Q&A with PCPCH Program Staff

November 17, 2016 - 7:30am Source

If you joined us on October 3, then you got the inside scoop on what's changing in the PCPCH program, including the revised standards for PCPCH recognition in 2017. If you did not get a chance to attend the webinar on October 3, no problem!  Please review a recording of the webinar here prior to joining us on November 17th as we will not spend much time covering the same materials.  The PCPCH 2017 Recognition Standards are available here.

During this hour PCPCH program staff will be answering your specific questions about PCPCH program changes and how the revised standards impact your clinic.  No question is too simple or too complex – PCPCH program staff will answer them all! Join us on November 17 with your questions and hear from other practices! 


Presented By:

Amy E. Harris, MPH

Program and Communications Specialist

Oregon Health Authority - Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Program

Amy provides direct technical assistance and support to practices applying for PCPCH recognition. She also oversees the development and implementation of a statewide outreach strategy to further engage primary care practices in health system transformation.  Beyond her work within the PCPCH Program, Amy has a strong interest in primary care health policy and led the implementation of the Primary Care Spending in Oregon report to the legislature. During Amy’s 15 year career in healthcare she has held positions in non-profit organizations and the private sector.  Early in her career she was a community organizer for the American Cancer Society and most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for a multi-specialty medical practice in the Seattle area. Amy holds a Master of Public Health from Portland State University.


Deepti Shinde

Policy Analyst

Oregon Health Authority – Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Program

Deepti is a Policy Analyst for the PCPCH Program. She works on projects related to primary care policy and implementation. Before joining the OHA, Deepti worked for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan both in the Northwest and Southern California regions. She worked on data analysis, program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives across several medical centers and hospitals.  She is a graduate of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Improvement Advisor Program. Deepti holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California.



Evan Saulino, M.D., PhD

PCPCH Clinical Advisor

Oregon Health Authority - Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Program

Dr. Saulino is a family physician in Portland, Oregon, at a "safety-net" residency teaching clinic, where approximately half of his patients have private insurance, and half receive Medicaid or are uninsured. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California - San Diego, and his medical degree and PhD in Microbiology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to seeing patients in the clinic, he works on a variety of health policy, advocacy, and communications issues with groups such as the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, as well as with legislators in Oregon and nationally. Through his position at the Providence Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE), Dr. Saulino acts as the clinical advisor for the PCPCH program, working to bridge the gap between policy and practice.  


Megan Bowen

Compliance Specialist/Site Visitor

Oregon Health Authority - Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program

Megan is a Site Visitor for the PCPCH program, and her job takes her to recognized medical homes across the state. She returned home to the Northwest in 2014 after working in Boston with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation implementing shared decision making processes and decision aids in primary and specialty care practices across the country.  She has clinical experience in emergency medicine, primary and specialty care - first as a medical assistant starting in 1985, then as a nationally registered paramedic and ACLS instructor. She also has experience in quality improvement, clinical data management, primary care transformation, health policy on a state and federal level and implementation of evidence-based best practices. Meg is also a certified Decision Support Health Coach and is very happy to be working with innovative practices in Oregon and around the Northwest. Meg lives in beautiful Wallowa County where she enjoys all outdoor activities and she says it is a privilege to get to visit clinics across Oregon.