Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH), which includes the Healthy Living Collaborative, is a local nonprofit working to improve health in Southwest Washington. We bring together community members and other experts to address our region’s major health challenges. Through innovative partnerships and local resources, we’re working to create lasting changes and a healthier future – for everyone.
The SWACH region is made up of Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties. With our partner ACH, Cascade Pacific Action Alliance, we also support the counties of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum.
SWACH is one of nine organizations leading the state’s Healthier Washington Initiative in their regions. These Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) are building a healthier Washington that meets their communities’ unique needs. Learn more at the Washington Health Authority Website.
The healthcare system often treats different types of health services like they’re unrelated. For example, mental and physical health. However, good health is about the whole person – from head to toe. SWACH helps healthcare providers work together as one team to improve their patients’ whole health.
Washingtonians often face barriers to health. Many experience discrimination or lack access to food, housing and other essentials. SWACH helps healthcare providers and community members connect with other types of support in our communities. Because good health almost always starts outside of the doctor’s office.
Nobody knows Southwest Washington’s needs better than the people who live here. And when we work together, we can solve our most significant challenges. SWACH brings together people from all sorts of backgrounds to create lasting solutions that make this a healthier place – for everyone.
A more coordinated approach to healthcare and non-medical support leads to a healthier community. It also lowers costs. The nationally recognized Community HUB model is an innovative solution that helps connect community members to the medical care, social services and other support they need to be healthy.