For Students

Education Programs

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid classes are available in communities in western Washington.

Behavioral Health Workforce Summit

Washington State is committed to training and expanding a behavioral health workforce to meet the health needs of Washington residents. Plan to attend an inspiring and innovative Behavioral Health Summit in Spokane on April 3rd, 2019, or in Seattle on April 5, 2019. Employers/practitioners, educators, and policymakers will learn from one another, exchange ideas, and develop a plan of action for the coming year. For more information, contact the University of Washington Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) at ebpi2536@uw.edu.

Behavioral Health Integration Summit Northwest

On May 16, 2019, the Healthcare Integration Summit Northwest gathers at Whatcom Community College with healthcare leaders and practitioners, policy makers, and workforce professionals to share insights and innovation in bi-directional healthcare integration for the purpose of identifying implications to workforce planning and training. Find out more and register for the Healthcare Integration Summit Northwest.

HPV Vaccine: Cancer Prevention Education

The National AHEC Organization received funding to educate health professionals on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV project offers three educational fliers for clinics, staff, and educators to use and distribute:

Find out more about online seminars on HPV [here].

Workforce Development Council Resources

The Workforce Development Council has several helpful “Map Your Career” paths including a Career Path in Healthcare with a visual map.

Career Bridge

Career Bridge is brought to you by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Career Bridge is a website where you can explore careers, view job trends, and find education programs.

Upcoming Webinars

Please see AHECWW calendar for upcoming Webinars

Wellness Courses from WPHP

The Washington Physicians Health Program has courses aimed at improving physicians’ health so that they can better serve others. Examples of their training courses include Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Mind Body Medicine. Visit the WPHP website for more information.

College Students interested in Health Careers

College students interested in healthcare careers are invited to apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program. AHECWW is developing the state’s first Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program with a pilot project in Whatcom County starting autumn, 2018. In HPAC, college students interested in health careers are invited to mentor high school students as College Access Coaches. To become involved with HPAC, contact AHECWW at (360) 383-3170.

AHEC Scholars

The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program is a nationwide HRSA/AHEC branded certificate program to prepare and promote a diverse, skilled primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities. The program emphasizes a team-based approach to addressing health disparities. Coursework can be completed at no cost and complements existing coursework for students of health professions. Courses have been written by University of Washington Educators. For more information and to apply visit the AHEC Scholars program website.

Community/Technical College Programs

Search college programs through the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges at the sbctc.edu website. This tool allows you to search for programs by areas of interest, locations, and colleges. This is the most comprehensive resource for accessing information on Washington’s community and technical college programs, including health care pre-majors in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and nursing; health care technician; health sciences and allied health; health unit and records; public health; environmental health; registered nursing; licensed practical nursing; nursing assistant; chemical dependency/addiction; mental health services; and more.

Medical Schools

Medical schools in the western Washington region include:

Stackable Certificates Programs

Stackable certificate programs are comprised of a series of certificates that can be “stacked” together for a degree. This type of program is especially useful for healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while studying. Programs that offer stackable certificates include:

Career and Academic Pathways

AHECWW is working with partners across the state to make it easier for healthcare students to map their academic pathway to healthcare and STEM certifications and degree programs. There are a vast number of outreach programs throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region striving to bring minorities who are underrepresented in the health care fields toward college level training in the health sciences.

Summer Programs provide chances for high school students to explore degree programs – scroll down for a regional list.

Northwest Health Career Path Summit

Western Washington hosts the Health Career Pathways Summit on April 26, 2019 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. Details are on the event flyer. For more information contact Connie Jensen, Allied Health Center of Excellence (509) 834-4572.

Career and Academic Pathways (Student “Pipeline”) Project

Together with a broad coalition of partners, the project collects and distributes data to help programs gain a better understanding of what is happening in their area, identify gaps in programming and find ways to bridge gaps and link programs. Outreach programs are most successful when they work together to form a “pipeline.” This is the goal of the Pipeline Mapping Project.

The project includes two main components:

Pipeline mapping: Compiling data about all the career pathway programs in the WWAMI Region, making it accessible in a searchable database and interactive map to students, advisors, and educators via a website and app.

  • Link participants and volunteers to programs
  • Encourage programs to work with neighbors and create opportunities for cooperation
  • Identify both areas of overlap and where there are gaps in programming
  • Improve data collection and measurement of the impact of pipeline programs
  • Research methods to track student outcomes

Pipeline Summits: Convening annual information-sharing events to link programs with each other and with participants.

