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Washington Organizations

Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD)
Trade association that represents Washington State's public hospital districts, and whose activities focus on two areas: education and advocacy.
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Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center
Focuses on health professions education and training as well as recruitment and retention, especially for rural and underserved communities for Washington state.
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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)
Works to assist Northwest tribes to improve the health status and quality of life of member tribes and Indian people in their delivery of culturally appropriate and holistic health care. A Native American Research Center on Health site.
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Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA)
Member organization that strengthens community and migrant health centers in the Northwest by leveraging regional power and resources on their behalf.
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Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC)
One of the telehealth resource centers funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth. Assists health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations. Includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
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Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH)
A NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Center located at the University of Washington that conducts research and promotes best health and safety practices for Northwest producers and workers in farming, fishing and forestry.
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Qualis Health Regional Extension Center
Assists healthcare providers in becoming meaningful users of electronic health records by providing information and technical assistance.
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Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
Helps rural communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming improve community infrastructure with initiatives that include housing, water and wastewater programs. Offers numerous services including loans for housing and environment.
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Rural Health Clinic Association of Washington (RHCAW)
Works to improve the quality of healthcare and maintain access to healthcare in Washington State rural communities by promoting collaboration and education.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Washington (HUD)
Works to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing. The HUD state office provides information about HUD housing programs and local contacts for the state.
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USDA Rural Development Washington State Office
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. The Rural Development State Office provides information about Rural Development programs and applications for financial assistance.
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Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP)
Works to influence the development of health care policy by encouraging members to become involved and take leadership positions; advocating for enactment of legislation and regulations that will enable Washingtonians access to health care. Comprised of physicians, residents, and medical students.
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Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC)
Advocates on behalf of the low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations of Washington State served by community health centers.
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Washington Health Care Association (WHCA)
Represents assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Washington State. Promotes quality long-term health care and services while serving as an advocate for providers, staff and the patients and residents they care for.
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Washington Rural Health Association (WRHA)
Advocates for enhanced access, quality and stability for rural health services throughout Washington.
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Washington Rural Health Collaborative (WRHC)
A rural network consisting of 13 Critical Access Hospitals, all separately governed and predominantly serving the rural areas of Washington State. Priority projects include teleradiology, telepharmacy, and diabetic patient education. Also, develops rural nurse competencies, staff education, healthcare compliance, and healthcare quality projects.
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Washington State Community Action Partnership
A partnership of all Community Action Agencies in the state of Washington serving all 39 Washington counties providing assistance to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities. Empowers low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas, and migrant or seasonal farm workers to become as self-sufficient.
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Washington State Department of Health
Works with federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer. Home to the federally funded State Office of Rural Health.
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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Statewide, integrated department of high-performing programs working in partnership to help transform lives. Includes the Developmental Disability Administration, the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and others.
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Washington State Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities
Promotes a state action plan for eliminating health disparities by race/ethnicity and gender in Washington State.
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Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA)
Oversees eight health care programs in Washington state including basic health, technology, Medicaid, prescription drugs, public employees benefits, uniform medical plans, health programs, and wellness programs.
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Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)
A membership organization representing community hospitals and several health-related organizations. The association provides issues management and analysis, information, advocacy and other services.
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Washington State Office of Community and Rural Health
Helps rural and underserved communities have access to health services. Administers grant programs, finds doctors, and connects health care professionals with clinics and hospitals.
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Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA)
Works to improve and promote the overall health of the residents of Washington by providing opportunities for collaboration, education, professional development, and advocacy.
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Western Rural Development Center (WRDC)
Participates in rural development research and extension (outreach) projects cooperatively with universities in the West. Includes a rural health initiative. Serves a 13 state area (WA, UT, WY, NV, ID, HI, CA, AZ, AK, OR, NM, MT, and CO) and 4 U.S. Pacific Territories.
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Western Washington Area Health Education Center (WWAHEC)
Works to assure equity of and access to health care for underserved rural and urban populations in western Washington through education and workforce development.
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WWAMI Area Health Education Center Network (WWAMI AHEC)
WWAMI AHEC Program consists of the program office, and six independent AHEC Centers in the five WWAMI states: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho. Works to alleviate shortages of health care personnel in medically underserved rural and urban areas.
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WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WWAMI RHRC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on training and supply of rural healthcare providers, availability and quality of care for rural women and children, and access to high-quality care for vulnerable and minority rural populations. Based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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Last Reviewed: 12/30/2016