NOTE: This blog post features the Background from OCH's newest report, "Strengthening the health-serving workforce". This report is directly informed by the work of OCH’s partners in behavioral health, primary care, hospitals, dental health, public health, community-based, and Tribal settings. As such, there is room for everyone in this important work. OCH aims to support a strong and healthy workforce, which ultimately produces a ripple effect that positively impacts individual and population health.
The health-serving workforce includes anyone working to improve the health of the community. Health systems are most effective when supported by a thriving workforce.
Partnerships among a variety of groups and communities are a key component to fostering a healthier, more equitable three-county region.
The Olympic region spans Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties, and includes the seven sovereign nations of the Hoh, Jamestown S’Klallam, Lower Elwha Klallam, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Quileute, and Suquamish Tribes. The unique communities and diverse geographic landscapes across the region all impact the services available and the way individuals and families seek care. Below is a bird’s eye view of the makeup of the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas and some key notes to help understand what makes the Olympic region.
Below is a brief overview of key factors that impact the way the region' population accesses services and contributes to the health-serving workforce.
Want to learn more? Read the rest of the report!