Partners in development include:

  • Students
  • UW School of Medicine Service Learning
  • UW Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
  • UW Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)
  • Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC)
  • Seattle Data For Good
  • Career Summit
  • The second Western Washington Healthcare Career Pathways Pipeline Summit took place on April 4, 2018, at University of Washington in Seattle.

Career Summit

The second Western Washington Healthcare Career Pathways Pipeline Summit took place on April 4, 2018, at University of Washington in Seattle.

Purpose of the summit:

  • Space for Inspirational Stories
  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Updates on Pipeline Mapping Project
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Workshops
  • Technical Assistance

Organizations shared advice on how to eliminate the barriers in education, to keep students moving forward toward their dreams. Check back for information on the next summit.

Summer Health Professions Programs for Teens

Summer is a great time to explore and gain experiential learning. These [summer programs] give hands-on interactions that highlight the rewards and excitement of many types of healthcare careers

University of Washington – Summer Teen Program

The Summer Teen Program runs June through August for high school students aged sixteen through eighteen. Summer Teens interact in the hospital environment to greet and direct visitors, transport patients, deliver specimens to the lab and flowers and mail to patients, support the Information Desk, and assist staff with special projects

Western Washington University College Quest

A true immersive college experience – from residence hall to classroom – gives high school students the chance to take a real college course, earn 1 university credit, gain valuable college success information, and form extraordinary social connections. Students who complete this program get an advantage as they plan for their academic future

National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care, University of Washington, July and August

At the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care, students perform clinical rounds, learn medical examination and surgical techniques, and participate in diagnosis and treatment while solving the mystery of a fatal outbreak sweeping the nation. High school students grapple with controversial medical issues, learn about today’s health care challenges and explore advanced scientific research in areas such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Providence High School Summer Program

Students in the Summer Program carry out Providence’s mission of caring for the poor and vulnerable while increasing their awareness of the healthcare field as a potential career path. Students learn the principles of sound decision-making and problem-solving skills while receiving supportive coaching and mentoring from staff. The interactive experience in a hospital environment develops key communication skills in a diverse environment made up of patients, family members, visitors and staff from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Multicare Programs for High Schooler

MultiCare helps students interested in health care to clarify their career choices. The variety of programs includes nurse camp, Pharmacy, Imaging, Physical Therapy and more. Students gain experience and an understanding of the educational pathways to achieve the career of their dreams

COPE Health Scholars, Junior Health Scholar Program, Swedish Medical Centers – First Hill

As a Junior Health Scholar, you will observe how the patient care team works together to deliver excellent care and see what it’s really like to be a patient.

For next year:

Summer Health Professions Education Program

Health Careers Collaborative Opportunity for AHECs with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly SMDEP) www.shpep.org sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), serves as the free, six-week academic enrichment program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

AHECWW is working with SHPEP to get the word out to interested health career students who may benefit. Students are encouraged to apply and take the opportunity to join this FREE, summer enrichment program that is filled with countless career development opportunities.

Learn more about the new educational opportunities provided by the SHPEP program and apply today at www.shpep.org. The application deadline for 2018 has passed (February 15), but keep this program in mind for 2019.

AHEC Scholars

Together with AHECs across the country and the national Health Resources and Services Administration, a new interdisciplinary educational program is being launched. The AHEC Scholars program focuses on a diverse culturally competent healthcare workforce that specializes in serving rural areas.

Students in the Whatcom County area enjoyed the AHEC Scholars Kick-off Reception on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at Whatcom Community College Health Professions Education Center.

Healthcare students apply to become AHEC Scholars and will receive recognition upon successful completion of the two-year program. AHEC Scholars are competitively selected from applicants to ensure representation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds or racial/ethnic groups that are considered inadequately represented in specific health professions. The AHEC Scholars will comprise a collaborative cohort of up to 25 students from a variety of health profession degree or certificate programs.

During both years, students participate in supplemental instruction, that augments their respective degree program requirements in their specialty fields. Studying together with different health professions students offers cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation. Instruction consists of on-line and community/experiential learning.

AHEC Scholars complete a service learning community project and participate in a Journal Club, including poster presentations at the annual Northwest Rural Health Conference. The AHEC Scholars Learning Plan form is available. Instruction will incorporate six core topic areas:

  • Inter-professional Education: supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professions.
  • Behavioral Health Integration: promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services (mental health and substance use conditions)
  • Social Determinants of Health: economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, neighborhood and built environment are social determinants that have a profound effect on health.
  • Cultural Competency: training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language, and health literacy of diverse individuals and communities.
  • Practice Transformation: goal-setting, leadership, practice facilitation, workflow changes, measuring outcomes, adapting organizational tools and processes to support new team-based models of care delivery
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues: examples include Zika virus, pandemic influenza, opioid abuse, geographically relevant health issues, and more.

