NEW! National Health Service Corps funding for SUD treatment

NHSC received $105 million to expand and improve access to quality opioid and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural and underserved areas nationwide. New categories of outpatient services and sites will be eligible for NHSC. Click here for more information from HRSA.

National Health Service Corps Site Application

Learn more about becoming a National Health Service Corps site, and click here to link to application. Applications are currently being accepted through August 14, 2018. Note: The following may be eligible Auto-Approved NHSC sites: 1) FQHCs; 2) FQHC Look-Alikes; 3) ITUs; 4) federal prisons; and 5) ICE Health Service Corps sites. Eligible auto-approved NHSC sites may submit an application to the NHSC at any
point in the year and are not required to submit an application during the NHSC site application cycles, nor are they required to submit a recertification application every three years.(source: 2018 NHSC Site Reference Guide)

Loan Repayment Programs

Click here for the Washington Student Achievement Council page, which contains guidance for providers and sites on the Federal-State Loan Repayment Program and the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program.

HPSA Find Link

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by HRSA as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g., low income or Medicaid eligible) or facilities (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons). Click here to link to the HPSA search, to aid with your loan repayment research.

Recruitment and Retention Tips

Click here for a resource list to help organizations better recruit and retain health professionals.
Click here for a guide to best practices for attracting and retaining needed workforce.

3RNet (Recruitment & Retention)

3RNet is a nonprofit organization that connects health professionals searching for jobs in rural or underserved areas with health care facilities. Visit their website here for tips on recruitment and retention, to post jobs, or for a guide to workforce programs.

Employing People with Disabilities

Click here for information on employing individuals with disabilities. This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures contains federal and state policy information. Click here to link to Washington State Department and Industries’ Stay at Work program, which pays employers to help injured workers stay on the job, and explains how medical providers can help support this effort.

Sentinel Network

The Sentinel Network is an information network linking the healthcare industry with partners in education and training, policymakers and workforce planners to collectively identify and respond to new and changing demand for healthcare workers, skills and roles. Part of the Healthier Washington initiative, the Sentinel Network is a collaboration of state’s Workforce Board and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies, with funding from Washington’s Health Care Authority.

Practice Transformation Support Hub

Managed by the Washington State Department of Health, the Practice Transformation Support Hub (Hub) is accelerating the dissemination and implementation of practice changes toward value-based care, providing support and assistance to help healthcare providers adopt and adapt.

Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center

The AIMS Center at the University of Washington is a group of faculty, staff and consultants dedicated to improving the health of populations by advancing the research and implementation of Collaborative Care, a specific model of integrated care developed at the University of Washington to treat common and persistent mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Qualis Health

Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population healthcare consulting organizations, partnering with our clients to improve care for millions of Americans every day. Qualis works with public and private sector clients to advance the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare.
Qualis Health is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with regional offices located in Alabama, Alaska, California, Idaho, the District of Columbia and New Mexico.

Bureau of Health Workforce

Link to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce page, where you can read more about scholarship and loan opportunities, health professions training grants to support institutions, strategic partnerships, shortage designation, health workforce analysis, and access the national practitioner data bank.

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

NRTRC provides technical assistance, program support, education and information to Telehealth Networks in our seven-state region. Increasing the use of Telehealth service throughout the region, especially to underserved populations, by providing no-cost assistance to Telehealth providers.

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.

Resources for Hiring Veterans

Click here for the Career Resources for Military Veterans page on the Allied Health Center of Excellence website. This page contains many links to helpful veterans resources.

The Society for Human Resource Management

SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society. This website contains helpful resources and articles on HR related topics. Some available for free, some require membership. Click here for the SHRM website.

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.

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.