Northwest Pulse August 2017
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New Teen Health Clinic

Dr. Peter Asante, Community Health of Central Washington

Providing care to the adolescent population is challenging. This patient population can feel out of place in a brightly colored pediatric waiting room full of crying babies, yet not quite be ready to see a doctor that manages adult healthcare. They may have medical, social, behavioral or mental health issues that can have lasting impact on their lives. They need and deserve access to confidential care to address their needs. In order to provide nonjudgmental, comprehensive healthcare to teenagers, young adults, and their families, we at Community Health of Central Washington, created the Teen Health Clinic at Yakima Pediatrics.

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2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

Jessica Burkard, NWRPCA

Planning for the 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is in full swing at NWRPCA! The event will take place in beautiful Seattle, Washington from February 22-24, 2018. The Western Forum features workshops and breakout sessions featuring programs, policies, and other initiatives aimed to improve access to care and health outcomes for the underserved.

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What Follows “Hair on Fire”?

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication

Prescription overdoses killed more Americans across all demographics in 2014 than in any other year previously on record. By 2017, drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. Unfortunately, the Northwest’s situation is no different from that of the rest of the country.

In November of 2012 I posted an article to NWRPCA’s news database, referring to a “hair on fire” situation. If our hair should have been on fire then, how on earth are we to characterize the prescription opioid crisis we face today?

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Lynn Gerlach

It's National Health Center Week!

Health Centers serve over 25 million Americans at more than 9,000 sites. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, Health Centers are also proud to celebrate over 50 years of service and continue to be ranked among the highest quality and cost effective care providers in the nation. Health Centers provide their services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status.

Learn more and find an event near you

Spotlight on Operations Staff Next Month

Feature a fantastic operations staff member in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by September 15.

Email Alyssa now

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

Welcome Sonia Handforth-Kome

Sonia is NWRPCA's new CFO. Sonia comes to us with terrific experience in the community health center world. She served as Executive Director of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Inc. for over ten years (from 2001-11). During the first three of those years, she also served as their CFO and towards the end of her tenure was an NWRPCA Board member. For the past four years she worked as the COO at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, a community behavioral health organization here in King County. Welcome, Sonia, we are thrilled you are here!

Professional Development

Free Community Health Improvement Summer Webinar Series

Join us to learn about vulnerable populations, coverage considerations, and how to ensure these populations are properly covered for fiscal sustainability. This series features subject matter experts from National Cooperative Agreements specializing in vulnerable populations and best practices from health centers staff doing the work.

Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: The Aging Population and How to Best Serve Them
This webinar has already occurred but can be accessed for free online.

Addressing the Needs of LGTBQ: Considerations to Maximize Care and Coverage
This webinar has already occurred but can be accessed for free online.

Reaching the Homeless: Outreach, Coverage, and Care Considerations
August 17, 12:00- 1:30 pm PT

Achieving the Apex: How Engagement Aligns Patient Satisfaction and Results

September 18 in Portland, OR

What would happen if you were more engaged at work? What if your team was more engaged? What would be the possibilities?

Join Theresa Kinney as she discusses how BlessingWhite’s X Model of Employee Engagement provide a venue for every single individual, manager and senior executive in any organization to contribute to and drive business outcomes through managing their own engagement.

Register now

Register now for the 2017 Fall Primary Care Conference!

October 21-24 in Seattle

Together Toward Tomorrow: Celebrating 20 Years of Region 18

Register today to attend timely and highly-anticipated conference sessions, opportunities to meet with exhibitors, and time to network with your peers! Educational tracks span the entire health center, including workforce, clinical, fiscal, and quality transformation, and we are thrilled to have HRSA hosting an immersive two-day track dedicated to the top three HHS priorities as well as grant opportunities and grant writing best practices. Look forward to our two incredible keynote plenaries with Chris Jenson and Paul Huschilt. We hope to see you in October!

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Fundamentals of Governance Webinar Series

November 2016 - September 2017

The next webinar, Leading the Mission, Engaging the Community, is tomorrow at noon PT.