The WWAMI AHEC Scholars program offers more details and the AHEC Scholars short video describes the program.

Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program

AHECWW is developing a Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program to encourage high school students to explore healthcare careers. HPAC is a facilitated student activity that meets at participating high schools. Students in the HPAC learn to identify community health issues under the guidance of an AmeriCorps College Access Coordinator. Activities include presentations by healthcare professionals, field trips, and tutoring. HPAC focuses on students from diverse populations that are under-represented in health professions. AHECWW launched the first HPAC in Washington State as a pilot project at two Whatcom County high schools in 2018.

History

The HPAC program began in Ohio where it currently serves about 2,000 youth in hundreds of high schools across the state. It is built around the IDEAS model of community engagement:

Identify: students identify a health concern in their community
Develop: Students design a project to address the concern
Enact: Students implement their project, conducting research, collecting data on conditions before and after
Assess: Students evaluate the results of their project
Share: Students present and report their results to their community and schools

AmeriCorps Role

The HPAC Pilot Project for 2018-2018 school year engages College Access Coaches who act as mentors and tutors for high school students. The AmeriCorps Campus Compact member recruits and supervises the College Access Coaches in activities at participating high schools. Many College Access Coaches are university or college students at regional institutions such as WWU or WCC.

Sign up for HPAC

HPAC has been established starting in October 2018 at Ferndale High School and Nooksack Valley High School. Additional outreach and collaboration are working toward HPAC programs at Mount Baker High School and Lummi Nation High School.

For more information:

Contact AHECWW at (360) 383-3170

Additional Training

Resources for Career Exploration

Current and future health sciences students, and high school student exploring health career options will find resources and links for certificate programs, summer programs, and more.

Summer Health Professions Education Program

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE six-week academic summer enrichment program for first-year and sophomore college students who are interested in the health professions. SHPEP especially encourages applicants from groups that are underrepresented in the health professions, or from individuals from an economically disadvantaged background. For more information, check the documents below or call (866) 587-6337.

General College Resources

Big Future is a service of the College Board to help connect students to college success and opportunity. The Big Future website provides general information about the college experience, including exploring educational programs, paying for college, career search tools, and finding colleges by program type.

Scrubs Camp

High school students get a full day experiencing different Health Care Careers. (Check back in May for information on 2019 registration).

Scholarship and Financial Resources

Rural Healthcare Research Support

Rural PREP helps fund research to improve rural healthcare, offering support to encourage and promote research and scholarly activity in rural health professions education. Find out more and apply at Rural PREP. (Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research Education and Practice (Rural PREP).

National Health Service Corps Scholarships

You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines: Physicians (MD or DO), Dentists, Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus), Certified Nurse-Midwives, Physician Assistants. The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community. Learn more at the HRSA website: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/.

Students to Service Program

Are you a medical or dental student in your final year of school? The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. Learn more from the HRSA website.

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). The HPSA search is designed to aid with your loan repayment research.

The Washington Scholarship Coalition operates the WashBoard.org website where students can easily be matched to available scholarships specific to their situation. Assistance with financial aid application forms is also available. Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand majors in the health care fields. 1850 new scholarships will be awarded.

General Training Resources

Work Source Washington provides a wealth of information about career training and programs to help you navigate career planning. [The AHECWW training pages] provide links and details for a wide variety of healthcare certificate and degree programs.

Credentialing for Healthcare Professions

Learn where you can access First Aid training, and about the credentialing requirements for various healthcare professionals at the Washington State Department of Health credentialing page.

Resources for Veteran Students

The Veterans’ Resources page on the Allied Health Center of Excellence website provides information on employment initiatives for veterans, as well as resource links for veterans.

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: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/).

HIV/AIDS and First Aid Training

Learn more about requirements for HIV/AIDS training requirements at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website. You are required to have AIDS education if you (1) work as a health care professional or in a state licensed or certified health care facility in Washington, or (2) want to get a license, certification or registration to practice a regulated health care profession in Washington state. The DOH site lists details on HIV/AIDS trainings in the state.

Mental Health First Aid

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid certification and how to access training.

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. Visit the NOSORH page.

For Professionals

Professional 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, non-profit 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. Visit WPHP.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School is 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 is available on the Hub Resource Portal.

