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Community HEalth Centers (CHC)

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Portland, Oregon

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) is a trade association supporting community health centers (CHCs) in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, Federal Region X. NWRPCA’s mission is to support and strengthen community health centers that provide high quality, cost-effective, comprehensive health care services —without regard to financial or other status — to everyone in their communities. As a non-profit organization, NWRPCA affirms the consumer-driven governance model of health centers, seeks social justice, especially as it pertains to the right to wellness and health, and celebrates diversity.

NWRPCA serves its member health centers by helping to recruit and develop the workforce, train and educate the health center staff, and nurture key relationships that ensure the future success of health centers. Education and training are fundamental to what NWRPCA offers its member CHCs. Through major regional conferences, face-to-face trainings, and distance learning, the association guides its members toward the development of a “professional home” where staff members grow and develop and find ongoing job satisfaction. Through strategic partnerships, NWRPCA is able to offer diverse educational and training choices, some offering undergraduate or graduate credit. Workshops and courses are tailored to the needs of developing managers, medical directors, coding and billing specialists, fiscal officers, and a wide range of other key CHC personnel.

In their second year, medical students have the opportunity to network with health center staff and volunteer with NWRPCA member health centers while at the Portland, Oregon classroom. This experience will enable them to further develop their mission for serving the underserved and to gain an understanding of what it would be like to work for a health center. Students will spend their 3rd and 4th years working in member health centers throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.