Technology Improvement: Expanding Educational Opportunities
The Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) will improve educational capabilities in both face-to-face settings and distance learning modalities by 1) replacing or upgrading outdated presentation equipment used by speakers at our Primary Care Conferences and seminars, and 2) purchasing advanced distance learning software to expand our growing catalog of online courses. NWRPCA offers education and training for community health centers (CHCs) within HRSA Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). This includes 101 NWRPCA members, of which 81 are health centers representing over 500 individual sites, as well as non-affiliated CHCs within the four-state region. In 2012, Northwest Region CHCs served by NWRPCA provided health care to some 1.3 million people, most living at or below the poverty line. To effectively meet the needs of the populations in their care, CHC staff must have access to continuing education in best practices, improved techniques, and changes to law or policy. Each of NWRPCA?s three annual conferences draws between 250-500 attendees, depending on location. On average, 50 or more experts attend to lead panels and provide instruction on topics of importance to clinicians, board members, executives, managers and staff of Community Health Centers. By providing those guest experts with microphones or reliable laptops, NWRPCA can help them present their information clearly, thereby helping students engage more fully in the F2F learning process.