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 the Weitzman Institute 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: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/.

HEAL WA

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

Recruitment

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 Care” Dr. 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 disorders. Click 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. Visit the NOSORH page.

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

Continuing Education

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid classes are available in communities in western Washington.

Behavioral Health Workforce Summit

Washington State is committed to training and expanding a behavioral health workforce to meet the health needs of Washington residents. Plan to attend an inspiring and innovative Behavioral Health Summit in Spokane on April 3rd, 2019, or in Seattle on April 5, 2019. Employers/practitioners, educators, and policymakers will learn from one another, exchange ideas, and develop a plan of action for the coming year. For more information, contact the University of Washington Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) at ebpi2536@uw.edu.

Behavioral Health Integration Summit Northwest

On May 16, 2019, the Healthcare Integration Summit Northwest gathers at Whatcom Community College with healthcare leaders and practitioners, policy makers, and workforce professionals to share insights and innovation in bi-directional healthcare integration for the purpose of identifying implications to workforce planning and training. Find out more and register for the Healthcare Integration Summit Northwest.

HPV Vaccine: Cancer Prevention Education

The National AHEC Organization received funding to educate health professionals on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV project offers three educational fliers for clinics, staff, and educators to use and distribute:

Workforce Development Council Resources

The Workforce Development Council has several helpful “Map Your Career” paths including a Career Path in Healthcare with a visual map.

Career Bridge

Career Bridge is brought to you by the state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Career Bridge is a website where you can explore careers, view job trends, and find education programs.

Upcoming Webinars

Please see the AHECWW calendar for upcoming webinars.
The Resources page features additional opportunities for students, employers, and professionals.

Wellness Courses from WPHP

The Washington Physicians Health Program has courses aimed at improving physicians’ health so that they can better serve others. Examples of their training courses include Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers, Compassion Cultivation Training, and Mind Body Medicine. Visit the WPHP website for more information.

College Students interested in Health Careers

College students interested in healthcare careers are invited to apply for the Summer Health Professions Education Program. AHECWW is developing the state’s first Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) program with a pilot project in Whatcom County starting autumn, 2018. In HPAC, college students interested in health careers are invited to mentor high school students as College Access Coaches. To become involved with HPAC, contact AHECWW at (360) 383-3170.

AHEC Scholars

The WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program is a nationwide HRSA/AHEC branded certificate program to prepare and promote a diverse, skilled primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities. The program emphasizes a team-based approach to addressing health disparities. Coursework can be completed at no cost and complements existing coursework for students of health professions. Courses have been written by University of Washington Educators. For more information and to apply visit the AHEC Scholars program website.

Community/Technical College Programs

Search college programs through the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges at the sbctc.edu website. This tool allows you to search for programs by areas of interest, locations, and colleges. This is the most comprehensive resource for accessing information on Washington’s community and technical college programs, including health care pre-majors in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and nursing; health care technician; health sciences and allied health; health unit and records; public health; environmental health; registered nursing; licensed practical nursing; nursing assistant; chemical dependency/addiction; mental health services; and more.

Medical Schools

Medical schools in the western Washington region include:

Stackable Certificates Programs

Stackable certificate programs are comprised of a series of certificates that can be “stacked” together for a degree. This type of program is especially useful for healthcare professionals who wish to continue working while studying.Programs that offer stackable certificates include:

Wellness Courses from WPHP

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.

For Communities

Mental Health First Aid Training

AHECWW offers Mental Health First Aid trainings for professionals and community members throughout western Washington. Upcoming trainings include:

  • Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, (Adult) Bellingham: March 20, 2019 (Class is Full)
  • Whatcom Community College, (Adult) Bellingham: April 26, 2019 – Register here

Trainings consist of a full 8-hour day (usually from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) with a lunch break (lunch not provided). Those who successfully complete the full day are eligible for a Mental Health First Aid certificate issued by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The certificate remains valid for three years. Class size is limited to 30, and, through grant funding from the State Department of Health, the trainings are offered free of charge (value $170). The class is great for people of all backgrounds. Students in allied health courses of study are encouraged to consider this training. For registration information, call (360) 383-3170.

There are two main certification levels: one for adults who interact with youth (Youth Mental Health First Aid) and one for adults generally (Mental Health First Aid).

