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Medicated Assisted Treatment and Health Centers

Barbara DiPietro, PhD, Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council


"My life changed completely in just 3 months!" 


After three years addicted to opioids, Pam was ready to make a change. In May, she started on buprenorphine at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore and by the time I met her in July, she was exuberant about her new life. I asked her how the MAT program helped her and she was emphatic: "I look better, I feel better, and I don't have the urge to do drugs anymore." She went on to describe that she's more stable, she's able to focus on her goals to work and be with her family, and especially how she's now spending time with her granddaughter. She firmly believes that MAT saved her life.

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NWRPCA Announces Partnership with BlueNovo

From its inception, BlueNovo has had an overarching organizational mission to deliver complex, mission critical projects within healthcare organizations marked by a methodology embedded with a focus on simplicity, agility and innovation. Founded by Senior Technology Executives with an extensive record of deploying intricate systems within complex organizational environments, its leaders are intimately aware of the potential downside a healthcare organization faces when it embarks on an enormous transition such as an EHR (Electronic Health Record) Implementation.

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Social Determinants of Health: Pharmacy Deserts in the Pacific West

Medication adherence is a large and costly problem in the United States. Studies estimate that about 125,000 people die each year in the U.S. because they don’t take their medications as prescribed. It’s a problem that costs our health care system around $300 billion annually. Policymakers have long focused on trying to keep medications affordable as a means of improving adherence, but there is a growing amount of research indicating that a lack of access to pharmacy services also shares the blame.

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Diabetes & Hypertension Corner


















Unity Care's Whatcom Veggie Rx Program


Kyle Davidson, Population Health Director,  Unity Care NW


Making the changes needed to manage or prevent diabetes can be challenging for many patients, particularly those struggling with food insecurity or social isolation. In the hope of addressing both of these challenges, Unity Care NW in Bellingham, Washington is offering two innovative new programs to its diabetic and pre-diabetic patients.


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Data Points

PCMH in Region X

Thomas Johnson, Data & Information Specialist, NWRPCA


With an eye towards improving patient experience and health outcomes, since 2012 health centers in Region X have steadily adopted practices and standards that make them Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). Today, 85% of all health centers across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington are officially recognized as medical homes.

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Suite 330 News











Join NWRPCA's Peer Networking Center 

Our function-specific groups provide staff members at Region X CHCs and PCAs an opportunity to share knowledge and seek advice on topics critical to their work.


Communicate directly with your peers about issues you face in your daily work through the HR, Financial Performance, Operations, and SUD/OUD groups! 


Join now!


Happy National Health Center Week! 

We are honored to celebrate our health centers during National Health Center Week. So many CHCs hosted wonderful events.  Submit your photos and videos to NACHC here! 


Professional Development

Free Webinar: How to Develop and Manage World-Class Benefits without Breaking the Bank

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2:00-3:00 PM PST


As the cost and complexity of recruiting and retaining top talent increases, community health centers are looking for new ways to stay competitive. Workforce health and retirement benefits are two of the most significant factors in this conversation. Despite the importance of these benefits, few organizations have a structured process by which they measure and manage the effectiveness and cost of their employee health benefits offerings.


Register now

Free Webinar:

Better Pain Control with Fewer Opioids

Monday, September 16, 2019

12:00-1:00 PM PST


Join Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Washington Association for Community Health, and NWRPCA for a webinar  discussing the issues of pain, opioids, and addiction affecting the same part of the brain. This webinar will also explain how our over-prescribing of opioids has led to more pain and addiction in America. With a better understanding of pain, medical providers can treat pain more effectively with better outcomes and fewer complications.


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Recruitment & Retention Webinar Series 2: Mission Engagement & Managers

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

1:00 PM PST, Online


This webinar series is designed for Human Resource staff and management/leadership.

Building a Culture of Retention:

What skills do managers need?

You’ve promoted or hired someone into a management position. Now what? Providing an opportunity for managers to gain skills needed to be effective leaders is a crucial step in the retention of your managers and the staff they supervise. Managers hold a key position in communication across the organization, and investing in their success will lead you to a culture where people want to stay. Join this webinar to learn ways to engage your managers by providing them the training and skills they need to be successful in their roles. 

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2019 Fall Primary Care Conference 

October 5-8, 2019 in Seattle, WA


The 2019 CHAMPS/NWRPCA Fall Primary Care Conference, in partnership with WCN, to be held in Seattle, WA October 5-8, 2019, 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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Responding to the Opioid Epidemic: Leveraging Care Integration in the Health Care Setting

November 15-16, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Sea Mar Community Health Center, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association, and the Washington Association for Community Health come together to offer two full days of training targeting primary care providers, mental health clinicians, and substance use disorder counselors to address the whole spectrum of care around opioids. This will include best practices for the treatment of pain, managing patients on chronic opioid therapy, and treating opioid use disorder in the health center setting.

