FAQ: frequently asked questions
Why do we exist?
Sweeping changes are coming on both the purchasing and delivery side of care. With great change comes great opportunity. It is critical for our communities to both understand these changes and maximize the opportunities based on what is important to us.
What do we do?
We advance the health of our communities through our shared commitment to addressing our most pressing, shared regional health needs.
We do this through:
Engaging with and listening to community partners
Identifying shared regional health needs
Advocating to policy makers and state agency leaders using a unified, local voice
Creating the space to build collaborative partnerships across sectors and counties, inclusive of tribal nations
Implementing health improvement projects, both inside and outside the delivery system, that address these shared needs
What's our goal?
The goal of the OCH is to improve the health of our communities in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties by:
Addressing shared regional health priorities with a focus on health equity and social determinants of health, and
Advancement towards the Triple Aim:
Where do we get our funding?
The OCH is funded by grants from the Health Care Authority and contributions from organizations on the Board of Directors.
What is our role as an Accountable Community of Health (ACH)?
Cultivate diverse, purposeful partnerships.
Transcend and transform the complex financial and health systems to drive towards improve health.
Broaden our definition of health and how to get there.
Authentically engage our communities in plans for transformation and setting health priorities. Act on our commitments.
Acknowledge that reform efforts will present serious challenges and threats to some.
In January of 2016, the OCH was designated as one of nine Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) in the state by the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA). We formed a Board of Directors in June 2016 and an Executive Committee in July 2016.
What is our "region"?
1. Improving patient care, including quality, access and satisfaction;
2. Reducing the per-capita cost of health care; and
3. Improving the health of the population.
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
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