Washington Updates: Partner Graduations & New Advisory Council Members

It is hard to believe that we are over a year since the start of the pandemic. It is even more amazing to think about how much our health center partners have achieved in the same time frame, amidst the impact of COVID-19. As we progress through 2021, we are taking our partners’ lead — giving them the space they need to care for our communities effectively and safely through the pandemic, while also ensuring they have the tools and guidance to sustain contraceptive care here in Washington state. We are forever grateful to our partners and all health care providers for everything you do to keep Washingtonians safe.

Upstream Graduates

Many of our early partners in Washington have completed the active technical assistance portion of our work! This means that they have completed training, and fully implemented changes across their practices to ensure the skills, policies and protocols are in place to continually provide and advance best in class contraceptive care to their communities.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication throughout our partnership. Without you, building a world of universal access to all contraceptive methods would not be possible.

Graduating Partners

Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
Columbia Basin Health Association
Community Health Association of Spokane
Family Health Centers
Jefferson County Public Health
Klickitat Valley Health
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho
Whidbey Health

Upstream provided us with the Quality Improvement and Population Health that we want, but can’t find the time for. From research to implementation, the team at Upstream has made it possible to do even more for our patients.”

– Hang Chau-Glendinning, DO
Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center Physician

New Advisory Committee Members

We are excited to announce two new members to our Washington Advisory Committee, representing important perspectives on the state of healthcare in Washington.

Jennifer Allen
Jennifer joins our Advisory Committee as the CEO of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates and Chief Policy Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana, and Kentucky. Jennifer’s role focuses on protecting and promoting reproductive health, rights, and justice in Washington, Alaska, Hawai’i, Idaho, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Cassie Sauer
Cassie brings her important perspective by way of leading the Washington State Hospital Association as CEO, which represents all of Washington’s hospital systems and focuses on advocating for better public policy, increasing access to health care, improving health care quality, and creating opportunities for state and region wide collaboration.

Welcome Jennifer and Cassie!

Thank you Bree Collaborative

With your help late last year, the Bree Collaborative approved new sexual and reproductive healthcare recommendations to improve quality, equity, and cultural appropriateness of these services across Washington. Included in the recommendations are the importance of asking a parenting and/or pregnancy intention screening question to begin the process of delivering patient-centered contraceptive care free from bias and coercion. Thank you to all the members of the committee for continuing to make Washington one of the best states in the country to receive sexual and reproductive healthcare.

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