Imagine the Future: Healthcare Series
- Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute
On November 18, 2013, CNW at Heritage University, in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest University hosted a forum entitled “Building a Healthier Yakima: Creating an Interprofessional Medical Education, Research and Practice Institute,” featuring Dr. Mark Taylor. Dr. Taylor, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Chair of Cellular Science department at PNWU, is instrumental in spearheading the establishment of this collaborative approach to healthcare education for central and eastern Washington. The forum brought together expert thinkers, scholars and practitioners to the Yakima Valley to consult with community leaders in true dialogue.
The following panelists contributed valuable thoughts to the discussion:
Dr. Robert Sutton, Senior Advisor and Associate Dean of Medical Education at Pacific Northwest University
Dr. David Darda, Associate Dean of College of the Sciences at Central Washington University
Dr. Barbara Richardson, Director of Interprofessional Education at Washington State University
Dr. Dan Ferguson, Director of the Allied Health Center at Yakima Valley Community College
Dr. Christina Nyirati, Director of Nursing Program, Heritage University
Dr. Judd Case, Dean of the College of Science, Health and Engineering at Eastern Washington University
- Envisioning a Healthier Yakima: Creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) to address local health concerns
On December 6, 2013, CNW facilitated a discussion about the possibility of creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) in central Washington. The forum was facilitated by Dr. Joy Howard, Interim Assistant Director.
The “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” forum combined local, regional and state-level representatives who are interested in or are currently implementing Washington RHIC initiatives. A RHIC calls all members of the health care sector—providers, purchasers, payers, and consumers--to work collaboratively with business, criminal justice, education, faith-based, government, philanthropy, social service, tribal, and other sectors to efficiently and effectively improve health care for its targeted community.
Our goal was for panel participants to engage in dialogue with attendees to inform the ongoing conversation, and contribute to an action plan for creating a RHIC that includes the Yakima valley. CNW is pleased to announce that we achieved this goal.
CNW would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our panelists for their valuable contributions to the discussion:
Nathan Johnson, Division Director, Health Care Policy, WA State Health Care Authority
Jonathan Seib, Senior Vice President, Healthcare, Strategies 360
Carol Moser, Executive Director, Health Alliance, Benton-Franklin
Deanna Davis, Executive Director, Better Health Together, Spokane
Sheryl DePietro, Yakima Public Health District
Deborah Guack, Strategic Development Consultant
Jackie McPhee, Executive Director, Children’s Village
Rich Spiegel, Signal Health
Click here to the view the “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” public report.
- Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) meets at Heritage University
The Center for a New Washington (CNW) at Heritage University hosted a community forum presented by the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) on October 15, 2013.
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- Heritage University’s First Alumnae Gathering
On September 4, 2013, Heritage University and the Center for a New Washington held HU’s first alumni gathering. The event brought together both current staff/faculty who are HU alumni, as well as off campus alumni who are making a difference in our community every day. The event was moderated by Kay Bassett, Director of the Center for a New Washington. Presentations were made by: Theresa Vitello, Director of the Early Learning Center, Crystal Bass, Director of Alumni Affairs and Yuridia Valencia, a student/parent at Heritage University.
- Early Learning Focus Group
The Center for a New Washington and Dr. Michael Pavel are pleased to host a lunch and a focused listening session to discuss strategies for keeping Native teachers in the classroom. We explored what is necessary to establish a preferred certification process for tribal early childhood educators. The Foundation for Early Learning and the First Peoples, First Steps Alliance have established a team to examine these important issues for Washington State. The team is guided by ChiXapkaid (Dr Michael Pavel), A Skokomish tribal member and faculty member at the University of Oregon. The team will be hosting a series of listening sessions across the state, to begin here on the Yakama reservation.
In keeping with CNW’s mission to provide a space where community interests can explore innovative and practical solutions, the Center hosted a community panel that discussed immigration reform from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Panelists included: local grower Jim Doornick, Mayor Clara Jimenez, Representative Bruce Chandler, Tadeo Saenz-Thompson, CEO of Inspire (formerly the migrant council), and Pastor David Bell. The discussion was led by Bishop Joseph Tyson, and moderated by HU president Dr. John Bassett. Above please find a link to an article published by the Yakima Herald Republic.
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