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North Sound Accountable Community of Health (North Sound ACH) exists to create a just and inclusive culture and the necessary conditions for all community members to thrive. The North Sound region is home to more than one million people, urban and rural settings spanning from mountains to islands of the Salish Sea. Our region is also home to eight Tribal nations who have inhabited this land since Time immemorial: Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe, Samish Indian Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Tulalip Tribes and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.

North Sound ACH is fortunate to have individuals, organizations, and leaders working together to transform health and health care systems across the North Sound Region. To support their work, we placed a strong emphasis on equity, wellbeing and community health, while promoting efficiencies and quality in physical, behavioral, and public health systems.

North Sound ACH is a partner with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) in the Medicaid Transformation Project, focused on improving health for people on Medicaid across the state.  Visit the HCA’s website to learn more.

Strategic Direction

North Sound ACH is a nonprofit organization that leads the region’s movement to advance equitable well-being. We provide an independent voice, strategically convene partners around common goals and collective action, and place information into the hands of practitioners and communities. Our organization’s roles include:

Bringing health and well being into current and new conversations. We are looking to collaborate with partners in transportation, education, housing, agriculture, food systems, anti-poverty, criminal justice, social justice and more.

Promoting equity. To serve communities, we have embarked on a tribal and equity learning journey, together with our Board of directors and contracted partner organizations.

Providing policy leadership with a systems perspective. North Sound ACH works for systems level change, in order to enhance the physical, emotional and social conditions where people can thrive.

Shifting the health care paradigm. As our health care systems improve and transform, North Sound ACH’s work will help others take action to move beyond traditional clinical care and into communities where health happens everyday.