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Cascade Pacific Action Alliance Monthly Newsletter

September 2015
Moving from ideas to action
On Wednesday, September 23, the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance (CPAA), with support from CHOICE and Uncommon Solutions, brought together the Foundation for Healthy Generations, Providence CORE, and the Healthier Washington team for a Community Health Improvement Workshop day.

The workshops included discussions and demonstrations about how data and community health workers can help transform the health of our region, which spurred ideas for moving the CPAA council's Regional Health Improvement Plan into actionable projects.

The day ended with stakeholders providing valuable input for the state's Practice Transformation Support Hub, which is still in development. Contact CHOICE staff if you'd like more information about the presentations given at these workshops.
CPAA members and regional stakeholders discuss data-driven strategies for community health improvement on Sept. 23.
Featured Local Forums:
Lewis County: 
- In addition to working on governance and structure for their local forum, Lewis county has been focusing on community engagement through strategic communications.

- Recently, council members and CHOICE staff worked together to give a CPAA presentation to key community partners at Morton General Hospital.

- Lewis County's efforts are a great example of the kind of community engagement that will be an essential component of the CPAA's emerging communications plan.

Wahkiakum County: 
Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services is exploring ways to support regulation and public education about local water use in order to keep residents safe and healthy when developing private wells and water systems. 

- The county is also beginning to discuss the possibility of a health services hub in Cathlamet that would serve the community's marginalized individuals by providing housing, health, and counseling services all in one location.
State Update
The federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently accepted the global Medicaid Transformation Waiver application from the Washington Health Care Authority. The application is now open for public comment through October 9, 2015. The negotiation process with the federal review team will continue for several months. Find out more about Medicaid transformation efforts and how to comment on the application at the Healthier Washington website.
Upcoming 
Meetings

CPAA Council Meeting
October 8, 2015
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Summit Pacific Medical Center
Health Care Authority Update
 
CHOICE works to improve community health in Central Western Washington through the collective planning and action of health care leaders. CHOICE is the backbone organization for the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.
Contact us:

Katherine Lechner

Program Specialist
lechnerk@crhn.org
360-539-7576 x120
 
Jennifer Brackeen
Program Manager
brackeenj@crhn.org
360-539-7576 x105

Winfried Danke
Executive Director
dankew@crhn.org
360-539-7576 x116
 
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