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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Timely News for Region X
May 2015 QuickLinks

Substance Use & Primary Care
FQHC 340B Compliance
New Markets Tax Credit Program
CHWs Provide Maternity Support
Ask Adele

Suite 330 News
Career Center
Region X Highlights
Professional Development
Thank you to our Annual Sponsors
Clifton Larson Allen
Community Health Plan of Washington
HomeStreet Bank
Featured Vendors



29th Annual Spring Primary Care Conference!

Just days until the opening session! Register online quickly, or come as you are and register on site. May 16-19, 2015 in Portland, OR. Register now

Rachel Solotaroff  


Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care:  meet the real elephants in the room

Rachel Solotaroff, Medical Director, Central City Concern

Rachel will be presenting on substance use disorders at the Spring Primary Care Conference May 16-19 in Portland, OR

In 2013, the official number of persons with substance dependence or abuse was 21.6 million, similar to the number each year from 2002 through 2012 (ranging from 20.6 million to 22.7 million).  However, only 10% of people who need treatment for substance abuse receive it, and the vast majority of those not receiving treatment don’t believe they need it. What accounts for this? Our public policy and practice patterns in primary care are the real elephants in the room. Read more

Cheryl Hetland


Best Practices for FQHC 340B Compliance

Cheryl Hetland, Director, CliftonLarsonAllen 

Kyla Delgado, Dan Frein, and Matt Borchardt of CliftonLarsonAllen will present the 2014 AMFOP benchmarking report and other fiscal news at the Spring Primary Care Conference May 16-19 in Portland, OR

In 2014, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) committed an additional $6 million to increase 340B Program integrity and oversight.


With these funds the Office of Pharmacy Affairs intends to double the number of audits performed in FY2015. The focus will be on diversion, duplicate accounts and 340B database records. How should you prepare? Learn how

New Markets Tax Credit Program

Dave Kleiber, Project Consultant, Capital Link

Dave will be presenting on health center financing at the Spring Primary Care Conference May 16-19 in Portland, OR

HRSA recently announced the Health Infrastructure Investment Program or HIIP grants, limited to $1,000,000. This means that health centers will either have to propose relatively small projects with small impacts, or leverage these awards with other sources of capital. One good source is New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) equity.  NMTC structures are complex and intimidating, but qualifying CHCs can work through the intricacies and realize the benefits. Read more

 Dave Kleiber

Community Health Workers Provide Maternity Support

G. Maria Carlos, Program Manager in Parent Child Health, Community Health Services, PHSKC

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been called out as emerging health care providers in the Affordable Care Act.  At Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) they have been providing Maternity Support Services since 2009. Rather than focusing on medical and health needs, the CHWs focus on the life needs of the pregnant woman and serve as a cultural bridge to the care team.  Read more

Image by Mike Goldberg   Image by Mike Goldberg

Ask Adele: Vendors Eliminate Interoperability Cost Barriers

Adele Allison, Director, Provider Innovation Strategies, DST Health Solutions

Adele will be presenting four sessions at the Spring Primary Care Conference May 16-19 in Portland, OR

Question: I recently heard that some EHR vendors are waiving their data-sharing fees to aid the advance of interoperability.  Is this true? 

Read the answer

Adele Allison 

NWRPCA welcomes readers to submit articles in response to our features.

Suite 330: News from NWRPCA »

Bruce Gray Honored by NACHC

Last week NWRPCA CEO Bruce Gray was honored by the National Association of Community Health Centers with the Outstanding Migrant Health Public Service Award. Learn more

Bruce Gray

Need Opioid Prescribing Help?

Are you unsure when to refer patients to pain specialists?  Would you like to connect with other providers to discuss opioid prescribing best practices?  


NWRPCA is partnering with The University of Washington School of Medicine, COPE REMS program, to establish an online community to support peer networking and sharing of best practices and resources.  Please take this three-question survey on opioid training.


Salary and Benefits - We Have a Good Source for You

The goal of the biennial salary survey is to provide market data for crafting competitive salary and benefits packages. The report is industry-niche-specific and appropriate for the health center workforce of our region. You can learn more about this report on our website.

Region X New Access Points

Congratulations to NWRPCA members on receiving New Access Point grants!
  • Family Health Centers, WA
  • Terry Reilly Health Services, ID
  • Health West, Inc., ID
  • Grand Peaks Medical/Dental, ID

In addition, two new Region X grantees received funding, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in ID and North Olympic Health Care Network in WA.  NWRPCA looks forward to working with these new health centers.

