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Preventing Health Disparities on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation
Sexual Assault against Farmworkers
Ask Adele: Spring Conference 2015 Audience Polls
Growth Increases Competition for Talent in Health Care Sector
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Region X Highlights
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Preventing Health Disparities on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation

Marquette Hendrickx, Clinic Services Director, Benewah Medical and Wellness Center

American Indian/Alaska Native populations across the country have mortality rates for cerebrovascular disease and diabetes that are 2.7 times that of the general population. Lack of familiarity with the historical and societal issues that may impact native communities’ participation in prevention programs is a barrier for providers working in Indian Country. Benewah Medical Center has found a key to success in partnering with a broad community coalition while honoring native culture.

Read more


Sexual Assault Against Farmworker Females

Jessica Burkard, Community Health Improvement Project Manager, NWRPCA


[editor's note: This month we introduce a three-part series on sexual assault against female farmworkers]


During NWRPCA’s 2015 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health, researchers with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center shared results from their recent University of Washington community-engaged study of 20 Mexican-born women with lengthy tenures in agricultural work. Most women reported having experienced some form of sexual harassment or knew someone who had been harassed.

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Ask Adele: Survey Says

Adele Allison, Director, Provider Innovation Strategies, DST Health Solutions

Question: During the NWRPCA Spring Primary Care Conference, I attended one of your sessions where you polled the audience on a number of questions. Will you share the results?


Adele: Absolutely! And thank you for your participation. Admittedly, much of my personal study of the industry is focused at the federal level and the intent of legislation and policy in transforming healthcare as a country. Because of this, the nuances of implementation change within a state – at a more local level – often get lost. In an effort to make discussion more relevant to the Northwest, during several sessions attendees were asked to engage by answering survey questions on their smartphones.

Read the entire answer


Growth Increases Competition for Talent in Health Care Sector

Cynthia Koral, Chief Marketing Officer, 501(c) Agencies Trust

In what continues to appear to be a growing economy, most sectors are preparing for hiring increases in 2015 and beyond. This includes the health care sector. Organizations are heavily focused on strengthening their ability to hire and retain good employees. But where are they going to get all the employees they need to meet the demands of the growing industry?

Learn how


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


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Spring Primary Care Conference 2015

The 29th iteration of our annual Spring Primary Care Conference brought enthusiastic attendees from 19 states, provided a provoking keynote address on climate change as a health emergency, and put a $1000 gift certificate into the hands of one lucky Washington conference-goer. 
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Annual Membership Meeting Recap

Dr. Patrick Luedtke received the Helping Us Help You Award,
Debra Morrison
was awarded the Summit Award, and
Maria Loredo received the Legacy Award.
Congratulations to all! Read more about the awards.

Past Board Chair Anita Monoian from Yakima Neighborhood Health Services handed over the reins to Kevin Munson of Mat-Su Health Services (see photo).

We are deeply grateful for the leadership Anita Monoian has provided our Association over the years, particularly for her most recent tenure as president. She was fully engaged in and dedicated to every undertaking of the PCA, holding us true to our mission but responsive to the constantly changing healthcare landscape. We look forward to Anita’s continued guidance and service in the challenging but exciting years ahead.



Prize Winners

  • Congratulations to Tina Pond from Cowlitz Family Health Center, $50 gift certificate winner for completing the Annual Training Needs Survey.
  • Thanks to Amy Holly from Idaho Primary Care Association, winner of a $50 gift certificate for completing a survey on patient-centered outcomes research

Free Books!
NWRPCA has a variety of free books from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), both in English and Spanish, such as "What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick" and "What To Do When Your Child is Heavy." These books are intended for use by health center patients and have been donated to NWRPCA members by IHA. 
Please contact Member Services Coordinator, Alyssa Panning, at apanning@nwrpca.org if you would like books for your health center.

NWRPCA congratulates Health Outreach Partners (HOP) on 45 years! 

Read about HOP's history on their webste.

Special congratulations to our 2015 ATSU/NWRPCA graduatesanother outstanding cadre of future osteopaths ready for residency! Read more about our ATSU-SOMA campus

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

Internal Medicine Provider

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Yakima, WA

Physician Assistant

Kodiak Community Health Center

Kodiak, AK  


Dental Manager

Benton County Health Services

Corvallis, OR 



Chief Financial Officer

Heritage Health

Coeur d'Alene, ID 

Region X Highlights


SEARHC wins awards for after-hours nurse triage hotline. Read full article 


Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation breaks ground on new dental clinic. Read full article

Katherine Gottlieb, CEO of Southcentral Foundation, describes her path from working in a crab cannery without a high school diploma to being the CEO of a successful health center. Read full article 

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center is an early adopter of tomosynthesis, an innovative way of detecting breast cancer. Read full article 

