Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter
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November 2015

CPAA Council begins detailing Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP)

In November, the regional Council was able to elevate three RHIP priority areas to begin focusing strategic planning: Prevention and Mitigation of ACEs, Provider Access and Capacity, and Health Integration and Care Coordination. The Council began to form work groups to further detail and develop the top strategies, and ultimately begin planning implementation. The RHIP work will be a main element in the year end ACH report that the CPAA will submit to HCA in December.

To further prepare for action, the Council approved a Finance Comittee charter in October. At the November Council meeting, four people were nominated and agreed to serve on the committee, including three Council members and one non-member.

DOH Marijuana Prevention Grant

On November 20th, the CPAA submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for the Washington State Department of Health Marijuana Prevention and Education Program on behalf of its regional partners. This grant would support existing local efforts in the prevention of marijuana use among teens in all seven counties.

Featured Local Forums

Cowlitz County: The Office of Healthy Communities within the Cowlitz County Health and Human Services department has been developed to aid in the facilitation of advisory councils that have formed in order to support county health initiatives. Hiring for this office is focused on community mobilization and communications.

Grays Harbor County: Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services and KBTC Public Television hosted a screening of The Raising of America at Grays Harbor College for local health officials, college students, and the public. The film, and subsequent conversation with attendees, focused on childhood developmental disparities in the U.S. and ways to alter the course for future generations.

Pacific County: The Willapa Community Network (WCN) has been working on communications and outreach by launching a website and Facebook page. These avenues help keep the community informed about what the Network is doing, including its work with Americorps and its community mini-grants. Read more about WCN's activities here >>

Thurston County: The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce hosted Thurston Thrives Community Coordinator and CPAA Council member, Liz Davis, to present to a large group of chamber members, healthcare officials, and the public on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The presentation focused on the effects of ACEs on human development including health, social, and behavioral disparities later in life.

Upcoming Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
December 10, 2015
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center

Health Care Authority Update

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