Land acknowledgement

Together, we acknowledge, with humility, the indigenous peoples whose presence permeates the waterways, shorelines, valleys, and mountains of the Olympic region. The land where we are is the territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, in particular the Chimacum, Hoh, Makah, S’Klallam, Suquamish, and Quileute tribes on whose sacred land we live, work, and play. Click here to learn more about the Indigenous land where you are.

About
Olympic Community of Health

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Tackle health issues no single sector or Tribe can tackle alone.

OCH brings together partners from many different backgrounds, sectors, communities, and Tribes. Building bridges between and among the community and clinical workforce to create a more person-centered approach to health.

As an Accountable Community of Health (ACH), OCH was created to incentivize and implement collaborative approaches to better meet the health needs of the Olympic region.

The Olympic Region

The Olympic region includes Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties. We are in the territorial lands of the Sovereign Nations of:

  • Hoh

  • Jamestown S’Klallam

  • Lower Elwha Klallam

  • Makah

  • Port Gamble S’Klallam

  • Quileute

  • Suquamish

We are lucky to live, learn, work, and play in such a beautiful region with Olympic National Park right in our backyard.

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OCH’s overarching goal is to “improve individual and population health and advance equity by addressing the determinants of health”. OCH works towards this goal by addressing the following focus areas​:

  • substance use disorder

  • access to the full spectrum of care

  • individual needs are met timely, easily, and compassionately

  • quality, affordable, long-term housing

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Community-informed priorities

OCH prioritized partner and community feedback, perspective, and voice throughout the creation of the 2022-2026 strategic plan. The focus areas reflect the prioritization of partners across the region. While there are many focus areas that deserve to be acted upon, these four priorities serve as a starting point to maximize collective impact, ultimately pushing us towards our vision of a healthier, more equitable three-county region.