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Training Community Health Center staff is one of NWRPCA’s highest priorities. We are known for quality conferences and regional trainings. We know that not all of our member staff can travel to our trainings. To help facilitate training to all our members throughout the region, we’ve put together an annual compilation of a group of experienced subject matter experts based on the highest priority topics identified in the annual training needs survey.


This year, the topics include: access to care, recruitment, retention, behavioral health, and quality assurance/quality improvement. Our goal is to help meet our member’s training needs in more parts of our region. For additional help in planning your training, please consider the following new NWRPCA services:


Speaker Referral Service 
Support Services for your training
Speakers Bureau Roadshow 


Read on to learn more, and take a look at NWRPCA's Speakers Bureau FAQs for more details about this invaluable program.



Speaker Referral Service


NWRPCA helps connect CHCs looking for an expert to come to their location and present on high priority topics. NWRPCA offers referrals at no cost for Speakers Bureau experts. Learn more about past Speakers Bureau presenters.


Meet our current Speakers Bureau presenters


Allison Abayasekara

Director, Training & Technical Assistance, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved


Topic(s) of expertise

Recruitment, Retention


About Allison

Allison is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. In this capacity, she oversees ACU’s training curriculum and directs the Solutions, Training, and Assistance for Recruitment and Retention (STAR²) Center. ACU’s mission is to improve the health of America’s underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations. ACU was founded by alumni of the National Health Service Corps and ACU’s commitment to that program continues today.


Allison joined ACU in 2014 after working with community health centers for five years, first building a statewide workforce program at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers and then serving as the program manager for the Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network department at the National Association of Community Health Centers. She received her Master of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. Allison currently lives in Washington, D.C.


Katie Bell

Consultant, Professor, Community Leader


Topic of expertise

Access to Care, Operations, Team and Individual Leader Effectiveness, Leading Change Successfully


About Katie

Katie Bell is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Health Services and teaches a course in Management and Leadership for the Community Oriented Public Health Practice MPH program. She formerly served as chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health, the largest provider of primary medical and dental care in Seattle for low-income and uninsured families and individuals. Prior to joining Neighborcare in 2005, Katie spent five years as the vice president of operations at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota. Before that, she served on the administrative teams of two other health systems, Heartland Health System in Missouri and Staten Island University Hospital in New York. Katie has her MHA and MBA from University of Pittsburgh and her BA from Washington and Jefferson College. In 2012, she was elected to the board of trustees of Group Health, a nonprofit health care system serving Washington and Idaho and served on that board through the merger with Kaiser in 2017. In 2017 Katie was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Group Health Community Foundation whose purpose is to shape and accelerate efforts to improve health equity and advance community aspirations for a vibrant, healthy future in Washington. Throughout her career, Katie has understood the importance of trust within teams and aspiring to be ongoing learners as leaders. She enjoys helping organizations develop the culture that allows them to bring value to the communities they serve.


Chris Espersen

Espersen and Associates


Topic(s) of expertise

Quality Assurance/ Quality Improvement, Patient Centered Medical Home, Patient and Staff Engagement, Social Determinants of Health, Population Health Management


About Chris

Chris Espersen, MSPH is a quality consultant working with healthcare and public health organizations across the nation, providing technical assistance around new initiatives, data fidelity, patient engagement and quality improvement. Prior to her consultant work, Espersen was the quality director at an FQHC in the Midwest. Chris has provided training and TA both domestically and to groups in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She is an adjunct instructor at Drake University where she teaches Social Determinants of Health. Espersen speaks nationally on a variety of topics including value based payment, social determinants of health, patient and family engagement, and topics related to data driven quality improvement. She is co-chair of the legislatively created Patient Centered Health Advisory Council and is asked to participate on many healthcare transformation and equity committees. She is primarily interested in reducing healthcare disparities among underserved populations and in fostering patient empowerment.


Ann Hogan

Ann Hogan Consulting LLS


Topic of expertise



About Ann

Ann has over 25 years experience in the Human Resources field (19 of those with a FQHC as the VP of HR), including: employee relations, benefits and compensation management, conflict resolution, and employee development and strategic planning. Ann is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute and is professional member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the American Society of Training. Ann is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and has a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University with a focus on Organizational Performance and Change. She is also a graduate of the 2011 University of Washington Community Health Leadership Institute Certificate Program and in 2012 she completed the Geiger Gibson Fellowship Program through The George Washington University.


Mountainview Consulting

Patti Robinson, Director of Training and Program Evaluation
(other Mountainview staff available for presentations)


Topic(s) of expertise

Behavioral Health


About Patti

Dr. Patricia J. Robinson is the Director of Training and Program Evaluation at the Mountainview Consulting Group, Inc. She has partnered with multiple organizations, large and small, in support of integration of behavioral health services into primary care, including the United States Air Force Medical Operations and numerous FQHCs and public health departments. Dr. Robinson pioneered the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in primary care settings and was one of the initial investigators testing integrated behavioral health in primary care. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, many book chapters and 10 books. In addition to supporting integration efforts in many states, she has provided services in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Finland, South Korea, and Argentina.


**We appreciate the variety of Behavioral Health and Integration models proven successful for CHCs and will be considering additional presenters as part of this SB topic as applicable.



How to reserve a Speakers Bureau presenter

If you are interested in contracting any one of these speakers for a training in your local area or just want more information on our Speakers Bureau program, please contact Marleen Arenivar at marenivar@nwrpca.org or 206-783-3004 x130.


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Support Services for your training

Planning and conducting a training can be a heavy lift. Therefore, NWRPCA offers the following event coordination support services as needed for a fee:


  • Speaker Scheduling – Coordinate speaker dates, speaker contracts, and invoicing and payments after the event
  • Logistical Training Support – Help choose and contract training location(s), and assist in the logistical planning of the training, including space set-up and breakdown, catering, audiovisual, speaker set-up, and attendee communication
  • Marketing of Training – Provide a standard marketing toolkit, including a customized marketing strategy for your training
  • Registration – Create the registration portal and customized training confirmation, payment processing, and name tag creation
  • On-site (day of) Support – Conduct on-site registration, manage hotel logistics, and attendee and speaker needs, and trouble shoot as necessary

If you are interested in contracting any one of these additional NWRPCA logistical training services or just want more information, please contact Marleen Arenivar at marenivar@nwrpca.org or 206-783-3004 x130.


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Speakers Bureau Roadshow

NWRPCA is committed to scheduling and conducting at least two trainings per year in more diverse locations within the Northwest. This allows NWRPCA learning opportunities to be more accessible to participants who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend a training.



Upcoming Roadshows

Details coming soon!



Past Roadshows

Crucial Management Skills for CHC Leaders, Managers and Supervisors Training  >>

July 18-19, 2016

Yakima, WA

Instructor: Lisa Mouscher


Behavioral Health Integration Training >>

August 8-9, 2016

Boise, ID

Instructor: Dennis Freeman


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For TA and more education and training opportunities in your area, please check your State PCA's training events:


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