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Future State: Goal, Focus Areas, and Strategies

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

The Board of Directors have heard feedback and have voted on the proposed goal, focus areas, and strategies for the OCH future state.

In the draft OCH future state proposal presented to the Board of Directors in September of 2020, a broad goal, a set of focus areas, and strategies were proposed. Since then, staff sought feedback from a variety of partners (November 2020 partner site visits, a February 2021 survey, April 2021 Board of Directors meeting). Much of the feedback expressed during the various input processes indicated that partners would appreciate and recommend a narrowed list.

On June 14, the Board of Directors approved the following:

Future state goal

Improve individual and population health and advance equity by addressing the determinants of health.

While feedback indicated that the goal is broad and ambitious, this was part of the intention. Specific objectives and measures will be created and discussed later in 2021. Staff believe that this broad goal provides the organization and partners the opportunity to be nimble.

Focus areas

Click here to learn about the focus areas and example activities.


The Board decided to keep all of the following strategies on the table until further clarity and decisions have been made.

  • Funding coordination: OCH serves as a central funding hub to maximize regional dollars and coordinate initiatives. OCH will seek funding opportunities unique to the role of OCH and will not be in competition with partners for resources.

  • Convening, learning, maximizing: OCH serves as a regional convener, connecting partners and facilitating activities. Convenings provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer connecting, learning, building on successes, maximizing resources, and rallying around a common goal. OCH leads the region in shaping a coherent, disciplined region-wide health agenda.

  • Place-based approaches: Address issues that exist at the neighborhood or community level, such as inadequate housing, social isolation, disconnected and inefficient service efforts, violence, and limited economic opportunities. Activities and projects that show promising results are shared, scaled, and sustained throughout the region

  • Data sharing & transparency: Serve as a regional hub for data and analytics. Collaborate with partners to create shared measures of success. Communicate through effective and efficient data products.

  • Communication: OCH develops and shares regional community campaigns to educate and engage the community and tackle stigma. OCH serves as a hub for storytelling and elevates partner and community voices.

  • Advocacy & civic engagement: Advocate for local needs, promote local initiatives and successes to elected officials, engage the community and local leaders in shaping a region-wide health agenda.

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