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Distance Education to Engage Alaskan Community Health Aides in Cancer Control

Melany Cueva, Laura Revels, Michelle Hensel, Katie Cueva, Mark Dignan


Melany Cueva, Laura Revels & Michelle Hensel will be presenting at the Spring Summit on Monday's session "Culturally Respectful Online Cancer Education for Alaska's Community Health Aides"


"I think this is a great step in the right direction for educating ourselves about cancer, how to cure it; how to manage it/live with it every day. Quyannakpuk for making these first steps!" 

-Alaska Community Health Aide/Practitioner

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Training the Next Generation


Amanda Schiessl, CHC Inc.

CHC Inc. will be presenting at this year's Spring Summit on Sunday's session, "Growing the Workforce Pipeline by Effectively Training Health Profession Students" 


Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) and its Weitzman Institute's National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) on Clinical Workforce Development, is a HRSA funded project focused on "Implementing Team-Based Care" and "Training the Next Generation". Since 2015, CHCI's NCA on Clinical Workforce Development has provided technical and training assistance that supports health centers national to engage in effective clinical workforce development activities. 


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Preventing Physician and Staff Burnout  


Kathryn Gray, Senior Marketing Manager, McKesson Medical-Surgical


Providers are consistently working under the strain and pressure of balancing the cost of care, quality of care, and patient satisfaction, which creates an increasing demand on their time. 

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Submit an Abstract!

We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration to present at the 2019 NWRPCA/CHAMPS Fall Primary Care Conference. Submissions are due Friday, June 28, 2019. 


Submit an abstract today!



Write an Article

Share about your CHC or community health-related endeavor by writing an article for the Northwest Pulse! Email Crysta, Member Services Specialist, for more information.


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Professional Development

2019 NWRPCA Spring Summit + Annual Membership Meeting

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.


Register now


Introduction to PCMH: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home

May 22-23, 2019 in Anchorage, AK


The Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA), in collaboration with NWRPCA, is pleased to bring the expertise of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to Alaska with an upcoming two-part education seminar for health professionals. This 1.5 day training covers the 2017 NCQA PCMH standards, and is designed for any health care professional, decision-maker, or consultant interested in getting the inside perspective directly from expert faculty from NCQA in evaluating a primary care practice and their ability to become recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by NCQA.


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Advanced PCMH: Mastering the Medical Home Transition

May 24, 2019 in Anchorage, AK


The Alaska Primary Care Association (APCA), in collaboration with NWRPCA, is pleased to bring the expertise of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to Alaska with an upcoming two-part education seminar for health professionals. This 1 day interactive program is geared towards individuals with significant knowledge of the NCQA PCMH Standards and experience implementing those standards in a practice setting and who have attended the Introduction to PCMH 2017 seminar; and those who intent to obtain the individual PCMH Content Expert Certification credential.


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

March-August 2019

Next Webinar: June 5, 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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CORE Competencies for First-Time CHC Managers and Supervisors

July 30-31, 2019 in Portland, OR


This two-day workshop is ideal for Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) CHC managers, supervisors, directors, and leadership. Participants learn through a highly interactive course to: develop flexible, responsive, productive, and customer-focused teams, utilize behavioral interviewing to hire staff with the right skills and fit for the long term, coach and develop employees, communicate for results, strengthen trust, and de-escalate conflict, and much more.


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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 Center 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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Opportunities & Resources from our Partners  


Managing Ambulatory Health Care II (MAHC 2): Advanced Course for Clinicians in Community Health Centers

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is offering an intensive four-day program designed for health center clinicians who have undertaken significant managerial responsibilities, yet are unable to take time away from the organization to complete a degree program in public health or health administration.  

Event Dates: June 17-20, 2019

Location: Boston, MA

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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.

Event Dates: May 30-31, 2019

Location: Tempe, AZ
Click here to learn more



A Primary Care-Focused Approach to Pain Treatment

By: Southcentral Foundation Nuka System of Care

With complaints of pain as one of the main reasons people come to primary care, health care systems are always looking for effective ways to treat both acute and chronic pain. Southcentral Foundation has come up with an approach to pain management that takes advantage of SCF's system of integrated care and uses traditional Alaska Native values to support customer-owners, with an emphasis on early recognition of the diagnosis and interdisciplinary treatment to avoid development of complex chronic pain syndromes and addiction to opioids. 

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Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference 
This three-day conference, cohosted by the California Primary Care Association and Western Clinicians Network, brings together healthcare leadership from across the region to focus on health center clinical and management team with the goal of improving overall efficiency and effectiveness in care delivery. 

Event dates: June 23-25, 2019

Location: Newport Beach, CA

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National Health Care Week (Looking for CHC Events) 
National Health Care Week is quickly approaching and the National Association of Community Health Centers is looking to match sponsors with health centers. If your CHC is hosting an event then please fill out this form to be added to the national list. 

Event dates: August 4-10, 2019

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Elevating Health Center Operations (EHCO) 
NACHC's Elevating Health Center Operations training provides an opportunity for health center CEOs, COOs, other C-Suite/senior leaders, and operations managers to delve into the critical components that factor into the quadruple aim of quality healthcare, including: enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs, and improving the work life of all health center employees. Early bird registration ends May 29.  

Event dates: June 12-13, 2019

Location: Portland, OR

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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: Administrative Manager at Dahl Memorial Clinic

Idaho: Physician at Heritage Health

Oregon: Site Medical Director at Rogue Community Health


Washington: Experienced Dentist- Residency Clinic at CHAS

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: What the healthcare overhaul at VA means for Alaska vets


Idaho: At-risk youth transform homes and themselves through a Youth Build program


Oregon: Boarded in the ER: Oregon's mental health crisis


Washington: Washingtonians to get public option on state's health-insurance exchange

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


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Community Health Plan of Washington


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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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