Continuing Education Credits

AHECWW provides certificates to document Continuing Education (CE) credits for attendees. AHECWW is authorized to award CE for licensed social workers in Washington State through the Washington Chapter of the National Association for Social Workers. Dentists, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are now eligible to receive continuing education credits (CEUs) for all Adult Mental Health First Aid courses! The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has approved the Adult Mental Health First Aid course for a total of 8.0 contact hours, or 0.8 CEUs. Contact AHECWW for more information at: info@AHECWW.org or call (360) 383-3170.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

  • Enroll in a Mental Health First Aid course to learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.
  • Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  • Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.

Mental Health First Aid is a project of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Why mental health first aid? Mental Health First Aid was originally created in Australia in 2001 under the auspices of the University of Melbourne, and is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland and Singapore.

The National Council for Behavioral Health – a national trade group with more than 2,500 member organizations serving millions of Americans nationwide – helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the United States in 2008 with the goal of making it as common as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.

Find out how to become a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Palliative Care Events

The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, the Palliative Care Institute, PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center, the Chuckanut Health Foundation and community activists, hosts an annual event to encourage advance care planning across all decades, including college-aged students.

Visit Palliative Care 101.

Families of Children with Special Healthcare Needs

Primary Partners

AHECWW partners with a wide variety of healthcare organizations. Scroll down for more information on these partners:

Department of Health Rural Care Office

Department of Health Rural Care Office supports health systems planning and development in Washington’s rural and underserved communities to improve health and healthcare across the life span, through multiple programs. Source: http://www.doh.wa.gov.

What defines Rural? The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides tools to define rural areas where healthcare shortage areas exist. Use their website toolbox to find rural healthcare providers and eligibility for rural funding.

WWAMI AHEC Program Office

The WWAMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the University of Washington works to improve the diversity, distribution, and quality of the health workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The AHEC program relies on partnerships with communities in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (the “WWAMI” states) to promote health career pathways, create educational opportunities for students from junior high school all the way through professional and post-graduate training, and support health care providers in underserved populations.The WWAMI AHEC continues its more than two decades of work as an integral part of the larger WWAMI program, a 30+ years old medical education program serving the five state region. Consistent with the overall aims of the Federal AHEC Program, the WWAMI AHEC supports activities that provide health workforce development and education away from large cities through partnerships with independent AHEC centers. By sharing resources with the WWAMI medical program, the WWAMI AHEC is well-positioned to help improve the quality and distribution of all health professionals into the mostly-rural region. Source: http://depts.washington.edu/ahec/.

Other Partners

Eastern Washington AHEC

Washington state’s other AHEC, the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington was established in March 1987 under Washington State University Spokane. Funding came from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington School of Medicine. In 2003, the AHEC transitioned again to a home under the WSU Extension. In September of 2015, the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center transitioned from the WSU Extension to Eastern Washington University under the College of Health Sciences and Public Health. EWU is thrilled to be part of the AHEC tradition in Eastern Washington. Source: https://sites.ewu.edu/ewahec/about/.

Washington Resources Group

Washington Resources Group (WRG) is a collaborative partnership that engages in direct recruitment efforts for healthcare facilities located in rural and underserved areas statewide. AHECWW is a member of the WRG, whose goal is to ensure that the healthcare system in Washington State has the professionals needed to help build healthy communities. Loan repayment programs applications are offered annually.

National AHEC Organization

The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network to improve health by leading the nation in recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health work force for underserved communities. Source: https://www.nationalahec.org/.

Washington Rural Health Association

The Washington Rural Health Association was formed in 1988 as an outgrowth of the vision of many individuals and organizations who recognized the value of uniting to support rural health care throughout the state of Washington. The special challenges of delivering health care in rural areas of Washington were the driving force in the development of WRHA. The Association provides a forum for exchanging information, developing common strategies for problem solving, and representing rural health care needs in a coherent fashion. The association is taking a leadership role in developing legislation and providing guidance, expertise and testimony for both legislators and regulators. WRHA is a strong advocate for enhanced access, quality and stability for rural health services. Source: www.waruralhealth.org.

National Rural Health Association:

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. Source: https://www.ruralhealthweb.org/about-nrha.

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association

Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 membership-driven organization that serves community and migrant health centers (C/MHCs) in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (federal Region X). Founded in 1983, NWRPCA offers a range of programs and services to support and strengthen C/MHCs in the Northwest. We work to ensure equal access, regardless of one’s financial or insurance status, to primary and preventive health care for all residents living in the region. Source: http://www.nwrpca.org/?page=Welcome.

Allied Health Center of Excellence

Centers of Excellence are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington State’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs.

A targeted industry is identified as one that is strategic to the economic growth of a region or state. Centers are guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy. Source: http://www2.yvcc.edu/coe/aboutahcoe.html.