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center welcomes Tammy Green as the new CEO and Jenny Love as the new Medical Director. Read full article 



Dr. Joseph Abate of Heritage Health develops “Kroc Rx,” getting patients to attend the Kroc Community Center in Coeur d’Alene, a place for exercise and nutrition. Read full article.  Dr. Abate’s series continues here and here

Benewah Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary June 5 with an open house, tours, powwow, and community dinner. Read full article 


Northwest Human Services developed from a hotline in the 1970s to a large community organization today. Read full article 

Elva Lopez, community health worker at Mosaic Medical, removes social, financial, and logistical barriers to help people improve their health. Read full article 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center opens a new school-based health center at Tualatin High School. Read full article 


OCHIN works with Kaiser and community health centers. Read full article 


Tillamook County declares a year of wellness; this initiative includes NWRPCA members Tillamook County Health Department and the Rinehart Clinic. Read full article


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic partners with local organizations to host “Suicide Hurts II” community event for youth, after 22% of students at White Swan High School said they have attempted suicide. Read full article 


Yakima Neighborhood Health Services partners with La Casa Hogar, an organization that focuses on education for primarily immigrant women, early learning for moms and kids, basic English, and health and computer classes. Read full article 


Telephyschiatry is taking off in rural areas of Washington like the Yakima Valley. Read full article 


Seattle Mayor appoints Patty Hayes as the Director of Public Health-Seattle & King CountyRead full article 

Peninsula Community Health Services has evolved into a health destination under the leadership of CEO Barbara Malich, who will retire after 22 years. Read full article 

Sea Mar Community Health Centers and other health centers in Washington may lose funds from state marijuana sales. Read full article

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

Leaving money on the table? Effective revenue cycle management, including optimal coding and billing, is critical to your financial success. This six-webinar series, offered in two parts, by our Featured Vendor, PMG, could make the difference between long-term fiscal sustainability and its unthinkable alternative.


Improving Revenue Cycle Management Skills for CHCs
Series 1: September 9, 23 and 30 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Medicare billing basics and PPS rate; effective reimbursement with payment posting


Series 2: October 7 and 14; November 3 – 12:00 to 1:30 PM PT
Demographic charge capture at the front desk; staffing your revenue cycle management team; and key performance indicators of fiscal health.


Instructor: Gervean Williams
Details and registration here



Confident in your Compliance?
Following the sweeping changes of 2013-14, including OMB’s Supercircular and HRSA’s PINs on both budgeting/accounting and the sliding fee discount scale, health centers need to position themselves to reduce the risks of waste, fraud and abuse while meeting the key responsibilities for effective administration.


Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell presents Supercircular, Sliding Fee Scale, and Budget Pins: Federal Compliance Requirements for Health Centers
September 17-18 in Seattle


Instructors: Marcie Zakheim and Ted Waters
Details and registration here


Save the Date!
Fall Primary Care Conference
Get Your Second Wind in Seattle!
Seattle, WA
October 17-20
Learn more about the upcoming conference

19 Program Requirements Training Available Online
Retired HRSA project officer Beryl Cochran and health center management consultant Rebecca Johnson presented a six -session webinar series to an enthusiastic audience, “The 19 Program Requirements – Beyond the Site Visit.” The fantastic series examined each requirement, with a focus on operationalizing compliance activities to ensure readiness for site visits, competitive grant applications, and reducing the threat of conditions on grant awards. 


“I would take this whole series all over again right now if I had the chance! So much helpful information was covered!”
-Jennifer Woods-Ast, One Community Health


Learn more about the archived training

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Strategies to Support Homeless and at-Risk Clients with Effectively Utilizing the Healthcare System
This webinar on June 24 will feature national leaders who will provide information on how to support persons experiencing homelessness and/or living with HIV/AIDS to access managed care organizations and fully utilize services newly available to them through Medicaid and other health insurance options. Learn more and register

2015 Health Center and Public Housing National Symposium

The 2015 Health Center and Public Housing National Symposium will be held September 14-16, 2015, in Alexandria, VA. This year's theme is Healthy Together: Community Collaborations in Healthcare Delivery. Please save the date for this event!

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page



June is National Safety Month
Injuries and accidents are a leading cause of disabilities and death for people of all ages. Accidental prescription painkiller overdoses are increasing in many parts of the country. Check out NWRPCA's pain management resources to learn more


June 27 is:

  • National HIV Testing Day
    National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity to share the importance of knowing your HIV status and to encourage testing. Learn more
  • PTSD Awareness Day
    Chronic pain can frequently accompany PTSD. Providers who know what to look for and who understand the treatment options for PTSD can dramatically help their patients. Learn more about PTSD and pain

Funding Opportunity: Methodologies to Enhance Understanding of HIV Associated Social Determinants
View this funding announcement on the NWRPCA funding opportunities page

QuickNotes 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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