Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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September 2016
CPAA Regional Council Discusses Sustainability Strategies

At the September 8th Regional Council meeting, CPAA members participated in a shared learning session using the Geogia Health Policy Center toolkit with suggested mechanisms for financing population health. Members considered what tactics might be promosing for ACHs, and discussed what further questions needed to be asked in order to start developing sustainability strategies for the CPAA's regional efforts. Read more>>>
CPAA Regional Health Improvement Plan Updates

Youth Behavioral Health Coordination Project
Wahkiakum County pilot site—John C. Thomas Middle School and Wahkiakum High School—has already been able to provide behavioral health screening and care coordination services for over 20 children. The other three pilot sites in Cowlitz, Mason, and Thurston counties are also up and running with funding support from the Behavioral Health Organizations. Read more>>>

Care Coordination and Health Integration Work Group
The CPAA Care Coordination work group has had its first planning meeting to gather information of possible action strategies to start working on. Two more planning meetings will take place on Wednesday, October 19, and Tuesday, November 4. To find out more, or participate in the work group, contact Justin Wagaman at

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Work Group
The ACEs work group will be using the same three-meeting planning strategy as the Care Coordination group. Stay tuned for meeting dates coming up in the next three months. To find out more, or participate in the work group, contact Justin Wagaman at
Local Community Updates

PacMtn offers Youth and Young Adult Employment Preparation and Training grant to CPAA region rural communities
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development (PacMtn) is requesting applications for a High Impact Community Grant Program to support youth and young adult employment preparation and training in highly rural and remote areas. Any entity that can provide employment preparation experience and/or training is eligible to apply. Programming should serve students and young adults who live in and/or attend school or would have attended school in these areas:
Grays Harbor: Lake Quinault, North Beach, Oakville, Ocosta, Taholah, and Wishkah
Lewis: Adna, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Onalaska, Pe Ell, Toledo, White Pass, and Winlock
Mason: Mary M. Knight
Pacific: Raymond, South Bend, and Willapa Valley
Thurston: Rainier

Find out more >>>

Cowlitz County's Child & Adolescent Clinic provides training for the region
Dr. Phyllis Cavens, Medical Director of Longview's Child & Adolescent Clinic, is offering peer-to-peer training services for integration of pediatric behavioral health in the CPAA region. These services are part of larger statewide efforts to transform clinical practice and integrate physical and behavioral health care. Read more >>>

Health Care Authority Updates

The Washington State Health Care Authority released a new video starring Chief Policy Officer Nathan Johnson on Sept. 28: Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Waiver 101.

The Healthier Washington team recently launched the Own Your Health website, and released a new fact sheet about the Accountable Communities of Health. Read more in the Healthier Washington September Newsletter>>>

Other State Updates

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), working in partnership with the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), has been awarded $1 million per year, up to five years, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help prevent opioid overdoses and deaths. Read more>>>

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
Shared Learning Topic: Education Panel

October 13, 2016
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Events

Videos We're Watching

Medicaid Transformation Demonstration Waiver 101

From the State of Reform 2016 Inland Northwest Health Policy Conference:

Jay Inslee's Keynote and Q&A

Bill Bryant's Address and Q&A

From the Foundation for Healthy Generations' Science of Hope Conference:

Hope as a Theory of Change, Chan Hellman

Science of Hope Highlights

Previous Meetings

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