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The North Sound Accountable Community of Health (North Sound ACH)  is committed to improving health of the people who live in Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. 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 home to eight Tribal nations who inhabited this land since time immemorial: Lummi, Nooksack, Upper Skagit, Samish, Swinomish, Stillaguamish, Tulalip and Sauk-Suiattle.

The North Sound ACH includes individuals, organizations, and stakeholders working together to transform health and health care system across the North Sound Region. To accomplish this, we placed a strong emphasis on prevention, health promotion and community health, while promoting efficiencies and quality in physical, behavioral, and public health systems.

The North Sound ACH is a critical partner with the Health Care Authority (HCA) in the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration 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 and its partners lead the region’s movement for lasting ways to promote health and equity. We are a nonprofit organization that leads the region’s movement for a sustainable and equitable health agenda. We provide an independent voice for prevention, strategically convene partners around common goals and collective action, and place information into the hands of policymakers, practitioners and communities where it can do the most good. Our organization’s roles include:

Bringing health and well being into new conversations. We bring health into new conversations, thriving in cross-discipline collaborations with partners in transportation, education, housing, agriculture, food systems, anti-poverty, criminal justice, social justice and more.

Promoting health equity. To serve our changing communities, we require our partners to join us in learning strategies to address health disparities and promote health equity, extending our reach through urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Providing policy leadership with a systems perspective. North Sound ACH will work for systems change based on our commitment to prevention by creating the physical, social and political conditions where people thrive.

Shifting the health care paradigm. As our health care system transforms, North Sound ACH’s work will help shift the paradigm, rethinking what it means to deliver care and promote health, and rethinking what it means to move beyond the clinical care and into the communities where health happens everyday.