Here's a secret about everyone who works at SWACH. We are fierce believers that health care is a right. We just can't see it any other way. We also believe that a lot of people who are experiencing poor health, unemployment, drug addiction, etc. deserve everything we can do to help them get to the place we all want to be - safe, healthy and productive. Which means there is a lot more to equitable health than just medical care. So in addition to Medicaid Transformation we'll be working to organize and support whole-ecosystem efforts. We will lobby for policies that promote equitable health. We will meet with anyone who wants to talk about building resiliency and health equity in Southwest Washington.
These are just a few examples of who we work with. Just getting these people in the same room talking about our problems is a lot of what we do. what we've learned is that there is no shortage of expertise, no lack of will. Time and money? That's another story. There never seems to be enough. So when wasteful spending or missed opportunities come to light... we can tell you the whole room goes silent with frustration.
We're here to bring people, ideas and resources together. Our community partners can't devote enough time to manage these large scale projects, we can. We go out in the community and listen to as many people as possible, then combine that knowledge into insights and ideas everyone can see.
Which means certain Medicaid funds flow through us into the Medicaid Transformation projects you can read about here.
When we met the HLC it was a case of exact-mission-alignment at first sight. Working together gives us a headstart on aspects of community coordination and conserves resources. To learn more we encourage you to visit the Healthy Living Collaborative site.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local leaders in the community and sectors of health throughout our counties. The Board works with our internal team to identify the most effective way to meet our region's greatest areas of need in the most financially effective way possible. Our goal, and that of all ACHs, is to achieve the highest attainable level of health and well-being for all members of our communities.
SWACH is headquarters for improving community resiliency and health in Southwest Washington. Leaders in innovative community engagement, we advance health as a consideration for all policy decisions, and convene a wide range of voices to discuss difficult issues. We are the Accountable Community of Health (ACH) for Southwest Washington, and implement the Medicaid Transformation projects in our region.