Northwest Pulse February 2018
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Cultural Barriers to Prenatal Care among Indigenous Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Skagit and Whatcom Counties

Colleen Pacheco, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and Ileana Ponce, Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees

Many female indigenous Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers (MSFW) in Northwest Washington tend to access late prenatal care. Yet evidence demonstrates that early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy and birth. There is limited understanding of the reasons for this delay, which is the catalyst for an exploratory pilot study on barriers to prenatal care being conducted by Sea Mar’s MSFW Promotores Program in collaboration with the Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees, and funded by the UW Latino Center for Health.

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Healthy Gen Rolls Out Community Health Worker Integration Pilot Program

Sarah Salomon, Healthy Gen

In September of 2016, Healthy Gen, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, began its Community Health Worker (CHW) Integration Pilot program. CHWs serve as a bridge between the community and health care, government and social service systems. The objective of the pilot program is to integrate one CHW into each primary care clinic to address chronic disease prevention and management, with an emphasis on diabetes, hypertension, and screening for breast, cervical, and colon cancer.The pilot is located in six clinics across five Accountable Communities of Health regions.

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Supporting Community Health Workers, the First Responders to Community Crisis

Elizur Bello, The Next Door, Martha Lucia Garcia, Marist College, Lorena Sprager, The Next Door

The authors discuss a study co-designed by CHWs and social workers aimed to learn about the involvement CHWs have in meeting the mental health needs of the Latin@ community. The results affirm that CHWs are responding to a mental health crisis, filling a gap in adequate services, but may might not be trained to address. CHWs want to serve their communities and recognize that, to this goal, they need additional training, recognition of the complexity of this work, and support from supervisors and their institutions.

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The Complexities of Migration and Health

Liliana Osorio, Health Initiative of the Americas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health


Although migration is a natural phenomenon that has always been an integral part of human history, the politics, regulations and debates about migration have intensified in recent years. Moreover, when talking about migrant health it is quite common to find confusion and inconsistencies in the terminology used to refer to migrant populations, as well as misconceptions regarding their health issues.

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Collaborative Research Invites Partnership and Empowerment

Bonnie Bade and Noemi Jara, CSU San Marcos Anthropology Department


In the Anthropology Laboratory at Cal State San Marcos, members of the indigenous migrant community of San Jerónimo gather to meet with students to share their migration and work histories. The community belongs to the Coalition of Indigenous Oaxacan Communities.


In the areas of research surrounding migrant and farmworker communities, a new paradigm, Collaborative Anthropology, promotes partnership and empowerment. Collaborative anthropology involves long-term community-based research projects with community partners living regionally.

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Series Feature: Health Centers Tackling the Opioid Epidemic



They Couldn't Win for Losing-Until...

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication
-an interview with Dr. Kristin Miller, Siskiyou Community Health Center

While some healthcare providers are only now beginning to address the prescription opioid crisis, this is the story of an Oregon CHC that has been struggling to do a good job with that challenge for years – and it was burning out their providers. But this medical director re-ignited the effort in 2013 and, working hand-in-hand with her administrative leaders, she finally found success.

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Spotlight on Health Center Staff

Janice Emery, Cowlitz Family Health Center

We at Cowlitz Family Health Center wanted to recognize Janice Emery our CIO as our very outstanding IT staff. Janice joined CFHC in 2001 as a receptionist and worked her way up and through the organization over the years gaining a deep understanding of all aspects of operations. After managing the Billing Department and facing numerous technology challenges especially in the IT support area Janice moved into the CIO position. Since taking the reins of the department, Janice has vastly improved IT response time for technical problem resolution while improving internal customer services standards. Bringing her knowledge of operations combined with her incredible attention to detail Janice continues to be an integral and indispensable part of our organization.

-Jim Coffee, COO/Deputy Director

Facilities Crew, Northwest Human Services

A lot of facilities staff work behind the scene and aren’t know by clients of the health center. Well, not Rod, Mike, & Keldon! These three are known by many of our patients and by all of our staff. All three of them make their way around our agency during the course of their day and are known for going above and beyond for not only patients but staff too. If they learn a patient has a need that we can help with, they don’t hesitate to contact someone at the clinic or jump into action themselves. It’s not uncommon for our facilities team to help someone who has locked their keys in their car, run to the automotive store and buy a car part for a patient, or even call the clinic to get a client at our homeless program an appointment. They understand the culture of our Community Health Center and have earned the trust of many of our clients. We’re lucky to have a Facilities team who does so much more than what’s in their job descriptions.

-Yutanah Bowes, Clinic Director

Spotlight on Pharmacy Staff Next Month

Feature a fantastic pharmacy staff member in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by March 16

Email Alyssa now

Suite 330: NWRPCA News


Nominations Open for Annual Awards

Legacy Award- Honors an individual who has dedicated his/her career to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who has contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Northwest region.

