Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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January 2017
The CPAA Council Celebrates 2016 Successes
At the December 8th Regional Council meeting, CPAA members looked back at a successful year full of accomplishments, and celebrated the superheroes that work to improve health in our communities (see pictured below: Superheroes Katie Strozyk, Danette York, and Matthew Shellhart).

In 2016, the CPAA held many shared learning sessions in order to explore opportunities, understand where there are gaps, and level the understanding of different topics among the multiple sectors involved in the Council. 

2016 also held a lot of important succeses for the CPAA, including (but certainly not limited to):
  • Implementing a regional Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program
  • Implementing the Youth Behavioral Health Coordination project at four pilot school sites throughout the region, including all four sites receiving funding to hire care coordination staff
  • Beginning to develop an LLC in order to meet the Health Care Authority's requirements for global Medicaid waiver funding
  • Engaging with tribes and visiting the Skokomish Tribal Health Center
  • Approving processes for letters of support and fund development opportunities
Looking Ahead to 2017
The work of improving community health in the region continues in the coming year. Join us the January 12 CPAA Council meeting to discuss the work ahead:
  • CPAA Governance Structure: the Council will walk through the draft LLC Operating Agreement.
  • Healthier Washington Project Toolkit: the Council will discuss how the toolkit aligns with the CPAA Regional Health Improvement Plan
  • Shared Learning: Why the Opioid Crisis Matters
We'll be kicking off the new year with a running start! Be a part of the conversation by attending January 12, 2017, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma.

Health Care Authority Updates

Medicaid Transformation
On January 3, the Health Care Authority (HCA) released a draft Project Toolkit for Initiative 1 of the Medicaid Transformation Project Demonstration (global waiver). This draft Project Toolkit is open for public comment through February 2, 2017. The state has also released a draft Medicaid Transformation Project Demonstration Certification and Application Process for the Accountable Communities of Health. This document shows a preliminary timeline for how the state will provide initial Project Design funding. More updates can be found on the Medicaid transformation web page.

Practice Transformation Support Hub
The Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub will launch its free webinars on January 10 with a presentation on Bi-Directional Health Integration. The Practice Transformation Support Hub is designed to support health systems transformation by providing resources, tools, training, and coaching services to help accelerate change of the health delivery system. Read more>>>

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
January 12, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center

Upcoming Events


What We're Reading

Healthier Washington
Project Toolkit

Videos We're Watching

Voices of Healthier Washington:
Spotlight on the CPAA Youth Behavioral Health Project:

Care Coordinator
Julie Nye

Previous Meetings

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