For Professionals

Resources for Practice Improvement

Research and Consultation

  • Weitzman institute
  • Rural PREP Resource Library
  • National LGBT center

Staffing and training

  • Credentialing for providers
  • Nurses
  • Recruitment 3RNet
  • J-1 Visa Program
  • Continuing Education, AHEC webinars
  • AHEC training page
  • Loan Repayment programs (link to separate page)

Behavioral Health

  • Screening tools
  • Suicide prevention
  • Rural Opioid resources

Resources for Practice Improvement

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

The NWCPHP has launched a collaborative project to improve public health policy: Laboratory for decision making. With support from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, NWCPHP embarks on a five-year project to assist rural public health leaders in better using data to promote health equity. With rural areas hard hit by the opioid epidemic training materials and other resources are a great resource provided by NWCPHP.

Washington Physicians Health Program

The Washington Physicians Health Program is an independent, nonprofit organization that was established in 1986. It is a physician-led program with an experienced staff dedicated to helping healthcare professionals while promoting patient safety.
WPHP assists healthcare professionals with medical conditions that may affect their ability to practice medicine safely. These conditions include substance use and behavioral health disorders, as well as physical and cognitive disorders. WPHP is a confidential resource to the maximum extent provided by law. Click here to visit WPHP.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Click here to link to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School, a not-for-profit global learning community offering online courses, project-based learning, and learning community. Some courses are paid for through subscription, but the IHI Open School also contains free videos and case studies with discussion questions, a list of other resources on patient safety, quality improvement, leadership, and system design, and tips/resources related to publishing work.

Guidance for Practices Considering Telepsychiatry

“Key Considerations for Implementing Telepsychiatry Services”– a new tool from the Practice Transformation Support Hub – can help practices considering telepsychiatry make an informed decision about what is right for their practice, and their unique implementation needs. The six-page guide, available on the Hub Resource Portal, can be downloaded here .

Research and Consultation

The Weitzman Institute

The Weitzman Institute is the first community-based research center established by a Federally Qualified Health Center. It is dedicated to quality improvement and research in primary care for the underserved. They test promising innovations in primary care delivery and establish research priorities for Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI). Visit their website here to learn more about the resources they offer, including practice transformation support, Project ECHO for Chronic Pain and MAT, eConsult, QI education, and workforce development. Though offices are located in Colorado and Connecticut, Weitzman Institute programs have a presence in 37 states (including Washington), bringing services to health centers and practices across the country.

The National LGBT Health Education Center

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers.(source:


HEAL WA is the on-call library for Washington state practitioners, and is a free resource for any healthcare provider licensed in Washington state.

Staffing and Training


Learn more about 3RNet (National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network), recruitment services for providers who want to serve in rural and underserved areas in Washington, including loan repayment programs.

Learn more specifically about the J-1 Visa Waiver Program, administered through the Washington State Department of Health.

Loan Repayment

The Health Professional Loan Repayment Program was established by the Legislature to address health professional shortages in rural or underserved urban communities. The program helps the state attract and retain licensed health professionals to serve in our state by providing financial support to applicants who are awarded and commit to serving at an eligible site in our state. In return for the funds, recipients sign a contract committing them to either a two-year (Federal/State funded- FSLRP) or a three-year (state funded – HPLRP) full-time equivalency service obligation. Under HPLRP, part time work options are also available. Award amounts vary based on the contract type (see Reference Guides for full details).

If you are a provider wishing to apply for the Loan Repayment Program, the Washington Student Achievement Council website has additional details.

Credentialing for Health Care Providers

Learn about the credentialing requirements for various healthcare professionals, from Washington State Department of Health.

Credentialing for Nurses

The Washington State Department of Health website provides specifics for Nurse Licensing and Continuing Education Competency Audits. Suicide Prevention continuing education training has been required since July 2017.

Continuing Education

Check the Continuing Education and CME page for upcoming and recorded webinars offering free CME and Continuing Education credits for healthcare professionals.

Recent Webinars:

Measurement-based Treatment to Target Depression CareDr. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, presents steps for use of the PHQ-9 for improved diagnostic accuracy of depression in the primary care setting. (Aug 2018)

Collaborative Care Nursing” Dr. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD, presents research and steps for improved patient follow-through collaborative care model. (Aug 2017)

See the AHECWW Training page for upcoming webinars and continuing education opportunities.

Behavioral Health Resources

Access screening tools for anxiety disorders and depression, from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. These screenings are meant to be used by patients as a screening tool that can be shared with a provider.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, contains a wealth of information on treating substance use disorders and mental health disordersClick on “publications” to access many free resources geared towards providers.

Rural Opioid Educational Resources

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has developed a compendium of all Rural Opioid Educational Resources available across their website to aid individuals looking for education, tools, and other resources. This includes reports, webinar presentations, meeting presentations, and a compendium of resources and lessons learned from grantees of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (ROOR) grant program. As new resources become available, more information will be added. Click here to visit the NOSORH page.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255