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Region X Highlights

Region X Highlights showcases some of the exceptional community health center projects and accomplishments in the Northwest.

This page is dedicated to a collection of links to local and regional newspapers, local news blogs, PR wires, and other online media outlets that appear in the monthly NWRPCA newsletter Northwest Pulse.

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Alaska

 

NEW! Alaska Island Community Services will take over Juneau's Front Street Community Health Center. Read full article

NEW! Iliuliuk is the first community health center in Alaska with an electronic intensive care unit. Read full article

NEW!  Ellen Hodges, Chief of Staff at Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, discusses how they are addressing the opioid problem. Read full article

 

NEW! Dr. Jill Seaman of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation discusses her work in South Sudan. Read full article

Sunshine Community Health Center
celebrates 30 years. Read full article

 

Tanana Chiefs Conference receives a $375,000 award to expand its telemedicine program. Read full article

 

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center has eliminated a waiting list of new patients and has hired a dozen new medical staff in the past year. Read full article


U.S. Surgeon General travels to rural Alaska and speaks to Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation about its new heroin treatment program. Read full article

Southcentral Foundation is partnering with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to run a detox facility. Read full article

 

Tammy Green, CEO of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, discusses National Health Center Week. Read full article

Wellness Center in Haines hosts SEARHC dental, as well as organizations focusing on assisted living, veterans, and hospice. Read full article

Tanana Chiefs Conference opens Community Health Aide Training Center in Fairbanks. Read full article

Southcentral Foundation opens Nuka Learning and Wellness Center. Read full article

 

Student athletes can get free sports physicals from Seward Community Health Center. Read announcement

 

Several Alaska clinics, including the Sunshine Community Health Center, the Kodiak Area Native Association, and the Southcentral Foundation will receive new federal funding to enlarge their substance abuse treatment programs and services. Read more

 

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and the Tanana Chiefs Conference are helping rural Alaskans fight bed bugs with a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more

 

Mat-Su Health Services provides free counseling for currently enrolled Mat-Su College studentsRead full article


Southcentral Foundation received grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to help with early detection of breast cancer in Alaska Native womenRead full article


$24,000 worth of narcotics stolen from Bethel Family ClinicRead full article 


Mat-Su Health Foundation awarded Sunshine Community Health Center funds to hire a licensed clinicalsocial worker and behavioral health nurse care manager. Read full article


Tina Minster, Navigator at Peninsula Community Health Services, travels to homes, churches, and even the beach to enroll people in health insuranceRead full article


Ethel Lund, a founder of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, describes an extraordinary life.Read full article


UDSA awards 2.3 million dollars to support telemedicine, including to Eastern Aleutian Tribes to build aninteractive tele-psychiatry networkRead full article


Southcentral Foundation's innovative model is inspiring healthcare reform as far away as the UK. Read full article 

 

Tina Minster, navigator at Peninsula Community Health Services, travels to homes, churches, and even the beach to enroll people in health insuranceRead full article

Front Street Community Health Center has new provider. Cynthia Mattoni hopes to expand servicesRead full article


Peninsula Community Health Services and Seward Community Health Center models of quality healthcare on the Kenai Peninsula.  Local Healthcare Task Force will propose policy changes for the peninsula.  Read full article


Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center helps Alaskans sign up for Medicaid, including those who need specialty care that can save their lives. Read full article


Peninsula Community Health Services makes the ICD-10 transition fun for staff. Read full article

 

SEARHC is partnering with Lynn Canal Counseling Services to offer comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services in Haines.  Read full article 

 

Southcentral Foundation develops partnership with Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care to foster collaborations in research, education, and practice. Read full article

 

Ground broken on new health center in Chickaloon that will be managed by Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and the Southcentral Foundation. Read full article

 

Bethel Family Clinic, Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, Kodiak Island Health Care Foundation, and SVT Health and Wellness awarded with the Alaska Primary Care Quality Excellence Award. Read full article

 

Ralliers call for Medicaid expansion in Alaska; Front Street Community Health Center board member Mariya Lovishchuk explains how the clinic would benefit.  Read full article

 

Southcentral Foundation CEO, Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, awarded the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership AwardRead full article

 

Yukon-Kuskokwin Health Corporation introduces “Dump the Bucket” crowd sourcing campaign to test recycling water in households; half the homes in the area do not have conventional water and sewer systems.  Read full article

