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Special Thanks to Departing NWRPCA Staff

Tuesday, March 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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It’s with bittersweet emotions that we at NWRPCA say thanks and goodbye this month to two of our staff family, our Workforce Development program manager Naveen Kanithi and our Member Services Manager Alyssa Panning. 


Naveen has been with us for seven years, the first four of those as the Rotations Coordinator at the ATStill University osteopathic medical school campus we administer in Portland.  His dedicated efforts to build out our historically-important workforce development programming have led to exciting new initiatives around “growing our own” and recruiting and helping retain the best talent for NW health centers.  We’re delighted to announce that Naveen’s been hired as the first CEO of the relatively new National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA).  NIMAA was founded by several nationally-prominent health centers, Community Health Centers Inc. in Connecticut and Salud in Colorado, both of which are long-time NWRPCA partners in workforce development.  Naveen is moving to Denver to assume his new role, and since NWRPCA’s been actively in dialogue with NIMAA since its inception, we’re saying goodbye to Naveen only as a direct NWRPCA employee; we look forward to working with him and key NIMAA stakeholders on MA training and development both regionally and nationally. 


Alyssa, her husband Lincoln and their young son Ulysses are similarly moving out of the Northwest.  Alyssa and her family will first take an exciting trip to Kenya before “landing” more permanently in Salt Lake City where Lincoln will begin his medical fellowship in hematopathology and molecular genetics.  Alyssa has been with us for over three years and was instrumental in designing, obtaining full membership approval for and implementing our new member dues model last year; in building stronger relationships with members through new C-suite staff orientation calls and meetings, on-going check-ins and periodic site visits; developing key conference tracks and telehealth partnerships, among many other initiatives; and producing our annual stakeholder reports and membership meetings.   Since Alyssa originally came to us from Colorado where she worked for CHAMPS, our Region VIII association counterpart, we’re excited to hear her immediate professional goal is to remain in the community health center movement. 

Alyssa and Naveen, we wish you the best in your future adventures, both personal and professional, and while we’ll miss you tremendously, we know we’ll “see you around” in Community Health!  


- Bruce Gray, CEO, NWRPCA

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