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What you Need to Know about Public Charge and the Intersections with Health Centers


Elizabeth Oseguera, Senior Policy Analyst, California Primary Care Association

Elizabeth will be presenting on Monday, May 21, at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.

Public Charge is a term used in immigration law to describe an individual who is dependent on the government. The likelihood that a person will become a public charge is considered when the U.S. State Department Embassy or Consular officers abroad review visa applications for entrance or re-entrance into the United States, as well as when USCIS reviews applications for legal permanent resident (LPR) status in the US (i.e. applying for a green card). Public charge is NOT taken into consideration for people who have LPR status and are applying to become U.S. citizens. When determining if a person is likely to become a public charge, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires the government to consider a variety of factors, including the person’s age, health, resources, family size, and education and skills.

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Elizabeth Oseguera


Physician Burnout - A National Crisis


Warren Johnson, MN, RN(ret.), CEO; and  Joshua Hurwitz, MD Medical Director, Scribe-X Northwest and Med-X


Scribe-X is a Bronze Welcome Reception Sponsor and Wine Tour Sponsor for the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.

Burnout among America's physicians is well documented. Doctors face increased pressure to see more patients, yet growing dissatisfaction with the type of duties medicine requires, and time it takes to complete the work, has become untenable for more and more physicians. As a result, many physicians are leaving clinical practice. Many strategies have been employed to address this issue, including changing compensation and benefits, outsourcing more clinical support and administrative services, as well as changing staffing matrixes. The intervention that has provided the most significant and measurable impact on physician satisfaction is the implementation of a medical scribe program.

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Warren Johnson

Joshua Hurwitz


Past, Present and Future


Ann Hogan, M.Ed., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Ann Hogan Consulting

Ann will be presenting on Saturday, May 19, at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.

What is the best predictor of a person's future behavior? Past behavior.

It has been shown many times that a person's past behavior is a good predictor of their future behavior. This same prediction can be applied to an organization's behavior. That is why it is critical for an organization to "look back" on their behavior and patterns. When an organization takes the time to "look back" on their patterns and behavior they begin to understand what needs to change to not have history repeat itself in the future.

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Past, Present and Future


Breaking through Barriers


Chris McGuigan, Marketing Sr. Principal; and Mark Montague, Marketing Sr. Consultant, The Delta Companies

The Delta Companies will be exhibiting at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference. They are also a partner organization offerong physician and allied health placements for NWRPCA members.

Across the nation, the need for quality healthcare services far outpaces the number of available providers. This gap has led to issues like longer wait times and rising costs, even for facilities that are proactively working to optimize staffing. The greatest need is finding providers who can fulfill long- and short-term needs within a range of specialties and practices. This is especially pronounced at CHCs.

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Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers


NWRPCA is pleased to partner with AACHC for the Population Health track on Sunday and Monday, May 20-21, at the 2018 Spring Primary Care Conference.

Since 1985, the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC) has served as Arizona's Primary Care Association (PCA). AACHC and its members currently comprise the state’s largest primary care provider network. This includes 25 full members and nine associate members with over 230 physical locations throughout Arizona where people can receive services. Of those members, 23 are Community Health Centers or Look-Alikes with over 150 sites collectively.

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Data Points

Data Points - May 2018


How Many Rural Health Centers are there in Region X?

Thomas Johnson, Data & Information Specialist, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association


Last month, we kicked this column off by looking at the number of patients served as a percent of the general population. The general question that article attempted to answer was "How many people in a given state are health center patients?"

This week we're shifting gears and focusing on the question of rurality. More specifically, "How many health center service delivery sites in Region X are located in rural areas?"

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 ATSU Alumni Spotlight

Caitlin Karplus, DO


Primary Care Physician
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

I was asked to write about my decision to return to a CHC after residency. That decision was actually pretty easy after deciding to go to ATSU and then to The Wright Center for residency. At the risk of sounding like a walking billboard for the program, the ATSU structure leads very well to the Wright Center residency and then to working in a CHC. I'm always surprised when I meet other doctors who don't know about CHCs when I've been spending time training in them since my 2nd year of medical school. This early exposure definitely had an important role in my decision.

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Caitlin Karplus

Suite 330 News

Aine Foran
Nate Thomas
Maribel Montes de Oca

Welcoming New Staff

NWRPCA recently welcomed three new staff members: Aine Foran, Nathan Thomas, and Maribel Montes de Oca. They have assumed roles in Program Support, Workforce and Community Health Improvement. Learn more about Aine, Nate and Maribel online — and be sure to say hello to them at the upcoming Spring Primary Care Conference!

