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PCHS Mobile Program

Anthony Lyon-Loftus, MPH, MSHS, PA-C, Associate Medical Director at PCHS and Jessica Qiam, PCHS Quality Department


Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) seeks to provide accessible, affordable, quality health and wellness services for their community. They strive to value every person and eliminate healthcare disparities (

PCHS developed their Mobile Program to focus on those that do not engage traditional primary medical (PCP) and behavioral health (BH) services.   A needs assessment of the community identified several barriers to include absence of affordable housing, food insecurity, limited transportation, lack of insurance, childcare shortages, difficult appointment times, mental illness / social anxiety, substance use, and past negative experiences.

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Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Combines Classroom with Practical Experience

Marc Stewart, Staff Writer, Heritage Health


Harley O’Hanlon and Kaitlyn Carlstad are the next generation of medical professionals. Driven, dedicated and eager to learn more. The Heritage Health duo were members of the first class of a new Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program from the North Idaho College Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. Completing the program meant promotions.

We’re so pleased that Harley and Kaitlyn committed themselves to becoming medical assistants,” said Colleen Krajack, VP of Human Resources at Heritage Health. “They excelled in the program. Their education is going to benefit our patients and their personal careers.” 

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Harassment and Sexual Harassment

Ann Hogan, M.ED., SPRH, SHRM-SCP, Ann Hogan Consulting


We all want to believe that our organization is a place where all individuals feel safe. This includes, employees, patients, vendors and others that visit our workplace. In 2017-2018 Facebook had the hashtag #METOO shared 12 million times…yes, 12 million times!


The 12 million is an important number because it is the number of people (granted a Facebook number) who feel as though they have been harassed or sexually harassed. It is a tough subject to get “real” statistics on as it is something people often don’t report and feel as though they have to “deal” with the behavior that they are being subjected to. ALL forms of harassment are illegal. Employers need to take this seriously as they may be liable for the behavior and in some instances can also be personally liable.

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Protecting Patient Information: Four Focus Areas for Community Health Centers

Joe Gellatly, CEO and Co-Founder, Medcurity, Inc.


In the past three years, headlines proclaiming healthcare data breaches or HIPAA breach penalties have become a near-daily staple. In 2018, there were over 500 health data breaches reported to HHS and the media.


It has become increasingly clear that cybersecurity is a risk factor in healthcare, sometimes with devastating consequences. As a recent example, a California medical clinic announced in September that they would be closing their doors permanently due to a ransomware attack, after they found they were unable to restore their backup data. Following HIPAA security requirements and related best practices are vitally important for healthcare providers.

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Dual Plans 101: United Healthcare Dual Complete Plan Can Bring Additional Benefits, Convenience to Low-Income Seniors and People with Disabilities

United Healthcare


If you interact with people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, you should know about an option that could offer a convenient approach to managing their health care. What’s a Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plan (DSNP)? Most of us have heard of Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare provides health benefits for people over age 65 as well as people younger than 65 who qualify due to a disability. Medicaid provides health benefits for people with low income, though eligibility criteria vary by state.

A UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete plan is a DSNP that provides health benefits for people who are “dually-eligible,” meaning they qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Diabetes & Hypertension Corner


















Join Yavapai County Community Health Services for DTTAC Lifestyle Coach Training


The National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program is the nation's foremost evidence-based program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Get trained by an expert Master Trainer from Emory Centers' Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) and learn how to successfully facilitate the proven-effective lifestyle change program!


November 7-8 at Yavapai County Community Health Services in Prescott, AZ


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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! 


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Professional Development

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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Uniform Data System Training

December 3-4, 2019 in Seattle, WA 


Join us in Downtown Seattle for a two-day training. This training will address each of the UDS Report's tables, including a discussion of the changes that have been made and the definitions necessary to complete the report.

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Engage, Inspire, Transform: Practical Approaches to Becoming an Employer of Choice

January 14-15, 2020 in 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


Early bird rates end this Friday, 10/18! 


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 19-21, 2020 in Sacramento, CA


The Western Forum is a regionally celebrated and nationally recognized conference known for innovative content, expert speakers, and a diverse audience from various disciplines. We look forward to hosting another engaging and vibrant conference.


We are looking for local artists, vendors and colleagues who are interested in being part of our "Western Forum Mercadito". Share your art and home crafted goods (*non-perishable items only). If you are interested in being part of our Western Forum Mercadito please fill-out the application by Monday, November 4, 2019. If you have questions or need support submitting your application contact Maribel Montes de Oca.

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Opportunities & Resources from our Partners  

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

Click here to 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: Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Interior Community Health Center

Idaho: Controller at Valley Family Health Care

Oregon: Dental Director at Multnomah County


Washington: General Dentist 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: Alaska providers will recover some Medicaid cuts under legal settlement


Idaho: Idaho submits work-requirement waiver for Medicaid expansion


Oregon: Oregon health officials recommend six-month ban on vaping products 


Washington: Thousands of Washington students could soon be barred from school as families fail to comply with new vaccination laws

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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.


Northwest Regional Primary Care Association 2019


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