Washington - Eastern

Faith Johnson
Tel: 360.236.2815

Eastern Washington encompasses a wide array of geography from the North Cascades to the rolling hills of “The Palouse”. It includes the rich fertile agricultural valleys of Yakima and the Columbia River Plateau. This “Eastside of the mountains” experiences the 4 seasons and offers recreational opportunities for every age and interest! Many towns have fine art galleries, orchestras, restaurants and shopping experiences for every taste and temperament. If you are interested in warm and friendly communities, open spaces, and quality practices then consider "this side of the mountains."

Today's health care environment can cause dis-satisfaction. If you want to remember WHY you entered medicine then come to rural Eastern Washington. Work in a Rural Health Clinic owned by a Critical Access Hospital or privately owned by a group of caring practitioners. Come to where practicing medicine is as it should be: where you know your neighbors, where you are appreciated, where you get to use your training to its fullest.

Eastern Washington Communities are in need of: Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Internal and Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians and Dentists.

Featured Sites

Gateway to the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, if you enjoy water sports, hiking and wine tasting…

Our Mission is to Provide Equal Access to Quality Health Care to All Persons Regardless of Age, Sex, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, or the Ability to Pay

Established in 1971, CBHA provides inclusive top-tier medical, dental, eye, behavioral health and other clinical services to more than 170,000 patients annually throughout its Othello, Mattawa and Connell locations. Each year the organization is recognized among Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) for its commitment to innovation, compliance, and delivery of quality health care.

We came together, joined in a common purpose to provide health care to the most vulnerable and have created a primary care delivery system that is recognized as a leader in defining the integrated health care home model. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about CBHA click on link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSy7IbbZr8M

Moses Lake Community Health Center
Moses Lake Community Health Center is dedicated to serving migrant and seasonal farm workers, the uninsured, underinsured and others who have difficulty accessing care. The Health Center has served the community in Moses Lake since 1978 and opened operations in Quincy in 2002.

They also have locations in Quincy and Ephrata for both Family Medicine and Dental Opportunities.


Family Health Centers
Family Health Centers (FHC) is located in North Central Washington’s Okanogan County. Located halfway between the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Spokane, Okanogan County encompasses nearly 5,300 square miles of pristine, natural beauty. Family Health Centers has been an important part of the Okanogan community for 30 years. FHC has six medical sites in Omak, Brewster, Bridgeport, Tonasket and Twisp and five dental sites in Okanogan, Brewster, Bridgeport, Oroville and Twisp that together serve the entire county. FHC provides these services in culturally competent and linguistically appropriate way. Visit them at: https://myfamilyhealth.org/

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS) is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. They also have a “Neighborhood Connections” program dedicated to providing health care to the Homeless community and they are a partner with Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program. The staff at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services has a shared purpose to advance their community by improving the quality of life, one person at a time. If you’re looking for mission oriented experiences consider joining the team. YNHS is looking for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners as well as other health care professionals. http://www.ynhs.org/

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services celebrates 40 years! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJjqzgi5UzU 

Yakima County has a HPSA score of 17 and has many NHSC scholars staying way past their obligation!!  You can enjoy first-class wines and a variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. With an easy drive to a flourishing metropolitan area and access to the local airport to travel where you please; this county is a great place to call home!

J-1 Visa Waiver Program

The Washington State Department of Health administers the J-1 Physician Visa Waiver program. The goal of the program is to increase the number of physicians available to work in rural and underserved areas of the state. The program is considered a secondary tool in recruitment, used when efforts to recruit a U.S. trained physician have been unsuccessful for an extended period of time.

Washington State will sponsor up to 30 waivers per federal fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

  • At least 20 of the total waivers are available to primary care physicians.
  • Up to 10 of the total waivers are available to specialists.
  • On April 1 of each year, any waivers remaining unfilled will be available to either primary care or specialist physicians on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible employers in Washington must be located in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or whole-county Medically Underserved Area (MUA). We may sponsor up to five of the total waivers to physicians who will practice at healthcare facilities located in non-designated areas that meet the criteria in WAC 246-562-075. Washington does not require a minimum HPSA score or a specific facility type. For more information see: Applicant Eligibility Criteria. The J-1 Visa Application form (PDF) will be accepted beginning October 1 of each year.

J1 Contact Information

Amanda Latchaw
Office of Community and Rural Health
PO Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Phone: 360-236-2862
Fax: 360-236-2830
WA State J-1 Program Specifics


Washington Association for Community Health is providing Healthcare Apprenticeship opportunities!!


  • The Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 12 month program that prepares students to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) test through the National Healthcareer Association.  It has been approved by the State of Washington as an equivalent to an MA-C program at a community or technical college. Apprentices are co-enrolled as students of South Seattle College (SSC) and receive 56 credits toward an AA degree. The Association has been working with the Health Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) to register the MA Apprenticeship Program nationally. This National Registration will now allow any state or health center to utilize the program, the Associations curriculum, and apprentices will be able to access the credits associated with the now accredited program. The Association offers usual cohorts every April and October with cohort sizes capped at 40 apprentices.


  • The Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 12 month program that trains students to work as Registered Dental Assistants in Washington State, with an option to work toward their Certified Dental Assistant credential.  It is equivalent to a Dental Assisting program at a community or technical college. Functionally, apprentices should be turning over rooms, completing waste and waterline management, greeting patients, answering phones and scheduling patients, and beginning x-rays by the end of month 1. Taking x-rays, beginning to assist with exams, and shadowing restorative procedures by the end of month 2. Assisting with full exams, managing all records, transferring instruments, completing fluoride placement and beginning sterilization procedures by the end of month 3. The Association offers usual cohorts every May and November with cohort sizes capped at 20 apprentices. .


  • For more information: http://www.wacmhc.org/inreach 

Faith Johnson
Office of Community and Rural Health
P.O. Box 47853
Olympia, WA 98504-7853
Phone: 360.236.2815
Fax: 360-236-2830


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