Updated: Nov 26, 2019
November is often a month of reflection and transition as evenings grow long, trees become bare, and schedules quickly fill up. In the midst of the hectic nature of this time of year, we invite you to pause with us for a moment as we reflect on what we are grateful for this Fall.
Olympic Community of Health is made up of incredible partners who go above and beyond to prioritize health in the Olympic region. From leading discussions at events, to engaging in various work groups and committees, to initiating collaborative action on top of current commitments, the level of dedication is greatly appreciated and inspiring.
The Beautiful Backdrop of the Olympic Region
We are so thankful to live, learn, work, and play in such a scenic three-county region. There is an adventure, an overlook, and a place of retreat around every corner. Having Olympic National Park in our backyard allows for ongoing curiosity, exploration, and learning about this land's history and ways we can better take care of it and the people who call it home.
A State that Prioritizes Innovation and Health
We recognize and appreciate the energy and support within Washington State that encourages change on a local level. We are grateful for the time and resources provided to explore collaborative approaches to population health.
The Changes Taking Place
Last, but certainly not least, we are grateful for the tangible impacts occurring in local communities. This vision of a healthier, more equitable three-county region is starting to come to life. The following impacts are just a few examples of the many inspiring changes happening within the Olympic region:
Expansion of three new dental clinics across all Natural Communities of Care
Collaborative problem solving to keep innovative programs moving forward as we transition to Integrated Managed Care
The broadening of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment system from an abstinence-only model to a more comprehensive approach, which has positioned the region as a leader in OUD treatment in the state.
And so much more!
We appreciate all the hard work that goes into collaboratively prioritizing regional health. The work is challenging and change is gradual, but the efforts, impacts, and partnerships do not go unnoticed.