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Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging Healthcare Services and Community Prevention

Rea Pañares, Senior Advisor, Prevention Institute 


Prevention Institute will be presenting at the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health in Portland on February 21st.


Most healthcare organizations know that even the best treatment doesn’t stand a chance if the environments that patients return to after their doctor’s visit fundamentally undermine health. It can be frustrating and demoralizing when physicians’ work, and ultimately their patients’ well being, is constantly undone by poor community conditions.

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Eating our Way to Wellness


Sarah Sullivan, Executive Director, Gorge Grown


Let’s say you just spent the last of your month’s budget on rent and are unsure how you will feed you children. While visiting the clinic, you share this concern and your doctor writes you a “Veggie Prescription”. Your doctor says that you and your family deserve fresh food, and that it is a cornerstone of your health. You are able to purchase whole fruits and vegetables and something shifts for you and your healthcare provider.

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Hiring Right at Your Health Center with Behavioral Interviewing 


Lisa Mouscher, CEO and Lead Consultant at Sogence Training and Consulting


Lisa Mouscher is the facilitator of the upcoming course "Next Level Skills for CHC Managers and Supervisors" in Seattle, WA March 19-20th 


Have you ever been really excited about a hire you just completed, only to find out all too soon that your new employee doesn’t actually have the skills or organizational fit that you believed they had? This scenario happens all too often, leading to unhappy employees, a range of performance issues, and unending turnover.

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Measuring Employee Satisfaction with Healthcare Benefits  


Danielle Ledford, VP of Sales, Nonstop Wellness 


How important is it that your employees are satisfied with their benefits? Probably more important than you think – especially when it comes to healthcare benefits. A recent survey conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) indicates that 56% of U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health benefits say that whether or not they like their health coverage is a key factor in deciding to stay at their current job. Another 46% say health insurance was either the deciding factor or a positive influence in choosing their current job. If your organization is concerned about its ability to attract and retain high-value employees, you should be paying attention. 

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Suite 330 News




Nominations Open for Annual Awards

Legacy Award- Honors an individual who has dedicated his/her career to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who has contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Northwest region.

Nominate someone for the 2019 Legacy Award




Summit Award- The 2019 Summit Award will be given to an outstanding leader in addressing chronic illness: diabetes and hypertension.

Nominate someone for the 2019 Summit Award




Learn more about our annual awards and see past winners


ATSU Newsletter

Take a look at NWRPCA's A.T. Still University Campus newsletter that features medical student rotation stories, CHC residency programs, and much more!

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Professional Development

2019 Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health

February 20-22, 2019, in Portland, OR


The Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health is an annual conference bringing together health professionals from migrant and community health centers and allied organizations for the purpose of education and training, information and resource sharing, coalition building and program policy development.


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2019 Webinar Series: Substance Use Disorders: Prevention, Promising Practices, and Ethical Considerations

March-August 2019


This webinar series consists of 5, hour-long online sessions. Content will focus on foundation concepts related to Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), including addiction basics, prevention, talking with patients about addiction, provider self-awareness and bias, harm-reduction. Webinars will be led by a variety of subject matter experts. The series is ideal for doctors, prescribers, nurses, behavioral health staff/management, and anyone interested in learning foundational information, practical/applicable skills, and sharing best practices for SUD prevention and treatment. Develop professional skills and become better equipped to support patients experiencing addiction, and/or staff working with patients experiencing SUD or opioid use disorders.


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Next Level Skills for Community Health Center Managers and Supervisors 

March 19-20, 2019 in Seattle, WA


This dynamic 2-day training--focused specifically to meet the needs of experienced health center managers and supervisors--provides a deeper dive into the best practices, knowledge, and skills needed to be a great manager. Beginning with a review of crucial skills needed to hire, coach, retain, and manage others, this training then moves to higher-level learning, including managing conflict with employees, patients, and peers; understanding basic financial concepts; utilizing strategies for circumventing or avoiding burnout in yourself and others; staying legally compliant while managing employees; and strengthening key decision making practices to improve teams, departments and your entire health center. Join us for this intensive learning opportunity to take your management skills to the next level! 

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2019 NWRPCA Spring Summit

May 19-21, 2019 in Anchorage, AK


The annual NWRPCA Spring Summit (formerly known as the Spring Primary Care Conference) is one of our cornerstone offerings. Attend this year's conference in Anchorage, Alaska from May 19-21, 2019!


Over 2.5 days, learn from prominent speakers, hear federal policy updates, and network with primary care colleagues. Event highlights new to the Spring Primary Care Conference format include Region X peer learning, collaboration, and professional development.


The NWRPCA Spring Summit also hosts NWRPCA's annual membership meeting.


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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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Opportunities & Resources from our Partners

NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program 

To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HRSA launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP). The most effective treatment for opioid addiction is a comprehensive approach that incorporates medication and behavioral health counseling.The program supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.

The application cycle closes on February 21, 2019.

Click here to learn more



Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) funding opportunity.  The purpose of this new program is to prepare and increase the number of new nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care practice in community-based settings through clinical and academic focused 12-month nurse practitioner residency (NPR) programs. Preference will be considered for projects that benefit rural or underserved populations.

The application cycle closes on March 4, 2019. 

Click here to learn more



STD and HIV Prevention Training and Resources for Clinical Providers:


Increasing access to Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is Washington state’s primary strategy to reach our goal to reduce the number of new HIV diagnoses across the state. Washington DOH encourages clinical providers and their teams to attend The University of Washington’s STD Prevention Training Center’s update on the management of STDs and prevention and clinical to learn more about PrEP, clinical and lab diagnostics, testing procedures, and current recommended treatments, follow up, and prevention strategies practicum. 

Click here to learn more


STD Clinical Practicum is designed for clinicians practicing in Washington who have completed the Clinical STD Update course and who have at least six months STD exam experience. It includes basic examination skills, skill development in sexual history taking, review of clinical case studies, and hands-on experience in the STD clinic and laboratory under the direct supervision of a skilled preceptor. 

Multiple dates in 2019.

Click here to learn more


Save More Lives Provider Campaign The Washington State Department of Health’s End AIDS Washington team is launching a statewide HIV prevention campaign for clinical providers. The Save More Lives campaign was created to empower providers to learn about PrEP, which is a course of HIV drugs that is taken by HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of acquiring the HIV infection.  To learn more about PrEP and how it can be beneficial to your patients at risk for HIV, please go to  


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: Executive Director at Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Inc.

Idaho: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant at Heritage Health

Oregon: Clinical Supervisor at Central City Concern


Washington:  Human Resources Director at North Olympic Healthcare Network

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: State will turn over administration of troubled Alaska Psychiatric Institute to a for-profit company


Idaho: Governor Little speaks on Medicaid expansion


Oregon: Measles case confirmed in Multnomah County


Washington: Amid measles outbreak, legislation proposed to ban vaccine exemptions

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Quest Diagnostics






Community Health Plan of Washington


HomeStreet Bank

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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 2018


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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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