Academic and Community Partnerships
Quarterly Newsletter

December 20, 2019
Welcome from the Vice Dean of the Office of Academic and Community Partnerships
Welcome to our second Academic and Community Partnerships newsletter. This newsletter is our way of keeping you abreast of the work we are doing with our clinical partners statewide and to share opportunities for you and your teams to engage with us.
As we wrap up 2019 and look ahead to an exciting 2020, we want to extend our sincerest thanks for your ongoing partnership and support. As a community-based medical school, we truly would not be successful without your help in training the health care leaders of the future for the state of Washington.   
We want to be a valuable resource for you, so please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions, want more information, or simply want to share your experiences with our students. 
Thank you,
Ken Roberts, PhD
Vice Dean for Academic and Community Partnerships
A clerkship update from Dr. Farion R. Williams, MD, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Tri-Cities Campus
Partnerships across the state:

Mobile Clinic

The College of Medicine launched Range Health and the network’s first traveling health clinic, the William A. Crosetto Mobile Health Care Unit, on October 9, 2019.

Named for its intent to deliver care to all of Washington’s 39 counties with a nod to its rural emphasis, Range Health is a separate 501(c)(3) entity in partnership with WSU and the College of Medicine. The organization will provide treatment, prevention and wellness strategies to patients across the state, focusing on communities where health care is limited. Leveraging its network of doctors, nurses and pharmacists, Range Health will increase access to health care while serving as a training ground for medical students and health care providers. 

For more information, visit the Range Health website .
Ken Roberts at outreach event
School outreach

An important part of our college mission is to develop formal pathway and outreach programs to support young students who have an interest in a health sciences profession. In pursuit of this mission, our outreach team has been holding interprofessional, interactive learning experiences in communities across the state. 

  • The outreach team joined Range Health on its welcoming tour to the College of Medicine’s clinical campus locations in Everett, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, and connected with nearly 1,300 area high school students.

  • In partnership with WSU Extension Office and WSU Health Sciences Spokane, the outreach team connected with 155 7th grade students from Stevens County. Students from Stevens County will be traveling to the WSU Spokane campus in March 2020 as another part of our concerted outreach effort in the region.
Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN)

The College of Medicine has partnered with researchers from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences as well as community-based clinicians and practices to form Northwest Health Education and Research Outcomes Network (NW HERON).
NW HERON’s mission is to improve the quality of clinical care and ameliorate health disparities in communities across Washington state and its bordering states.

We also are excited to welcome two new members to the team: Dr. Patrik Johansson and Cole Allick, MHA. Dr. Johansson, an expert in rural health and interprofessional training, will serve as the Director of NW HERON. Colle Allick of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians brings rural and tribal strategic healthcare consulting experience and will serve as Tribal Liaison/NW HERON Coordinator
In the months ahead you can expect to receive an online survey seeking to identify health care priorities of primary care sites. Your input will be much appreciated as it will help inform the development of NW HERON.
Partner with us

If you have ideas of how we can partner with you or your organization in new and collaborative ways, please let us know at  [email protected] .