The Health Care Authority’s Medicaid Transformation project is in full swing, and it’s time for the Board of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health to plan for next steps in our mission to better the health of the people of Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, Samish Indian Nation, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Tulalip Tribes, Upper Skagit Tribe; the communities of Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.
My unique position on the Board of Directors is focused on lifting up the voices of the people who will be impacted by our decision, with special attention given to communities most impacted by systems of oppression. Referencing Rev. Dr. Barber, I don’t want people to speak for the people, but to let the people speak for themselves! I feel comfortable saying that the dominant culture of this region (and beyond) is for community input in important decision-making to be inauthentic and tokenizing; while I can’t guarantee I will be successful in accomplishing something different, I will strive to with all that I have.
I welcome all who would like to collaborate in this effort. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.