NN/LM Technology Award

National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) has announced its 2015-16  Technology Awards, which include Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. We will use the $10K award to replace or upgrade outdated presentation equipment used by speakers at our conferences and seminars, and we will purchase advanced distance learning software to expand a growing catalog of online courses. Through these efforts we intend to improve educational capabilities in both face-to-face settings and distance learning modalities. We are grateful to NN/LM PNR for its continued support.


NWRPCA Career Center »
NWRPCA helps more than 5,000 job seekers find great career opportunity listings.


Nursing Supervisor

Interfaith Community Health Center
Bellingham, WA

Planning and Development Manager

Eastern Aleutian Tribes
Anchorage, AK

EHR Trainer/Administrator

Central City Concern
Portland, OR 

Family Medicine Faculty Physician

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Boise, ID


Region X Highlights



Southcentral Foundation develops partnership with Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care to foster collaborations in research, education, and practice.  Read full article

Ground broken on new health center in Chickaloon that will be managed by Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and the Southcentral Foundation. Read full article

Bethel Family Clinic, Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, Kodiak Island Health Care Foundation, and SVT Health and Wellness awarded with the Alaska Primary Care Quality Excellence Award. Read full article

Ralliers call for Medicaid expansion in Alaska; Front Street Community Health Center board member Mariya Lovishchuk explains how the clinic would benefit.  Read full article

Southcentral Foundation CEO, Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, awarded the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership AwardRead full article

Yukon-Kuskokwin Health Corporation introduces “Dump the Bucket” crowd sourcing campaign to test recycling water in households; half the homes in the area do not have conventional water and sewer systems.  Read full article

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium offers support and treatment for alcohol abuse, offers activities in an alcohol-free setting, including potlucks, drumming circles, and Native arts and crafts nights.  Read full article

Seldovia Village Tribe launched a nine-week walking challenge; residents have logged 1150 miles in just one week.  Read full article

Uncompensated care increasing for Peninsula Community Health Services as many patients fall into Medicaid gap and state funding is being cut.  Read full article


Benewah Medical Center is taking a proactive approach by preventing and treating diabetes, especially among Indians.  Read full article


The Multnomah County Health Department is partnering with Self Enhancement Inc., Latino Network, Native American Youth and Family Center and Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette to create the Adolescents and Communities Together (ACT) project, an effort to keep sexually active teens healthy. Read full article

“Virtual Dental Home” is a tele-health dentistry project in California that may catch on soon in Oregon, according to panelists at the Virginia Garcia Healthcare Symposium. Read full article

Central City Concern has developed bed-bug resistant furniture for its housing programs, which are for sale nationally.  Read full article


Peninsula Community Health saw percentage of patience without insurance plummet, while demand for services rose with Washington’s Medicaid expansion. Read full article

Promised funding for community health centers from Washington State’s recreational marijuana tax not in current House or Senate budgetRead full article

Patty Hayes, Interim Director of Public Health- Seattle & King County, received the 2015 Cynthia F. Shurtleff Award for extraordinary leadership and dedication to health and well-being of women, children, and families in Washington. Read full article

Women earn more than men in Yakima County, likely due to the health care industry, which is dominated by women, and includes employers such as Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. Read full article

Carlos Olivares, CEO of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, describes how his organization collects and uses data to improve healthRead full article

Professional Development

NWRPCA Opportunity

Managing Ambulatory Care I
This four-day NACHC/NWRPCA course takes new clinical directors through the basics and then introduces specific management skills and concepts essential to FQHCs. Presenters include Paul Campbell, MPA, ScD and Robert Hoch, MD, MPH
June 15-18, 2015 in Portland, OR

Visit the NWRPCA trainings page to learn more


Opportunities from Our Learning Connections Partners

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

The Northwest ADA Center presents two webinars with speakers from the Job Accommodation Network. Find more information and register

Part 1: June 2, 10:00am-11:30am PT
Part 2: June 23, 10:00am-11:30am PT


The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice currently has open enrollment for its Public Health Management Certificate (August 2015-July 2016) and the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice (August 3-6, 2015)


2015 Health Center and Public Housing National Symposium

The 2015 Health Center and Public Housing National Symposium will be held September 14-16, 2015, in Alexandria, VA. This year's theme is Healthy Together: Community Collaborations in Healthcare Delivery. Please save the date on your calendar for this event!

Find more professional development opportunities on the NWRPCA trainings page


May is National Mental Health Month
Check out NWRPCA's  behavioral health resources, including assessment and treatment tools, clinical guidelines, case studies, reports, and mental health services by state.   


Funding Opportunity: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities
Funding is available to educate minority populations about the health insurance marketplaces.  View more funding opportunities on the NWRPCA funding opportunities page

QuickNotes 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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