 

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium offers support and treatment for alcohol abuse, offers activities in an alcohol-free setting, including potlucks, drumming circles, and Native arts and crafts nights.  Read full article

 

Seldovia Village Tribe launched a nine-week walking challenge; residents have logged 1150 miles in just one week.  Read full article

 

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation teaches middle and high school students about the dangers of smokeless tobacco.  Read full article

 

Uncompensated care increasing for Peninsula Community Health Services as many patients fall into Medicaid gap and state funding is being cut.  Read full article

 

Southcentral Foundation in Alaska is featured in a two-part PBS documentary, Rx: The Quiet Revolution.  Read full article

 

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

 

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

 

Native Village of Eyak's Ilanka Community Health Center provides Baby Boxes to expectant families, modeled after the Finnish tradition.  Read full article


Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is partnering with other organizations to create a holistic model for improving rural villages, starting with Oscarville. Read more


SEARHC dentists receive Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship AwardRead more


Tanana Chiefs Conference was created 100 years ago by Athabascans who wanted education, employment, land rights, and healthcare. Read more


Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center has recently hired five new providers, which will allow the health center to start seeing new patients again in the next few months. Read more


Idaho


NEW! Terry Reilly Health Services celebrated 45 years in August, hosting a reception and a free public health fair. Read full article

Heritage Health is inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame for its achievement in community health. Read full article

Terry Reilly Health Services
receives grant to address health disparities in Nampa. Read full article

Heritage Health
will start operating a mobile mental health unit to middle schools. Read full article

Dr. Magni Hamso at Terry Reilly Health Services discusses the benefits of naloxone. Read full article

A simple prescription for treating chronic conditions – exercise - has been such a success in North Idaho that Kroc Rx, which started as a brainstorm from Dr. Joseph Abate, medical director of Heritage Health,could soon go nationwide. Read full article

 

Glenns Ferry Health Center Inc. and Terry Reilly Health Services received grants to provide breast cancer screenings to low income, medically underserved women in their communities. Read more

 

Health West opens new dental, behavioral health clinic in Pocatello, ID. Read more 

 

Terry Reilly Health Services received over $82,000 in community development block grants from the city of Boise last year, helping maintain the sliding fee scaleRead full article


Michael Baker from Heritage Health and Heidi Traylor from Terry Reilly Health Services presented at committee hearing for Idaho's Primary Care Access Program bill. Read full article 

 

Grand Peaks celebrated grand opening of Rexburg locationRead full article

Dr. Magni Hamso with Terry Reilly Health Services discusses combatting prescription opioid overdosesin Idaho. Read full article

 

Yvonne Ketchum, CEO of Idaho Primary Care Association, describes how Idaho's proposed Primary Care Access Program would affect community health centers in the state. Read full article


Heritage Health has unique Everyday Wellness plan, allows 15 doctor visits per year with a monthly feeRead full article


Community Council of Idaho serves to build community from the ground upRead full article

 

Heritage Health's homeless outreach director and case worker discuss needs for the homeless in Coeur d'AleneRead full article

 

Challis Area Health Center received a New Access Point Award, will be able to hire more mid-level providers and expand mental health and dental services.  Congratulations on your award!  Read full article


Terry Reilly Health Services will open a new clinic in Boise in spring 2016. Read full article

 

Terry Reilly Health Services was celebrated at a commemorative event by the Nampa Preservation and Historic CommitteeRead full article


11.6% of students in Kootenai County Schools had immunization exemptions last year; now Heritage Health has a mobile clinic that travels to schools in the area. Read full article

 

Benewah Medical Center is taking a proactive approach by preventing and treating diabetes, especially among Indians.  Read full article

 

Terry Reilly Health Services opened a new clinic in Nampa, ID on April 1.  Read full article 

 

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

 

Heritage Health joins other Idaho health organizations in a project called Idaho Health Partners, which connects patients with primary care providers and community resources.  Read more

Oregon


NEW! One Community Health is among many organizations in the Columbia Gorge Region awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health award. Read full article

NEW!
Multnomah County has alternate programs and approaches for pain patients. Read full article


NEW!
One Community Health celebrates 30 years with a month of activities based around the science of happiness. Read full article

NEW! Central City Concern's new storage lockers for the homeless has helped them get housing and jobs. Read full article

