October 2018 Newsletter

Fall has brought several new opportunities and updates we’re excited to share!  Read on to learn what’s happening at North Sound ACH.

Call for North Sound ACH Board Member Solicitation

Would you or someone you know be a good fit for our Board?  The North Sound ACH is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the North Sound ACH Board of Directors. We are looking to fill two seats being vacated by board members with expiring terms on December 31, 2018. 

Change Plans Due this Friday!

Partners working on their Change Plans need to turn them in by this Friday 11/2.  Thanks to those who have already turned them in. We appreciate getting a head start on reviewing these.

Exciting Work on Health Equity

We love learning about ways to advance equity!  The North Sound was excited to meet with john a. powell, from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, during the Healthier Washington Learning Symposium on October 24, 2018. 

Community Partners Working to Achieve Oral Health Equity

Partnering for Oral Health: Arcora Foundation and North Sound ACH have agreed to a multi-year partnership to improve oral health outcomes in the North Sound.

A visual summary of the ACH region’s work   

Annual Summary: We put together an online summary taking a look at the work of 2017 and 2018 to get us ready for implementation in the coming year. Take a look back at the work accomplished in the region so far. 

News Updates:

Snohomish County’s treatment of opioid addiction as a natural disaster draws national attention

Featured article by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Cultural Humility


Upcoming Events:

Tribal AIHC conference 

Othering and Belonging Conference

Change Plans Due November 2nd!

Partners who completed Sections 1 and 2 of the application process earlier this are now working on Change Plans. We have had several informational calls, and have posted FAQs here for reference and review. Once the Change Plans are submitted and our team has a chance to review them, we’ll be scheduling follow-up in person meetings with each organization.

Check out our October 2018 Newsletter at this link.

Exciting Work on Health Equity

The North Sound region was excited to meet with john a. powell, from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, during the Healthier Washington Learning Symposium on October 24, 2018. 

North Sound has embedded language about targeted universalism into its Project Plan and Implementation Plan, work that was led by john and his team at the Haas Institute. He is an internationally known expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy. 

The North Sound team and its partners are embarking on a journey to learn and utilize targeted universalism as we implement innovative strategies throughout the region. You can learn more about john at this link.

Check out our October 2018 Newsletter at this link.

Call for North Sound ACH Board Member Solicitation

The North Sound ACH is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The Board is looking to fill two seats being vacated by board members with expiring terms on December 31, 2018. The Board seats are for three-year terms with the possibility of renewing for additional three terms.

In addition, the Board is seeking applicants who are either on Medicaid, or a caregiver for someone on Medicaid to fill the balance of a term (two years remaining) for a seat that is identified for a “consumer” voice. Please note, that a person on Medicaid can also apply for one of the other two open seats.

Specifically, the Board is seeking to diversify its membership (including race, ethnicity, LGBTQI+, persons younger than 45, and others) and is looking for individuals with experience in one or more of the following policy or practice areas:

  • Fund Development
  • Legal
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Transportation

If you are passionate about this region’s work to transform health and are looking for a way to get involved and contribute, please download an application to join the Board.

You can see who is currently on the Board at this link

The Board will be accepting applications until 5:00 PM on November 19.

Community Partners Working to Achieve Oral Health Equity

Author, Glenn Puckett MPA, Director of Health Systems Integration at the Arcora Foundation

Arcora Foundation and North Sound ACH have agreed to a multi-year partnership, to establish a Local Impact Network (LIN) that improves oral health outcomes in the five county, North Sound region. This partnership is the direct result of the demonstrated commitment by North Sound ACH to address whole person health disparities, including oral health.

Arcora Foundation sponsored LINs leverage local expertise and focus on approaches most likely to achieve lasting change. They link community partners who blend resources to improve oral health for those in the community who need it most. By addressing the factors that influence oral health, including disease prevention, access to dental care, and healthy behaviors, the goal is to make measurable progress toward oral health equity in three to five years by creating a sustainable network of local resources.

