Northwest Pulse December 2017
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Rain or Shine Reserves – Why Access to Catalytic Capital is Important for Community Health Centers

Montsine Nshom, Vital Healthcare Capital

Government agencies, commercial banks and Community Development Financial Institutions can provide capital for community-based providers, usually focused on facility financing and hard asset lending. But what if a community health center wants to invest in a new line of business? Or scale a promising model of care? What forms of capital are available to community health centers that are evolving to meet the complex needs of their patients?

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Connecting with Asian American and Pacific Islanders about Dementia: An Action Guide for Service Providers

Nikki Eller and Basia Belza, Healthy Brain Research Network, University of Washington

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) may be struggling more than you think with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. To learn how to connect better with AAPI communities about dementia, we conducted focus groups with Chinese and Japanese Americans residing in King County, Washington to help identify the barriers adult children face to bringing their parents in for a cognitive evaluation. Based on the analysis of our findings we produced Connecting with AAPIs about Dementia: An Action Guide for Service Providers. The Action Guide includes three recommendations to help service providers improve their care of adults from AAPI communities.

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Declare 2018 the Year of Transparency

Sharon Thompson, Jackson Physician Search

My point of view has been influenced through nearly a decade working in physician relations and recruiting at Olympic Medical Center, where I supported the strategic plan and growth of the health system. My job was to develop, maintain and enhance our relationships with qualified providers and recruit more of them.

Recently, I transitioned into a new role as business development manager of Jackson Physician Search for the Northwest region. I could clearly see the opportunity to build more relationships, expand the impact of my experience and leverage my team’s skills to serve communities throughout the Northwest.

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Series Feature: Health Centers Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Preaching to the Choir in Oregon

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication
-an interview with Len Barozzini, DDS, Multnomah County-

President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency and then revised that statement to a “public health emergency.” In this, the second in our series on how Region X is responding to this emergency, we interview a dental director who would probably agree that a public health emergency was exactly what he walked into not so very long ago. His story is unlike many, though, in that he quickly discovered he was preaching to the choir.

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Spotlight on Maintenance Staff Next Month

Feature a fantastic janitorial, building, grounds, or maintenance staff member in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by January 12.

Email Alyssa now

Suite 330: NWRPCA News

NWRPCA's Concerns with H.R.3922 Championing Healthy Kids Act

NWRPCA recognizes and appreciates recent efforts in the House to continue funding for essential health care programs, including community health centers and CHIP. However, we are concerned that the mechanism for paying for these programs will come at the expense of the Prevention and Public Health Fund and we urge the Senate to come up with a long-term bipartisan solution that continues funding for community health centers and CHIP, but does not do so at the expense of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. We need health care programs like community health centers and CHIP to assure access to health care services, and we also need a strong public health infrastructure that promotes and protects the health of all individuals and communities.

Read the full statement.

Farewell to Rosa and Leslie

We bid a fond farewell to Rosa Mitsumasu Scotti, NWRPCA's Development Specialist, who has moved to sunny San Diego and will be working at Casa Cornelia Law Center supporting immigrants' rights. Rosa brought such a positive approach and professionalism to her role here, as well as a great sense of humor and commitment to the mission, and has expanded and deepened our sponsor and exhibitor relationships. Thank you Rosa, we will miss you!

NWRPCA would like to thank Leslie Fisher, our fantastic intern over the past seven months, for her time and commitment to the organization. We enjoyed having her help in the marketing department and at conferences. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors!

We're Hiring!

Development Specialist

Stay tuned: We'll be hiring for a position in our Community Health Improvement Team and for a part-time Marketing Assistant in the New Year

Professional Development

Primary Care and Behavioral Health Team-based Care Webinar Series

January-December 2018

Are you working with patients that may be difficult to engage? Do you struggle to help your patients learn how to improve their health? Join us and learn how to engage and improve outcomes of patients through the work of your care team.

In this ten-part webinar series, we will cover many clinical and operational best practices within behavioral health. There will be one 60-minute webinar each month that will examine a different topic. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic training and opportunities to interact together to share ideas and ask questions.

The first 20 registrants receive half off the webinar series: use code $300Webinar at checkout

Register now

Health Center Program Requirements - What's New? What's Different? What is Great Practice?

January 24-25 in Seattle, WA

HRSA recently issued a new revision of the Health Center Program Requirements Compliance Manual, and while the basic requirements remain, there are many changes in the performance indicators and interpretations. Some new indicators for meeting them have been added; some others have been modified or deleted. This two-day training will go in-depth into what is required, what has changed, and how to meet and exceed the performance expectations. Successfully prepare for your next Operational Site Visit by attending this very important training!

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Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management Year-Long Webinar Series

January-December 2018

In this ten-part webinar series, participants will cover a variety of topics that promote and inform community health-driven chronic disease prevention and self-management methods and practices. There will be one 60-minute webinar each month throughout the 2018 calendar year that will examine a different topic. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic trainings and interactive conversations to share ideas and ask questions.

Anyone part of the care team is encouraged to join this webinar series, including clinicians, mid-level staff and managers, case managers, support staff, community-facing leaders and staff, and providers. Care teams that jointly participate in the series will benefit greatly.

The first 20 registrants receive half off the webinar series: use code $300Webinar at checkout

Register now

Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 22-24 in Seattle, WA

The Western Forum brings together health professionals from migrant and community health centers and allied organizations for the purposes of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development.