Rick Kincade, CMO of Community Health Centers of Lane County, discusses the benefits of community health centers. Read full article

 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is partnering with Pacific University to bring dental care to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. Read full article

 

Evaristo Romero, former migrant farmworker, now teaches migrant workers about healthy eating with One Community Health. Read full article

 

Coast Community Health Center receives $100,000 for insurance enrollment assistance from the Oregon Health Authority. Read full article

Oregon CHCs participate in conference on healthcare for the homeless, discuss both urban and rural homelessness. Read full article

School Board voted not to allow contraceptives to be prescribed at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's school-based health center. Read full article

Veteran Steve Eggert serves other veterans as Outreach Coordinator for Coast Community Health Center. Read full article

Investigators from the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality, and Multnomah County Health Department to provide an update on Portland air toxicsRead full article

 

Mosaic Medical has worked hard to handle a patient population that ballooned roughly six fold in the decade that ended in 2015. Read more.

 

Human Solutions and Wallace Medical Concern open affordable housing complex, Rosewood Plaza, connecting housing and healthcare. Read more 

 

Community Health Centers of Lane County welcomes new Medical DirectorRead full article


Marlene Putnam of the Tillamook County Health Department discusses the need for medical assistantsand other health professionals. Read full article


Central City Concern conducts a Clean and Safe Program, picking up trash and cleaning to help makedowntown more livableRead full article


Wallace Medical Concern hosted first annual Homeless Health DayRead full article


Representative John Huffman visited One Community Health and learned about the increased demand for services and current needs. Read full article


New St. Charles Health System clinic planned for La Pine, competing with La Pine Community Health CenterRead full article


Providers at Coastal Family Health Center will begin writing prescriptions for state and national parksand community recreation centers. Read full article


Community Health Centers of Lane County opens new health center, Delta Oaks Clinic, in North Eugene.Read full article


Community health workers in Clackamas County fill critical voidRead full article


Wallace Medical Concern enrollment assistors overcome challenges of enrolling homeless, refugees, and those with complicated medical conditions. Read full article


Multnomah County Health Department releases new guidelines for prescribing opiatesRead full article

 

Wallace Medical Concern enrollment assistors overcome challenges of enrolling the homeless, refugees, and those with complicated medical conditions. Read full article

 

Umpqua Community Health Center taking over immunizations and family planning from Douglas County Public Health Department. Read full article


Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center and behavioral health provider LifeWorksNW now usingcontinuity of care documents for better transfer of patient informationRead full article


Wallace Medical Concern opens a new clinic in Multnomah County. Read full article


Multnomah County Health Department and Outside In have long-time needle exchange programs, starting to use Naloxone; new Good Samaritan Law will protect those who assist drug users seeking help. Read full article


Tillamook County Health Department part of task force for the county's Year of Wellness program to focus on fitness and wellbeingRead full article


Umpqua Community Health Center plans to take over immunizations, venereal disease screenings, and women's reproductive health services from the county. Read full article


Wallace Medical Concern physician teaches other providers about health literacy and how to be clear when speaking to patients.  Read full article


Adapt/SouthRiver Community Health Center received $244,000 from HRSA and will add a new clinical teamRead full article

 

Governor Kate Brown attended Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's 40th anniversary bash. Read full article


Verena Wessel, Community Relations Manager for Northwest Human Services, has helped place two porta-potties in downtown Salem for the homeless.  A third, funded by Northwest Human Services, will be decorated with art.  Read full article


Dr. Harry Rinehart, longtime doctor at The Rinehart Clinicretired the end of August and was honored at a community potluck.  Read full article


Coast Community Health Center opened a new community outreach program in Port Orford in August and has hired many new staff members, including four outreach workers.  Read full article


OCHIN partnered on a study that advocates incorporating community-based data into EHRs because social factors are strong predictors of health. Read full article


Central City Concern's affordable housing development secured $17.4 million from USBCDC.  The development will be completed in fall 2016Read full article

 

The Multnomah County Health Department is partnering with Self Enhancement Inc., Latino Network, Native American Youth and Family Center and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette to create the Adolescents and Communities Together (ACT) project, an effort to keep sexually active teens healthy. Read full article

 

“Virtual Dental Home” is a tele-health dentistry project in California that may catch on soon in Oregon, according to panelists at the Virginia Garcia Healthcare Symposium. Read full article

