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Welcoming A New Member: Copper River Native Association

NWRPCA is proud to announce a new Safety-Net Affiliate Member, Copper River Native Association in Glennallen, AK! 


Each morning begins like all the others at the Copper River Native Association’s Robert Marshall Building located near Alaska’s mighty Copper River in rural Alaska. Children scurry through the halls to the child development center, passing elders and staff members who offer hugs and encouragement along the way. Community members are greeted warmly by CRNA professionals who work together with families and CRNA professionals to match the best treatment for each client - whether that requires primary medical, behavioral, wellness, or elder care - or a combination of the many healthcare and social services CRNA provides.

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Developing Health Care Best Practices for Washington State through the Bree Collective

Ginny Weir, MPH, Director, Bree Collaborative


Bringing together the siloed pieces of our health care system to focus on improvement is all too rare. The Bree Collaborative was created to do just this – to improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in Washington State. Achieving these goals requires collaboration between the many different stakeholders in health care. Our Collaborative was created in 2011 by our State Legislature to provide an unbiased, transparent setting so that collaboration can be successful. Our members are appointed by the Governor and represent public health care purchasers for Washington State, private health care purchasers (employers and union trusts), health plans, physicians and other health care providers, hospitals, and quality improvement organizations.

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NWRPCA's Leadership Institute Q&A 

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) are collaborating to bring together public health and primary care professionals to train alongside each other in a 9-month Leadership Institute.


Director of NWCPHP Betty Bekemeier and NWRPCA CEO Bruce Gray talk with us more about the leadership institute and why cross-sector training is so vital for our nation’s health system.


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Diabetes & Hypertension Corner


















Tri-Cities Community Health Diabetes Prevention Program


Gaby Araico, Registered Dietitian, Diabetes Ed., Lifestyle Coach at Tri-Cities Community Health


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health chose eight cities across the nation to participate in offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Pasco, Washington is one of the designated cities, largely due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes in the predominantly Hispanic community as well as the lack of Spanish-language disease prevention programs.


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Target: BP Check. Change. Control. Cholestrerol


Juliette Martinez, American Heart Association, Western States Consultant and Millesa Park, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, Director of Healthcare Outcome Metrics


Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) is an FQHC which has over 30 locations throughout Washington and Oregon. As part of its patient-centered approach to care, YVFWC Clinic works with community partners to improve the health of its patients by addressing needs like food, shelter, education, training, and more. One area that needed immediate intervention was improving hypertension rates in YVFWC’s patient population. With that goal in mind, Lesa Park, the clinic’s Director of Healthcare Outcome Metrics presented the Target BP program to leadership knowing that focus and change was a major goal of the organization. With this goal as the driving force, YVFWC joined the Target:BP and Check.Change.Control.Cholesterol initiatives, which resulted in 16 clinics receiving award recognition, 4 of those at the Gold level!


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NWRPCA's Diabetes & Hypertension 2018 Webinar Series


Last year, we hosted a robust webinar series about Chronic Disease Prevention and Self Management: Diabetes & Hypertension. The full webinar series can be found here in our Learning Vault.


If you don't have time to watch the full series, the last session recaps the entire series and can be found here in our Learning Vault. 


For instructions on how to access our Learning Vault, please click here



Data Points

Good Health in Region X: Part 1

Alexcia Devasquez, Data & Information Specialist, NWRPCA


With Diabetes Awareness Month we see an emphasis on healthy eating and diet education regarding diabetes type 1 and 2. In Data Points we will look at the data that has been collected regarding our consumption, obesity statistics, and how well we are doing as a region to have these conversations with our patients.

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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! 


Join now!




NWRPCA Region X Health Center Census 


Every year, NWRPCA collects select information on Region X FQHCs so that NWRPCA can tailor its programming and services to better meet the needs of the region. Take a look at a snapshot of the results!


Snapshot of results

Professional Development

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.

Register now

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


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.


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Opportunities & Resources from our Partners  

Beyond Flexner Conference

The 2020 Beyond Flexner Conference  is focused on Transforming Health Professions Education: Social Mission, Equity, and Community. Co- hosted by Beyond Flexner Alliance, A.T. Still University, and Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, this global convening brings together educators, policy makers, researchers, representatives of community organizations and civic groups, and student and residents who are committed to social mission in health professions education. This year’s conference keynoters include Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, and Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH.

Call for abstracts and proposals are open now through Nov. 20, 2019!

Conference is April 20-22, 2020. in Phoenix, AZ


Announcing Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Ambulatory Recognition

Join the American Heart Association as they launch the exciting expansion of our Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ initiative into the ambulatory setting! Presenter Dana Weisshaar, M.D., FACC will share our expanded suite of resources that will empower you to organize your staff and processes as well as help your patients take an active role in their care. You will learn more about the science behind our evidence-based guidelines and explore brand new recognition opportunities as your team targets and improves outpatient care.

Webinar is on December 3, 2019 at 12:00PM CT.

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Target: BP Webinar--Improving BP Control through Policy Change

Learn about important policy updates including expanded Medicare coverage for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, new CPT codes for Self-Monitored Blood Pressure, and other advocacy priorities that will support your practice in delivering guideline-recommended care. 

Webinar is on December 12, 2019 from 11:00-12:00PM CT.

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CHroniCles: Enter to Win! 

RCHN's CHroniCles is looking for community health center stories. Upload a main narrative and profile image to your CHroniCles profile by December 31st, 2019 and be considered for a raffle. 

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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: Director of Nursing at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Idaho: Dentist at Terry Reilly Health Services

Oregon: Physician- Family Medicine at Northwest Human Services


Washington: Executive Assistant at Valley View 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: Premera Blue Cross commits more than $5-7 million to rural health care access in Alaska


Idaho: Idaho tribes come together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day at Capitol


Oregon: Multnomah County awarded $1.2 million to reduce opioid misuse


Washington: Washington state bans vapor products containing vitamin E acetate

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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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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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