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Rooted in Community:
Nurturing a healthier Future for the Olympic Region
Olympic Community of Health (OCH) brings together partners from many different backgrounds, sectors, communities, and Tribes. Coming together builds bridges between and among the community and clinical workforce to create a more person-centered approach to health. Rooted in that community, partner efforts are blossoming into a healthier future. 

In 2023, Olympic Community of Health documented the first six years of the Medicaid Transformation Project in a legacy report.
Roots: Completed projects forming foundations for the future
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Bountiful Harvest: Coming together to share the fruits of individual experiences to improve health outcomes for all
2023 ushered in even more ways for partners to connect, contributing to a feast of inspiration. Below are a few examples of the inspiring work happening through partnerships across the region.
Expanding Support for Students at Peninsula College 
Partners from Clallam and Jefferson counties came together to explore solutions to better support student health and wellbeing.
Becoming a Recovery-Friendly Olympic Region 
Partners from across the region worked to reduce stigma surrounding people with substance use disorder (SUD).
Regional Care Coordinator ConveninGS
OCH continued to convene regional care coordinators to support a larger, more coordinated network of on-the-ground connectors.
Communities of Practice: Equity and Human Resources 
OCH convened two groups of partners and Tribes to rally around shared challenges, explore solutions, and nurture peer connections. 
Connecting Community Members to Care Report
OCH compiled data in 2023 to learn about and demonstrate the impact of regional programs and advocate for sustainable funding in the Connecting Community Members to Care Report
Data helps decision makers advocate for support for the transformational work of partners, ensuring greater and more lasting health for everyone.
Tools for Growth
Connecting To Data Tool

OCH released the Connecting to Data tool, an open-sourced resource for county and regional data, in alignment with indicators OCH is tracking to measure progress toward health transformation.
Supporting the Ecosystem: Keeping projects and partners thriving and sustaining the people they serve
OCH supports the resilience of partners with connections to a variety of resources. Funding is one of the nutrients seeding the ground for transformational work.
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Funds distributed to partners in 2023
Incoming Funds in 2023
Partner support

OCH managed several funding opportunities to support the important work of partners in 2023.
Words to grow by
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"2023 marked another year of partnerships and collaboration across the Olympic region in support of our vision of healthy people, thriving communities. We wrapped up the first chapter of Medicaid Transformation and continue to plant seeds in communities in alignment with our ambitious strategic plan. I have heartfelt gratitude for all the partners who contribute to our mission and look forward to our next chapter of work. We truly are stronger together."
Celeste Schoenthaler
Executive Director
"As your serving President for OCH, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the great work done by all of those who make up the OCH. I am grateful for the relationships among members that create a network that will continue to grow deeper. As we work together to nurture what has been created for the future, I thank you."
Heidi Anderson
Board of Directors President
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2023 OCH Team left to right: Yvonne, Celeste, Miranda. Brenainn, Bonnie, Debra

2021 in review
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