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Employer of Choice

January 14-15, 2020

Seattle, WA 


Over two days of training, leaders of health centers will learn practical steps they can take towards establishing their health center as an employer of choice, including individual development, organizational leadership, and systemic engagement. The training aims to establish health centers as employers of choice-- specifically, by offering a supportive workplace culture that attracts and retains superior employees and that prioritizes staff and consumer well-being.

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Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute

January-September 2020 in Seattle, WA


Gain crucial collaborative leadership and change management skills needed to succeed as a leader in today's fast-changing public health and primary care landscape. Strengthen and practice competencies in population health, health equity and systems thinking with peers from around the field. This offering is hosted in partnership with the UW Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

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Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health 

February 18-20, 2020 in Sacramento, CA


We invite you to submit an abstract to present at the 2020 Western Forum. Submissions are due Friday, September 6, 2019.


We are looking for local artists, vendors and colleagues that are interested in being part of our Western Forum Mercadito. Join us and share your art and home crafted goods (*non-perishable items only). Fill out the application by Friday, October 4, 2019.

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Opportunities & Resources from our Partners  


Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program Funding Opportunity
HRSA has released the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). It provides funding to support the training of residents in new or expanded primary care residency training programs in community-based settings, such as health centers. Awards will be made for the following: (1) HRSA-funded filled resident positions at existing HRSA THCGME Programs, and (2) new resident positions at new teaching health centers. HRSA anticipates $120 million to be available to fund an estimated 61 awards (56 continuation and up to five new awards) to support residencies for academic year 2020-2021. The period of performance is four years from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024. Apply by Friday, August 30.

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If you are interested in this funding opportunity and would like to know more about how NWRPCA's Education Health Center Initiative can support your organization, please contact



2019 Medication Assisted Treatment & Recovery Symposium 

This CME-accredited conference explores the crucial role that MATR can play in assisting people experiencing homelessness who are also suffering  from substance use disorder. Learn how to build a new MATR program and strengthen existing ones, and learn about barriers to implementing a MATR program.Understand how trauma affects the neurobiology of addiction and find out about tailoring approaches to special populations, and staying patient-centered in the MATR services.

Portland, OR on September 16-17, 2019

Click here to register and learn more



Washington State Immunization Summit
WithinReach, with support from the Washington State Department of Health, is excited to host the second annual Washington State Immunization Summit! This day-long summit is aimed to enhance the effectiveness of health care professionals and systems statewide to promote and deliver immunizations. Topics will include the measles outbreak, vaccination schedule updates, addressing vaccine safety, vaccine hesitancy communication and the Washington State Immunization Information System. 

Event dates:October 8, 2019 7:30-AM-4:30PM

Location: Lynwood, WA 

Click here to learn more 


Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program Training 

The CDC's Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is a way for organizations that are using the National DPP to be recognized by CDC. CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs use a CDC-approved curriculum and have trained lifestyle coaches who facilitate the program and help participants make lasting healthy changes. This training is open to individuals who are affilliated with organizations that have pending recognition or will apply for CDC recognition.

Denver, CO on September 30 - October 1, 2019

Click here to register and learn more


Service Area Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity Released for March 1 Starts 

HRSA released the fiscal year 2020 Service Area Competition (SAC) Notice of Funding Opportunity, HRSA-20-017, for service areas with a March 1, 2020, project period start date (current project period end date is February 29, 2020). Current award recipients should refer to box 6 of the most recent Notice of Award to obtain their project period end date.

Applications are due in by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 26, and in HRSA’s EHBs by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 25. Technical assistance (TA) materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.


Round 2: Medline Community Impact Grant Program for Community Health Centers

Medline is announcing the second round of the Community Impact Grant Program for Community Health Centers. Medline and the Medline Foundation will award results-focused grants addressing prevalent healthcare challenges that help improve patient care or enhance the quality of life for their patients and the community-at-large. Each grant will be capped at $10,000 and the total will not exceed $50,000.

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2019

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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: Operations Officer at Interior Community Health Center

Idaho: Pediatric Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Valley Family Health Center

Oregon: Dentist at Klamath Health Partnership


Washington: Operations Manager in Behavioral/Mental Health at Unity Care NW

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: Health organizations 'gravely concerned' over governor's mental health service cuts 


Idaho: Counties would pay for much of Idaho's Medicaid expansion under a new proposal


Oregon: Oregon health innovation center receives $8M to expand tech support 


Washington: New state law changing vaccine requirements for local children 

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics






Community Health Plan of Washington



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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 2019


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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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