Northwest Pulse January 2018
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Converting a Syringe Exchange into a Harm Reduction Program

Dian Cooper and Jim Coffee, Cowlitz Family Health Center

In September, Cowlitz Family Health Center (CFHC) took over the Cowlitz County Public Health Department’s 17 year old Syringe Exchange Program. With barely a month’s notice CFHC needed to make some very big decisions on how to best implement the program to include some much needed services while trying to address some of the community’s concerns. Taking on the Syringe Exchange was an exciting prospect for the staff and managers of the SUD programs. The Board and Leadership team agreed it was an important community resource and worth the investment.

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Catch the Health Bug!

William North, Rogue Community Health

We at Rogue Community Health are proud to introduce a fleet of five new Volkswagen Beetle “Health Bugs”. Wrapped in colorful graphics, the Bugs can be spotted around the Rogue Valley educating people on the importance of healthy behaviors, reaching patients throughout the valley who experience barriers to accessing healthcare services, and supporting organizations, nonprofits and small businesses through direct services.

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Similar Differences: ATSU Student Publishes Book on World Travels

Benjamin Berthet, ATSU

As a future doctor, I knew I had a lot to learn about the different kinds of people who would make up my future patients. I decided to travel the world at the age of 22, but what I didn’t know was that my daily conversations and lessons across 23 countries would help me stumble upon a new, single approach to how people think and interact with one another. Similar Differences analyzes this approach in detail and how it can develop into solutions that transcend fear, history, race, politics, socioeconomic status, cultural differences, and more.

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Clinical Workforce Development: Transforming Teams, Training the Next Generation

Anna Rogers, Community Health Center, Inc.

As the Project Director of the National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) on Clinical Workforce Pipeline Development from Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute, I am excited to share with you our training and technical assistance opportunities that are available to health centers in your region. The NCA addresses the most fundamental need of health centers now and for the coming decades: a clinically expert, deeply committed staff representing all roles and disciplines in primary care that is trained to a high-performance model of team-based care.

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Series Feature: Health Centers Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Hub-and-Spoke Approach on the Kitsap Peninsula

Lynn Gerlach, Tamarack Communication
-an interview with Angela Bland, Peninsula Community Health Services

As the nation’s attention is riveted on the opioid crisis killing Americans every day – in many cases killing people with the very drugs prescribed for them to manage pain – we continue to showcase Region X health centers’ efforts to address the problem in their service areas. This month we return to Washington and a health center that has successfully joined the state’s targeted Hub-and-Spoke approach to substance use disorder treatment. The CHC became the hub for a three-county area.

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Spotlight on IT Staff Next Month

Feature a fantastic IT staff member in next month's edition! Please send Alyssa Panning a short bio and photo by February 9

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

We're Hiring!

Come join our team!

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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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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)

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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.

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Opportunities from Our Partners

Medication-Assisted Treatment: Addressing Substance Abuse in Primary Care

January 17, 10:00 am PT
This Nuka Webinar will cover Southcentral Foundation's (SCF's) approach to handling opioids and opioid addiction, the results seen from it, and the challenges in implementing the approach and how SCF navigated them.

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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.

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
January 22-28
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a national health observance designed to equip schools and communities with the materials and tools they need to educate young people about the effects of drugs on their brain, body and behavior.
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Meaningful Use Versus Quality Payment – Health IT Incentives for 2017 and 2018

January 23, 12:00 PT

This webinar will summarize the latest CMS guidelines, and clarify the options and requirements for providers in the 2017 EHR incentive program reporting period and beyond.

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Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Retention in HIV Care

January 24, 9:00 am PT

The session will focus on disparities in retention in HIV care among at-risk populations including gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Topics will include facilitators and barriers to retention in care among people living with HIV/AIDS. The session will review current state-of-the-art practices and interventions focused on improving retention.

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Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation
January 25, 12:00 PT

Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding.
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Using Data to Succeed with Risk-Based Contracts

January 25, 11:00 PT
This webinar will help health center leadership assess whether they are investing sufficiently in the clinical and administrative infrastructure and analytics to succeed under risk-based payment.

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Health Center Strategies for Diabetes Screening and Prevention for Children, Adults, and the Elderly

January 29, 9:00 am PT
This webinar will explore diabetes prevention and care strategies across the lifespan. Presenters will discuss standards of care in the screening and prevention for children, adults, and the elderly, sharing experiences from the field.

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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

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


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: Lab Director at Tanana Chiefs Conference

Idaho: Finance Director at Glenns Ferry Health Center

Oregon: Family Physician at Northwest Human Services

Washington: Therapist or Clinical Social Worker at Columbia Valley Community Health

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: Riley Hall, behavioral health clinician at Alaska Island Community Services, is part of Wrangell Early Prevention Coalition, aimed at preventing bullying

Idaho: Kaniksu Health Services and the local prosecutor's office established the LillyBrooke Center, an advocacy center for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Oregon: Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's new program, Transitions of Care, offers home visits

Washington: Community Health Plan of Washington's CEO Leanne Berge discusses whole person care

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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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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