Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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February 2016

Engaging local communities
The CPAA's local partners are using learning sessions to engage their local communities in productive conversations regarding health improvement priorities. A recent meeting of the Willapa Community Network included a CPAA presentation to inform local members about the Accountable Community of Health design and the CPAA's activities in the region. If you would like a have a CPAA presentation in your local community, contact backbone support staff for more information:

How do we know if we're making a difference?
The February 11th CPAA Council meeting will include a shared learning session to discuss how the region's health improvement efforts might be measured and supported by data and research tools. The panel discussion will feature Adam Aaseby, HCA Chief Information Officer; Susie Dade, Washington Health Alliance Deputy Director*; Nikki Olson, Providence CORE Associate Director; and Erin Hertel, Center for Community Health and Evaluation Research Associate.

*An earlier email incorrectly identified Susie Dade as the Deputy Director of HCA. Please note that Susie Dade is the Deputy Director of the Washington Health Alliance. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

Get involved!
The CPAA Council Regional Health Improvement Plan is well underway with four work groups each tackling a different priority area. The current work group members are pleased to invite interested individuals to bring their unique perspectives to the table by getting involved with a work group. To join in the conversation, email The four CPAA work groups include:

Adverse Childhood Experiences: strategies include Nurse Family Partnership program access, and coordinating with the NEAR Speakers Bureau.
Work Group Lead: Caitlin Safford, Coordinated Care

Care Coordination and Health Integration / Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: strategies include the CPAA's Youth Behavioral Health Coordination project, surveying the region's existing care coordination activities, developing and expanding jail and fine alternatives and stronger criminal justice–health care transitions, and improving access to chronic disease self-management programs.
Work Group Leads: Michael O'Neill, Cowlitz County Health and Human Services
Kat Latet, Community Health Plan of Washington

Provider Access: strategies include developing a telemedicine network, developing an ARNP residency program, and developing a regional provider recruitment plan.
Work Group Lead: Carole Halsan, Willapa Harbor Hospital

Economic and Educational Opportunities: strategies include supporting individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment and livable income.
Work Group Lead: Liz Davis, NW Venture Philanthropy

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
February 11, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center,
Elma, WA

Training: ACEs & Primary Care
presented by the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health
February 24, 2016
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Puget Sound Skills Center, Burien, WA

Health Care Authority Update


Previous Meetings

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