 

Central City Concern has developed bed-bug resistant furniture for its housing programs, which are for sale nationally.  Read full article

 

Mosaic Medical partners with Best Care Treatment Center detox facility to teach staff how to recognize the signs that an older person may have a prescription drug problem.  Read full article 

 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center provides pesticide safety education for farmworkers.  Read full article

 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is partnering with Oregon behavioral health services provider LifeWorks NW so the organizations can better treat the whole personRead full article

 

Dr. Charles Ross will begin teaching the Complete Health Improvement Program at Umpqua Community Health Center to wean people off of some prescription drugs.  Read full article

 

Washington County closure of public health clinics may mean Oregon community health centers will provide care to more patientsRead full article

 

Fletcher Nash, Central City Concern HR employee, describes how a program of the Portland Police Bureau changed his lifeRead more


Northwest Human Services works with other local organizations to help the homeless and protect them from extreme heatRead more


Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center remembers its namesake 40 years later, a little girl with a cut on her foot who was unable to access care.  Read more


Washington

 

NEW! New partnership connects Neighborcare dentists with Swedish Medical Center emergency room patients. Read full article

 

NEW! Neighborcare Health opening a new clinic on Vashon Island on September 26. Read full article

 

NEW! Community Health of Central Washington and Yakima Neighborhood Health Services are seeing success with medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Read full article
 

Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, discusses the challenge of meeting the need of new patients. Read full article

 

Community Health of Central Washington is expanding to include a new dental clinic as patient numbers surge. Read full article

 

Public Health-Seattle & King County has a new mobile medical clinic, the second in Seattle. Read full article

Yakima Neighborhood Health Service
s raising money for LGBTQ resource center. Read full article

Neighborcare provides prenatal care and support to Seattle's Somali population. Read full article

Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers' Dayna Seymour and Lisa Kyle honored at Indian Health Service's Director's Recognition of Excellence Ceremony.Read full article

Neighborcare opens first-of-its-kind Dental Education Clinic in Seattle. Read full article

Dr. Ricardo Jimenez, medical director of Sea Mar, co-authored a study that found that Latina women were twice as likely to be screened for breast cancer after Promatora visits. Read full article

 

Unplanned expenses have postponed construction plans at Lake Roosevelt Community Health CentersRead full article.

 

Seattle - King County Public Health and the Seattle Housing Authority are partnering on a study to evaluate the health impacts of community redevelopment at Yesler Terrace. Read more.

 

A $1 million federal grant announced May 4 will allow Community Health of Central Washington to double the size of its dental clinic in EllensburgRead more

 

Dr. Malcolm Butler describes the pain management program at Columbia Valley Community Health.Read full article


Dr. Nathan Lilya at Community Health of Central Washington discusses diabetic retinopathy and eye healthRead full article


Yakima Neighborhood Health Services remembers deceased homeless in 11th annual memorial service.Read full article


Peninsula Community Health Services has a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place, especially for earthquakes. Read full article


The Meridian Center for Health in Seattle is an innovative public-private partnership model betweenNeighborcare Health, Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Valley Cities. Read full article


Community Health Center of Snohomish County walk-in clinic is now open on Sundays to reduce ER visitsRead full article


International Community Health Services hosts first Lunar New Year run to promote health for the API communityRead full article


Dr. Portia Jones at Community Health of Central Washington weighs in on prenatal supplements to prevent birth defects, such as those spiking in Central Washington. Read full article


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic expands services as it opens a new site in Toppenish.  Read full article 


Community Health of Central Washington opens a new clinic in Highland, will serve about 1,200 new patients. Read full article


Yakima Neighborhood Health Services will open a new clinic in Granger and has purchased a new mobile medical unit; combined they will allow for 3,500 patient visits per year. Read full article


Dr. Julie Cheek at Unity Care NW, offers dental advice to parents over the holiday season. Read full article


Valley View Health Center received grant funding from the American Cancer Society to increase awareness of colorectal cancer and the need for screening. Read full article


Jessica Hernandez from Sea Mar Community Health Centers helps people apply for health insurance at local libraries. Read full article


Sarah Vander Beek, Chief Dental Officer at Neighborcare Health, discusses dental therapists in Washington. Read full article


Peninsula Community Health Services has implemented an extensive emergency preparedness plan, especially for earthquakes. Read full article


