February 2015
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The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Join NWRPCA for the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health, coming up next week!  Congratulations to Molly Wolfes, Community Health Coordinator from Puente de la Costa Sur in Pescadero, California, winner of the free registration drawing.  Learn more about the Western Forum

Carlos Olivares

Managed Care in Rural Communities
by Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Why would a small migrant community health center take on risk, considering its lack of experience in managing risk contracts? As the CEO, I am trusted to ensure the care of patients and maintain a financially sustainable organization. I saw an opportunity, under a managed care system, to accomplish both. Read More

Ed Ura

To Scribe or Not to Scribe
by Edmund B. Ura, President and Senior Consultant of Merces Consulting Group, Inc.

To Scribe or Not to Scribe?  That is the question.  It is clear that there are a number of variables contributing to success or failure in the use of scribes, and the setting seemingly most predictive of success is a large practice delegating significant responsibility to other staff. Read More

Ask Adele: Will the ICD-10 Changeover Really Happen?
by Adele Allison, Director of Provider Innovations, DST Health Solutions

Question:  Originally, the ICD-10 changeover was supposed to happen on Oct. 1, 2013.  Then CMS pushed it to Oct. 1, 2014, and again to Oct. 1, 2015!  As we deal with meaningful use, UDS reporting and PCMH, I do not want to prepare for a changeover that will never happen!  Will ICD-10 really happen this time?  Read the answer here!

Adele Allison

Health Literacy Resources Refresher
by Emily J. Glenn, Community Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region

Adequate health literacy is essential to health care, public health, and the way our society views health, yet about 9 out of 10 American adults have some problems with health literacy. A recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) report shows that socioeconomic factors are linked to health literacy. Read More

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

Emily Glenn
Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

NWRPCA Open House

Open house postcard

NWRPCA has a new home! Join us Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 3-6 p.m., at our new location in Queen Anne, Seattle. Learn more and register on the NWRPCA website

New Pain Management Online Community Coming Soon

NWRPCA has received funding from the University of Washington School of Medicine COPE (Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Education) for REMS program for a new online community for clinicians.  This online community will give clinicians the opportunity to learn and network with each other and will provide free CME.  If interested, please contact Alyssa Panning, NWRPCA Member Services Coordinator.  More information will be provided soon.

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

Behavioral/Mental Health Director

Interfaith Community Health Center
Bellingham, WA

Outreach and Enrollment Assistant

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Anchorage, AK


Practice Manager

OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond
Portland, OR



Terry Reilly Health Services
Nampa, ID

Region X Highlights

The Community Council of Idaho is piloting a program to reduce childhood obesity in migrant and season workers’ families.  Read full article

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is partnering with King County and Seattle Public Health to create a new health center in West Seattle. Read full article

Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warrior Initiative addresses domestic violence, child abuse, and child neglect in Alaska.  Read full article

The International Community Health Services CEO addresses the looming funding cliff for community health centers.  Read full article

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services was awarded a $489,000 HUD award to pay for housing and case management. Read full article

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic discusses the benefits of team-based care. Read full article

Alaska Governor Bill Walker proposed Medicaid expansion plan at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Read full article

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunities

The 19 Program Requirements for FQHCs: Beyond the Site Visit
Beryl Cochran, retired Region X HRSA Project Officer, and Rebecca Johnson of Health Center Solutions present this fantastic course. Get your information directly from two HRSA site visit auditors!
Webinar Series, March 4-May 13, 2015
See the NWRPCA website for more information
This series is sponsored by Jones & Roth CPAs & Business Advisors.

Critical Skills for First-Time CHC Managers and Supervisors
This course, specifically designed for first-time supervisors and managers at community health centers, offers intensive, hands-on and immediately applicable skill-building to successfully navigate a supervisory or management role in the fast-paced CHC environment. This course includes two days of intensive, immediately applicable skill-building as well as a follow-up conference call to share successes, answer questions, and gain additional strategies for success. Visit the NWRPCA event page for more information and to register

Evaluate our Online CHC Governance Course
This new Health Center Governance course, directed toward the needs of the CHC governing board,was created in partnership with NACHC. Everyone who takes the course and completes the assessment survey by the end of February will be entered in a drawing for one of four $50 amazon.com gift certificates. Take the course here

Managing Ambulatory Care I
This four day NACHC/NWRPCA course goes beyond the basics of being a new clinical director; participants will learn specific management skills essential to FQHCs. Presenters include Paul Campbell, MPA, ScD and Robert Hoch, MD, MPH
June 15-18, 2015 in Portland, OR
Save $200! Take advantage of early bird registration until June 1, 2015
Visit the NWRPCA training page to learn more

Save the Date-Spring Primary Care Conference and Annual Membership Meeting
NWRPCA conferences are a cornerstone of our membership services. No matter where you are in your career, the Spring Primary Care Conference has something for you. The spring conference features prominent keynote speakers, powerful breakout sessions, networking with your primary care colleagues, and much more.  The annual meeting is your one chance each year to meet with other NWRPCA members!
May 16-19, 2015 in Portland, OR
Learn more at the NWRPCA conference page 

Peer Learning Community Calls
NWRPCA strives to provide innovative ways for members to share, learn and engage with each other and subject matter experts. Join us to participate in this new learning activity called Peer Learning Community Calls. On Monday, March 9, 12:00-1:00pm PST, we will address health literacy and outreach and enrollment.
To learn more, visit the NWRPCA Outreach and Enrollment events and activities page or contact Jessica Burkard

Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute
This in-person and online program will look at health from a holistic perspective, with scholars building collaborative leadership and change management skills through problem-based learning.
Held April-December, 2015
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice also has open enrollment for its Public Health Management Certificate (August 2015-July 2016) and the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice (August 3-6, 2015)

Health Center Capital Funding Survey
Capital Link’s survey helps document health center capital funding requirements and identify areas where technical assistance, training, or other resources may be needed.  NWRPCA hopes to share this national data with you in the future. Please respond by February 28.

Behavioral Health Integration Models for CHCs: Balancing the Team and Workflow
This CHAMPS webcast will introduce and expand on integration of behavioral health into a medical primary care practice.
February 25, 2015 10:30am-12:00pm PST
Click here to learn more and register

Spanish Language for Health Care Professionals
This four-day CHAMPS and Denver Medical Society Spanish language course will be held in Denver, CO
April 17-April 20, 2015
Click here to learn more and register

Exciting new web-based courses on pain management start on February 25, 2015
Visit PainCareLive to learn more

Hepatitis B Survey
Christina Pham, a nursing student at Seattle University, is conducting a survey to learn more about screening practices, knowledge and barriers to screen at-risk populations in community health centers. To learn more about this project and to take a short survey, please click here. All respondents’ information will be kept confidential and a summary of the findings will be announced in a future QuickNotes article.

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page


New Quality Improvement Resources Page
Visit NWRPCA's new quality improvement resources page for QI information from HRSA, NACHC, and many others. 

Loan Repayment Program
The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on March 30, 2015. View more funding opportunities on the NWRPCA funding opportunities page

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