Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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August 2016
Despite not having a regional council meeting in August, the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance communities have been very busy this month. Across the region, various groups are working on different strategies related to coordinating care across different sectors and addressing those social determinants outside of traditional health care that affect health in our communities.

Local Community Updates

Grays Harbor Talk features Summit Pacific's new Care Transformation Program
Summit Pacific Medical Center's new program for transforming care was recently featured on Grays Harbor Talk. As the article describes, the "initiative switches the focus from 'sick care,' or dealing with patients after the fact, to preventative medicine." With support from Molina and Amerigroup, Summit Pacific employs Care Coordinators and a Care Transformation Manager to assist high risk patients individually, in order to better coordinate preventative care. Read more >>>

The New York Times features the Cowlitz Community Network
The New York Times is putting a spotlight on the work of community networks in Washington State with a three-part series by David Bornstein. The first installment focused on the efforts of the Highlands Neighborhood Association, which brought together residents of one of the poorest parts of Cowlitz County to make improvements in their own community. Read more >>>

Lewis County discusses Social Determinants at Cambia Grove
Director of Lewis County Public Health & Social Services Danette York spoke at the first installment of a three-part series at Cambia Grove on August 10. The panel discussion was an opportunity to share and learn about the current landscape of work to address the social determinants of health in the region. Read more >>>
CPAA Regional Health Improvement Plan Updates

Youth Behavioral Health Coordination Project
The Youth Behavioral Health Coordination pilot project work group has been defining sequential steps of a work plan to guide the second year of implementation. The group has learned a lot from the first year of operation at Monticello Middle School in Cowlitz County, and is getting ready to launch in three more pilot sites this fall. All four sites are refining workflows, processes, and funding sources as they get ready to start the new school year. The Health Care Authority recently awarded the pilot project with an additional grant that will be used to support overall administration of the project. Private foundations and health care providers have also begun to show interest in supporting this work. Read More>>>

Care Coordination and Health Integration Work Group
The CPAA Care Coordination work group is working on recruiting members to participate in the process of identifying and prioritizing actionable strategies. The group is focusing on pursuing project ideas that have the potential to demonstrate health system transformation and address health equity for the vulnerable populations of the CPAA region. To find out more, or participate in the work group, contact Justin Wagaman at

Health Care Authority Updates

HCA announced the lauch of its new, user-focused website on August 1. Read more>>>

A requested follow-up consultation with representatives from the Washington State Tribes, Indian Health Service, and Urban Indian Helath Organizations is scheduled for August 29.

HCA announced Monday the certification of four patient decision aids. Read more>>>

The Accountable Communities of Health Quarterly Convening will take place September 15-16. More information to come.

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
September 8, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center

Upcoming Community Events

2016 Edge of Amazing conference
Sept. 9
Tulalip Resort Casino

12th Annual Cowlitz Tribal Health Walk
Sept. 17, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Longview, WA

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