Daphne Pie, manager of access and outreach at Public Health- Seattle & King County, discusses targeted outreachRead full article


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic aims to reduce ER visits by educating patients, extending hours, and developing an initiative meeting with emergency department patients post-visitRead full article


Esther Lucero new CEO of Seattle Indian Health BoardRead full article


Dr. Annaliese Stone of Community Health of Central Washington discusses televised medical talk showsRead full article


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic featured on news, with interview by Dr. Anderson on diabetes careRead full article 

 

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services reopening new Granger Medical Clinic and mobile health van in November. Read full article

 

Public Health- Seattle & King County found a 38% decrease in the number of uninsured since 2013, more than all but one other state in the country, attributable in part to the outreach and enrollment efforts of local community health centers.  Read full article


Dietitians at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic discuss healthy eating habits and childhood obesity.Read full article


Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers able to treat American Indian veterans without VA pre-authorization, enhancing access to care.  Read full article


Interfaith Community Health Center now Unity Care NWRead full article


Map of Chinese-born population created by the Seattle Times in preparation for the Chinese president's visit proved useful for International Community Health Services to do community needs assessments.  Read full article


Peninsula Community Health Services' new dental clinic in Port Orchard already inundated with patients. Read full article


Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is celebrating its 40th anniversary, growing to over 200 staff and seeing over 750 patients per day. Read full article


Community Health of Central Washington has some group appointments for chronic pain patients as shared medical appointments are slowly gaining traction in health care. Read full article


Dr. Julie Cheek, a pediatrician at Interfaith Community Health Center, gives back-to-school health tipsfor children. Read full article 


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic was awarded a $210,000 grant for two learning centers at high schools that will improve students' proficiency in math, reading, and scienceRead full article


International Community Health Services received a grant to hire Community Advocates to provide community-based outreach, health education, patient navigation services, and referrals. Read full article


Peninsula Community Health saw percentage of patients without insurance plummet, while demand for services rose with Washington’s Medicaid expansion. Read full article

 

Promised funding for community health centers from Washington State’s recreational marijuana tax not in current House or Senate budgetRead full article

 

Patty Hayes, Interim Director of Public Health- Seattle & King County, received the 2015 Cynthia F. Shurtleff Award for extraordinary leadership and dedication to health and well-being of women, children, and families in Washington. Read full article

 

Women earn more than men in Yakima County, likely due to the health care industry, which is dominated by women, and includes employers such as Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Read full article

 

Peg Hopkins, CEO of Community Health Association of Spokane, stepped down after 21 years at the end of March, leaving a legacy of mission-driven success.  Read full article 

 

Tri-Cities Community Health opens a new school-based health clinic at an elementary school in Kennewick, WA.  Read full article

 

Community Health of Central Washington is ready for ICD-10 implementation, and providers are already coding in ICD-10.  Read full article

 

Health is Primary campaign kicked off in Seattle March 19, and included panelist Richard Kovar, Medical Director of Country Doctor Community Health Centers.  Read full article

 

Dr. Mike Maples, CEO of Community Health of Central Washington, urges Yakima County citizens to ask the state Legislature to fund the Health Professional Loan Repayment ProgramRead full article

 

The University of Washington is the top-ranked medical school in the nation for primary care, rural medicine, and family medicine this year, having been ranked #1 for more than 20 years in a row, according to U.S. News and World Report. Read full article

 

The Community Health Network of Washington is asking the state Legislature for $8 million to finance loan forgiveness for more than 100 primary care health providers who work in underserved areas, including in community health centers. Read full article

 

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic discusses the benefits of team-based careRead full article

 

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

 

Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, describes how his organization collects and uses data to improve healthRead full article

 

John Browne of Community Health Association of Spokane honored with 2015 Emerging Leader Award from the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy.  Read full article


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


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic wins Healthcare Informatics' first place award for visionary health IT innovation.  Read full article


Community Health of Central Washington graduates its first two family medicine residents, who will go on to practice in rural areas of Washington. Read more


Community Health Center of Snohomish County counselors met with veterans at Project Homeless Connect. Read more


Neighborcare Health offers free long-term contraceptives through Seattle public schools with  funding from Take Change, a Washington State Medicaid program. Read more


Mark Secord, Executive Director of Neighborcare Health, discusses the direction of healthcare in the country and at his organization. Read more 



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