Nominate someone for the 2018 Legacy Award


Summit Award- The 2018 Summit Award will be given to an outstanding leader in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Nominate someone for the 2018 Summit Award

Learn more about our annual awards and see past winners


Welcome Janeane and Caroline!

Janeane Harwell is our new Development Specialist. She has a lifelong commitment to social justice and equitable access to health care. Recently Janeane worked at the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to create opportunities and fund collaborative community and academic research projects. Janeane is committed to NWRPCA's mission, and will continue to pursue the creation and support of equitable access to health care.


Caroline Baptist is our brand new Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has over nine years of advertising and marketing experience, including several years working specifically with nonprofits. She is passionate about community outreach and health care access, and is excited to contribute her skill set to support NWRPCA's vision and mission.

We're Hiring!

Come join our team!


Community Health Improvement Specialist


Member Services Specialist

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.

Register now

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. Care teams that jointly participate in the series will benefit greatly.

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.

Register now

Critical Skills for Mid-Level Managers

March 21-22 in Seattle, WA


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!


Hurry, only a few spots remain!

Register now

Addressing Diabetes through Patient Engagement and Technology

April 20 in Boise, ID


Learn from health centers throughout the region about the diabetes projects they are engaged in, and hear from subject matter experts on tools and technologies to engage patients and families in planning, delivery and evaluation care. This conference will inspire you to try new diabetes projects, engage patients and tailor your diabetes program to the population you serve.


Registration coming soon

Spring Primary Care Conference

May 19-22 in Portland, OR


The annual Spring Primary Care Conference is one of our cornerstone offerings. Open to all organizations and individuals interested and/or working in community health, join us to learn from prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, network with primary care colleagues, and much more. The Spring Primary Care Conference also hosts NWRPCA's annual membership meeting.


We are pleased to offer 25% off one full registration to a member health center employee that has not had the opportunity to attend a NWRPCA training (one per health center)

Register now

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.

Register now

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

Youth Voices in Alaska's Health Projects
February 20 at 12:00 PT

Learn how programs can follow best practices and overcome common challenges to develop more youth-driven programs, sharing examples from violence and pregnancy prevention initiatives. Learn how engagement activities are exposing young people to public health approaches for problem solving and encouraging them to follow careers in the field.

Learn more and register

Connecting Oral and Heart Health: Blood Pressure Screening and Smoking Cessation in the Dental Setting

February 21 at 9:00 am PT
Attend session

Hope from our Grandmothers: Decolonizing Data through Stories of Resilience

February 21 at 1:00 pm PT

This webinar will review some of the modern scientific values in comparison to American Indian and Alaska Native ways of knowing and provide examples of indigenous research concepts as they align with decolonizing data.

Learn more

Achieving Health Equity and Improving Health Behaviors by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

February 22 at 11:00 PT

Part of HRSA's Behavioral Health Equity Town Hall Webinar Series
Register here

Capital Development Technical Assistance (TA) Webinar: Capital Program Updates and Project Highlights

February 22 at 12:00 PT

HRSA webinar
Attend session

Successful Models and Examples of Inter-Professional Oral Health and Primary Care Training Programs

February 26 at 11:00 am PT

This webinar will highlight efforts to combat health disparities through the integration of primary care and oral health training.
Register here

The Need for Research and Data to Address Transportation Barriers

February 28 at 11:00 am PT

First in three-part Transportation Webinar Series offered by Health Outreach Partners on innovative efforts to overcome transportation barriers to healthcare.
Register here


Clinical STD Update
March 15 in Spokane, WA
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

Register now

Training for New Clinical Directors
March 17-18 in Washington, DC

This NACHC training provides the core knowledge and competencies that all health center Clinical Directors need to function as effective managers, leaders, and advocates for their health centers and communities.

Learn more


Community Health Worker Conference

April 12-13 in Lynnwood, WA
This conference is for community health workers from across the state to come together to learn new skills, support and empower each other, and showcase their own successes.
Learn more


13th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health

June 18-21 in Oakland, CA
The Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health is an international event that provides an inter-disciplinary applied research platform for migration and global health, that includes public health, public policy, and social sciences perspectives.

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: Behavioral Health Clinician at Iliuliuk Family Health Services

Idaho: Dentist at CHAS Health

Oregon: Public Health Nurse Manager at Benton County Health Services


Washington: Resource Development Manager/Grant Writer at HealthPoint

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 hosted its 21st annual gathering to celebrate family, health and wellness

Idaho: Heritage Health's Pam Houser, Community Relations Director, has been named Citizen of the Year of Post Falls


Oregon: U.S. Representative Greg Walden visits Valley Family Health Care site in Ontario to learn about the challenges of providing care in the area


Washington: The Seattle Indian Health Board is working to address Native American homelessness

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Cardinal Health





Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



Featured Vendors


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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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