington describe the benefits of prescribing Suboxone. Read full article

The City of Seattle awarded Country Doctor Community Health Centers, Neighborcare Health, and International Community Health Services with capital improvement grants. Read full article

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic graduates its first class of medical residents. Read full article


Funding Opportunity: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)
The purpose of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community-based programs. Deadline: August 2, 2016

Featured Resource: UW Pain Medicine Provider Toolkit
This toolkit consists of opioid prescribing guidelines, tools, and patient education materials.

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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HomeStreet Bank



Community Health Plan of Washington




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