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Stay Connected to NWRPCA

Are you interested in staying up to date on the latest Health Center news and educational opportunities? Connect with us on our LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to be the first to know about upcoming NWRPCA conferences, trainings, and webinars. Also, don't miss out on recordings and presentations from past trainings and workshops on our YouTube channel and Learning Vault.

Professional Development

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.


View the final agenda

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Free Webinar!


Biennial Salary Survey 101

May 30 Online


Join Andrea Martin, Workforce Development & Member Services Director at CHAMPS, and NWRPCA as we walk through the steps of how your CHC can participate in the salary survey data collection beginning May 30, 2018.

The data your CHC provides will help us develop a report that enables organizations to determine whether their salary and benefits packages are competitive in comparison with similar organizations in the region.


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Salary Survey

Primary Care and Behavioral Health Team-based Care Webinar Series


January-December 2018 Online

Join us and learn how to engage and improve outcomes of patients through the work of your care team. This ten-part webinar series covers many clinical and operational best practices within behavioral health. The webinar series will be a blend of didactic training and opportunities to interact together to share ideas and ask questions.


The next webinar of the series, Expanding the Team Beyond the Four Walls, is June 13 from 12-1 PM PT.

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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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Free Webinar!


Engaging Individual Major Donors in the Work of Your Health Center: A Proven Model

June 19 from 1:00-2:00 PM PT Online


In this webinar, you will learn:

- An overview of the Benevon Model, a proven system for building sustainable funding from multiple-year individual donors

- How to implement mission-focused, permission-based fundraising

- How to make your health center more visible in your community

- How to identify and personally cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission.

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Free Webinar!


So What Now? Putting Your New Workforce Plan into Action

June 20 from 11:00-12:00 PM PT Online


Join us for this free webinar on June 20, 2018 at 11AM PST. This workforce webinar is in partnership with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) and all five Region X PCAs: NWRPCA, Alaska Primary Care Association, Idaho Primary Care Association, Oregon Primary Care Association, and Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers.


The event is limited to the first 100 people registered. Sign up now.

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

January-December 2018 Online


Participants will cover a variety of topics that promote and inform community health-driven chronic disease prevention and self-management methods and practices in this ten-part webinar series. 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 next webinar of the series, Care Coordination: The Role of Enabling Services, is June 27 from 12-1 PM PT.

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Smart Governance: Creating the Conditions for Success of those who Deliver and Manage Health Service

June 28, August 9 and September 20 from 12:00-1:00 PM PT Online 


Join us for "Smart Governance: Creating the Conditions for Success of those who Deliver and Manage Health Services," a 3-part webinar series this summer. Webinars are scheduled in June, August and September -- leading up to the annual Fall Primary Care Conference in Denver, CO.

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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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Fall Primary Care Conference

October 20-23 in Denver, CO


The 2018 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference, in partnership with WCN, to be held in Denver, CO, October 20- 23, 2018, provides education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building, and program and policy development for like-minded community health professionals and their partners.

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Innovation through Elevation

Opportunities from Our Partners

Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference

June 3-5, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ
This event will bring together healthcare leadership from across the region to focus on health center clinical and management teams with the goal of improving overall efficiency and effectiveness in care delivery. For full conference details, please visit

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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

Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU)

June 19-20 in Sacramento, CA
Join the California Primary Care Association and the Nevada Primary Care Association for their upcoming training, Federal Tort Claims Act University (FTCAU), an innovative and collaborative training conference presented by Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Federal Tort Claims Division to members of the health center community.

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: Executive Director at Bethel Family Clinic

Idaho: Nurse Practitioner at CHAS Health

Oregon: Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultant at Mosaic Medical

Washington: Dental Hygienist at Moses Lake Community Health Center

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: Tribes and health center discuss a range of topics at annual Tribal Unity Gathering


Idaho: ISU's Kasiska Division of Health Sciences dedicates Day of Research to tackling Idaho's opioid crisis


Oregon: Oregon fights opioid plague with "community paramedics" and legal marijuana


Washington: Washington state city chosen to host the national launch of a new research program from NIH called All of Us

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics




Cardinal Health





Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank



Featured Vendors


McKesson Henry Schein

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.


® Northwest Regional Primary Care Association 2018


We welcome your comments and feedback as well as your news items. Please email us your thoughts and your news, resources and opportunities to share at


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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