This ten-part governance webinar series focuses on a variety of topics that relate directly to Community Health Center Boards of Directors.

Sign up for the remainder of all live webinars, and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

Register now

Behavioral Health Webinar Series

January 2017-December 2017

The next webinar, The Pain Matrix: Starting an Engaging Conversation, is September 13 at noon PT

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

Sign up for the remainder of all live webinars, and receive recordings of all previous webinars.

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2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health: Submit an Abstract

February 22-24, 2018 in Seattle, WA

You are invited to submit an abstract to speak at our 2018 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in Seattle, WA! Submissions focusing on health care delivery, outreach and enrollment, policy and advocacy, and workforce leadership and development, and other topic areas that relate to the multi-disciplinary nature of this conference are highly desired.

Abstract submissions are due September 22

Submit an abstract now

Opportunities from Our Partners

Strengthening the Health Workforce Education Pipeline: Tools, Resources, and Outcomes

August 15, 11:00 PT

This webinar will increase awareness of health workforce education pipeline programs and share innovative, best practices regarding the need to recruit and retain students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities to strengthen the health workforce.

Register now

Financial Planning

August 17, 11:00 PT

Presented by Coverage to Care (C2C). The webinar will focus on C2C’s newest resource, Manage Your Health Care Costs. This series of tools describes specific health insurance costs, helps plan for health care better understand what costs patients should expect with health coverage.

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Medicaid Coverage and Financing of MAT, Current Status, and Promising Practices
August 17, 12:30 PT
The webinar will include information on state Medicaid payment policies for medication assisted treatment (MAT), including coverage, preferred status, and benefit limits. Case studies of innovative MAT models will also be presented.

Register here

Marijuana Messages: Using Tailored Media Strategies to Reach Priority Population Youth
August 22, 12:00 PT

As more states legalize recreational marijuana, public health professionals are grappling with how to craft prevention and harm reduction messages for young people. In this webinar, prevention specialists discuss how they are using art and media projects to address marijuana-related health disparities in creative ways.

Advancing Health Equity in Tribal Communities through Public Health Accreditation
August 24, 12:00 PT
Presenters will:
1. Provide a background on the landscape of public health in Indian Country;
2. Discuss the findings of an environmental scan on the state of public health accreditation and health equity within tribal communities; an
3. Share one tribe’s approach to using public health accreditation activities to achieve health equity within its community.
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Clinical STD Update

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. CME/CNE is offered for this class. An optional Clinical Practicum is available upon completion.

Yakima, WA, September 21: Register now

Eugene, OR, November 29: Register now

NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - IPCA

September 20-22, 2017 in Boise, ID

The Idaho Primary Care Association, in coordination with Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, present a three day training that is an in-depth guide to the 2017 NCQA recognition requirements and the process for achieving PCMH recognition.

Register now

NCQA PCMH 2017 Training - APCA

October 9-11, 2017 in Anchorage, AK

The Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA) is pleased to bring the expertise of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to Alaska with an upcoming two-part education seminar for health professionals.

Register now

12th Annual Latino Health Forum

October 12 in Seattle,WA

Sea Mar Community Health Centers' Latino Health Forum is an event dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices, and the advancement of health for the Latino community. This event attracts health care experts and activists serving Latinos in the Pacific Northwest to participate in open dialogue and forums on current topics affecting the health of Latinos on regional, national, and international levels.

Register now


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: Family Medicine Physician at Tanana Chiefs Conference

Idaho: Dentist at CHAS Health

Oregon: Director of Quality at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Washington: Chief Financial Officer at North Olympic Healthcare Network

Educational Opportunities

Attend one of our in-person workshops or online webinars. Previously recorded events are also available.

Region X Highlights

Read news highlights about Region X health centers.

Recent articles:

Alaska: Peninsula Community Health Services has Summer Work Program for high school students with disabilities

Idaho: Benewah Medical Center to provide free physicals

Oregon: Nathan Boddie, Medical Director at Mosaic Medical, describes why public lands are important for the community

Washington: Sharissa Tjok, International Community Health Services Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, helps patients navigate the health care system

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Nonstop Wellness




Cardinal Health


Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



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