Washington State Hospital Association

The Washington State Hospital Association advocates for and provides value to members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities.

Through leadership and collaboration, we strive for exceptional health outcomes in Washington communities by focusing on high quality, healthy communities, and sustainable cost. (http://www.wsha.org/about/)

Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers

The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 to advocate on behalf of the low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations of Washington State served by community health centers (CHCs). These health centers serve low income, homeless, seasonal and migrant farmworkers, immigrants and refugees, tribal communities and other persons with limited access to health care. Source: http://www.wacmhc.org/about-us.

More Partners

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. Source: www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/.

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. Source: https://www.hca.wa.gov/about-hca/healthier-washington/practice-transformation-support-hub.

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. Source: http://aims.uw.edu.

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. Source: www.qualishealth.org.

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center 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. Source: https://www.nrtrc.org.

Older Adult Falls Prevention

The Department of Health is a leader in falls prevention efforts throughout Washington. We work with a wide range of partners to develop solutions and increase the visibility of fall prevention throughout communities. Resources for trainings are available on the falls prevention programs page.

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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, non-profit 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. Visit WPHP.

Support for Practice Improvement

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School is 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.

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. Source: https://www.hca.wa.gov/about-hca/healthier-washington/practice-transformation-support-hub.

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. Source: https://www.nrtrc.org.

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. Source: www.qualishealth.org.

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: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/.

Support for Staffing and Recruiting

National Health Service Corps Site Application

Learn more about becoming a National Health Service Corps site and application. 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: NHSC Site Reference Guide.

Health Professions 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). The HPSA search aids with your loan repayment research.

National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)

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

Recruitment and Retention Tips: A Resource list to help organizations better recruit and retain health professionals is available. A guide to best practices for attracting and retaining needed workforce is also available.

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. Visit the SHRM website.

Resources for Hiring Veterans

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

Employing People with Disabilities

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

Loan Repayment Programs

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

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). The Weitzman Institute website offers information on practice transformation support, Project ECHO for Chronic Pain and MAT, eConsult, QI education, and workforce development. Weitzman Institute programs are operating in 37 states (including Washington), bringing services to health centers and practices across the country. The Institute has offices in Colorado and Connecticut.

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. Source: www.wtb.wa.gov/HealthSentinel/.

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. Source: http://aims.uw.edu.

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.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School is 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 is available on the Hub Resource Portal.

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 the Weitzman Institute 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: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/.

HEAL WA

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

Recruitment

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 Resources section for upcoming webinars offering free CME and Continuing Education credits for healthcare professionals.

Recent Webinars

Measurement-based Treatment to Target Depression Care” Dr. 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 disorders. Click 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. Visit the NOSORH page.

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

Recruitment / Retention

Join NWRPCA for Recruitment & Retention Learning Collaborative: Building a Culture of Retention. This unique training is presented in partnership with Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) Star2 Center.

3RNET

3RNet members represent over 5,000 communities across the U.S. that actively recruit physicians and other healthcare providers. Attendees include 3RNet members and representatives from other state-based agencies involved in workforce issues, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, Veteran’s Administration, and Indian Health Service. 3RNet is committed to ensuring this event helps you make meaningful connections.

Health-Related Job Boards

Loan Repayment

Health Professional Shortage Areas Program

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). The HPSA search can aid your loan repayment research.

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Students to Service Program

Are you a medical or dental student in your final year of school? The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Health Professional Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program

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. The current 2018-19 Eligible Approved Site List is posted on our website. 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. Award amounts vary based on the contract type (see Reference Guides for full details).

NHSC Loan Repayment Program

The 2018 Loan Repayment Program application cycle is open. Clinicians may earn up to $50,000 in loan repayment for a two-year service commitment at an NHSC site.

The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve—service at sites in higher-need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option.

Accepting applications through April 23, 4:30 p.m. PT.

Achievement Council Overview

The Washington Student Achievement Council is moving to a new three-step application process, beginning with site pre-approval. Sites may now apply for preapproval status. Sites that meet minimum qualifications will be included on the Preapproved Site List (coming soon). More information about how to apply is detailed in the site application webinar.

Washington Resources Group

Washington Resources Group (WRG) is a collaborative partnership that engages in direct recruitment efforts for healthcare facilities located in rural and underserved areas statewide. AHECWW is a member of the WRG, whose goal is to ensure that the healthcare system in Washington State has the professionals needed to help build healthy communities. Loan repayment programs applications are offered annually.