Arcora Foundation’s three year commitment to North Sound will include grants, technical assistance, advocacy and other resources to help build local support and leverage local resources. This community-led approach ensures solutions reflect local needs and values. 

If you want to help improve oral health in North Sound, email Ross Howell at ross@northsoundach.org to learn about joining the North Sound LIN.

Here’s how Local Impact Networks work:

  1. Arcora Foundation partners with a local organization to coordinate the LIN, including cultivating partners to head each anchor strategy (see list below).
  2. Arcora Foundation provides start-up funding for the lead organization and for each anchor strategy.
  3. The anchor strategy organizations develop creative approaches to reduce barriers and coordinate access to care.
  4. The LIN engages clinical experts, policy advisors, and local funders to spread best practices and develop sustainability plans.

Typical LIN Anchor Strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Care Coordination – Connecting people to dental care that accepts their insurance or provides no- or low-cost dental services.
  • Medical Dental Integration – Providing oral health preventive services in medical settings and connecting patients to local dental providers for routine care.
  • Access to Care – Weaving together access pathways for vulnerable populations, testing new care approaches, including teledentistry, and increasing the number of dentists serving Medicaid patients.
  • Sealants – Increasing the number of children who receive dental sealants at school.
  • Place-Based Approaches – Providing coordinated medical, dental, and behavioral health services in community-based settings.
  • Community Education – Promoting targeted education messages to influence health behaviors and community norms.

Check out our October 2018 Newsletter at this link.

Cultural Humility: A model to learn from

Evidence based practices and models strive toward better health outcomes and efficiencies, but they don’t always allow for the differences among individuals, cultures and beliefs. We came across a great article on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website highlighting an example of how to move from cultural competency to cultural humility and its potential for impact. Check out the article here.

See our October 2018 newsletter at this link.

A Look Back, A Look Forward

We’ve been distracted more than a few times by deliverables and documents, but we finally have a summary that shows what we’ve been up to the last year and a half. You can find it online at this link and we hope to have some print copies by the time of our Board meeting in October. 

Many thanks to the team at Shew Design for helping us get this together. 


Generous Contribution from Amerigroup

The North Sound ACH region is one of two regions where all five of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) have a presence.  

One of those MCOs recently made a $20,000 contribution to a fund we are building, a Community Resilience Fund, intended to support upstream, primarily social and community factors that impact health. Amerigroup’s contribution was the first deposit into that fund and we are grateful for their support. 

In April 2018, the North Sound ACH Board of Directors agreed to contribute 10% of all earnings that the ACH receives into that Community Resilience Fund. In early 2019, the Board will begin developing a strategic plan for how those funds will be distributed in the region.* We are hoping that other organizations will be interested in making contributions such as Amerigroup did. 

*Reminder, all standing meetings of the Board are open o the public, either in person or by phone. Check our calendar to see about upcoming meetings.

Positions Posted for North Sound ACH!

The North Sound ACH is adding team members, and we’d appreciate your help in spreading the word. You can find our job postings at this link

We currently have three positions open, and we are trying to reach diverse applicants who can add perspective and experience to our team. We are currently recruiting for a couple of project managers (with one specifically focused on care coordination and use of Community Heath Workers),  and a team member who can multi-task with billing/finance and general administrative support. 

If you know of someone who might be a fit for the ACH team, please forward this link and suggest they reach out. It is a fast-paced environment with a team committed to continuous learning, equity and transforming how care and services are delivered to people in the North Sound region. 


Two New Board Members Join North Sound!

The North Sound ACH acknowledges, with humility, that the land of the North Sound ACH region today, is the territory of the People of the Salish Sea. We are enriched by having each of the eight tribes consider appointing a tribal member to serve on the North Sound ACH Board of Directors.

We recently had two new appointments to the Board:

  • Lori Hartelius, appointed by the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
  • Debra Jones, appointed by Samish Indian Nation 

You can see the full list of North Sound ACH Board members here.