This year's theme - Resilient, Strong Communities: Laying the Foundation for Health Equity - reminds us of the power of relentless collective action and persistent unified voices. Ultimately, it is the resilient community that creates sustainable, lasting change.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? View prospectus

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Critical Skills for Mid-Level Managers

March 21-22 in Seattle, WA

Community Health Centers are a crucial aspect of the health care safety net, and knowledgeable, skilled, and versatile managers and supervisors are key to your organization’s ability to successfully serve your patients and community. This course is an intensive two-day management skills program that will cover employee engagement, communication, behavioral interviewing, conflict resolution, finance and more. It concludes with a capstone project that will put into action what you have learned back at your health center. This course is designed to meet the specific needs of CHC mid-level managers and supervisors by providing hands-on management skill building for immediate implementation to strengthen both your teams and your organization!

Register now

Strategies for Diabetes Care Management

April 20 in Boise, ID

More information coming soon!

Spring Primary Care Conference and Membership Meeting-submit an abstract

May 19-22 in Portland, OR

Is your health center great at managing diabetes? Do you have high patient satisfaction scores? Do you have an outstanding marketing department? Whatever you are good at, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting an abstract to present at the Spring Primary Care Conference.

Abstract deadline: December 29

Submit an abstract

Finance Management Bootcamp

June 19-20 in Seattle, WA

The Finance Management Bootcamp two-day training is designed for people relatively new to the FQHC industry and would like to become familiar with all the terms, issues, and regulations facing FQHCs. The objectives of this session will be geared toward educating new CFOs and other finance/business office personnel of FQHCs with all the topics and relevant issues they will need to know.

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Crucial Management Skills for CHC Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors of All Levels

September 26-27 in Anchorage, AK

Great management skills are necessary for CHC managers at every level of your organization! This CHC-specific course provides an opportunity for leaders, managers and supervisors throughout your health center to learn, reinvigorate, and practice a wide range of management skills crucial to effectively hire, train, manage, and develop others. This training will provide two days of intensive, hands-on learning for immediate implementation and long-term impact.

Register now

Opportunities from Our Partners

Improving Access and Linkage to Care in Underserved Populations and Baby Boomers
December 13, 9:00 am PT

By attending this session, participants will receive practical tools and examples to improve their ability to link patients with Hepatitis C to care and treatment.


National Call In Day

December 14

Call your congressperson to fix the health center funding cliff

Housing Instability and Diabetes Outcomes in Agricultural Workers and LGBT Communities

December 14, 11:00 am PT

This session will focus on identifying the social determinants of health characteristics, how they impact chronic disease management, and the challenges health centers faced in addressing diabetes for these vulnerable mobile communities.

Learn more

Incorporating Capital Plans and Capitalization Goals into Strategic Planning

December 14, 11:00 am PT

This session will introduce participants to strategic planning concepts and how to incorporate needed facilities replacement or expansion projects into your plan, including strategies to obtain financing for capital projects. We will also cover detailed planning tools and techniques for addressing capital needs as part of your strategic planning effort.


Understanding Health Disparities in Rural America
December 18, 11:00 am PT

The recent MMWR report, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults, looked at health disparities among rural racial and ethnic groups. Join authors of the report as they provide an overview of racial and ethnic health disparities in rural communities, including indicators such as health-related quality of life and chronic health conditions.
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Geiger Gibson Health Policy Fellows Program
Applications due December 31

The Fellows Program is designed for motivated mid-level and senior level staff pursuing management and leadership careers in health centers and PCAs. Each Fellows class is limited to 25 participants to keep the program intimate.

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Update on the HRSA UDS Sealant Measure

January 5 at 9:00 am PT
This session will highlight the 2016 UDS data results for the dental sealants measure and will assist health centers to more accurately and completely collect the different data elements of the measure and will offer suggestions on how programs can improve.

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Adapting Medical-Legal Partnership to your Health Center and Community
January 9 at 11:00 am PT

Register now

Clinical Perspectives of Transgender & Non-binary Health Care
January 19, Bellevue, WA

Gender health is a fast-growing field impacting primary and specialty care, as well as behavioral health. This Kaiser Permanente CME course offers the best clinical practices on transgender and non-binary health for providers new to the field and for those with more clinical experience.

Learn more

National Center for Farmworker Health- call for artists

Samples due January 19, 2018
Each year, NCFH commissions an artist to depict an image relevant to the lifestyle
of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers to support the Migrant Health
Scholarship Award program. A $1000 cash prize will be awarded
Learn more


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: CHAP Clinical Instructor at Tanana Chiefs Conference

Idaho: Family Nurse Practitioner Float at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: Executive Assistant at The Wallace Medical Concern

Washington: Director of Operations at International Community Health Services

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: Southcentral Foundation receives prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, one of only two healthcare organizations in the country to receive the award

Idaho: Community Council of Idaho distributes turkeys to migrant and seasonal farmworker families for Thanksgiving

Oregon: Jay Richards, CMO at Umpqua Community Health Center, awarded $70,000 grand prize at the 2017 Roseburg Angel Investor Network conference for his startup, Simple Screens

Washington: International Community Health Services opens new vision clinic in Seattle's International District

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




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Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



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Northwest Pulse 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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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U58CS06846, "S/RPCAs," total award $950K, with 65% of program funded by nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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