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KCACH Project Portfolio application, submitted to the Health Care Authority 11/15/17.

Learn more about Dr. McLaughlin from the Public Health Insider blog.

The ACH Governing Board welcomes Susan McLaughlin, PhD as its first Executive Director. Susan will provide leadership, overall strategy, operations and work to build collaboration across multiple partners working for better health in the King County region.

A central focus is bringing together partners to implement the Medicaid Transformation Project Demonstration in our county. This is a strategic opportunity to attract significant federal investment to our region to improve health outcomes and address the social and economic factors that impact health.

Learn more about Dr. McLaughlin from the Public Health Insider blog.

Thank you to all the Interim Leadership Council members who have worked over the past year to establish the structure for the King County ACH. The King County ACH is now a non-profit Limited Liability Company (LLC) of The Seattle Foundation. The current King County ACH backbone staff will continue to provide support during this transition phase. This King County ACH website will continue to be the hub for information in the near term.

The King County ACH’s Performance Measurement Work Group (PMWG) has developed a new ACH relevant data resources page to add to the existing King County ACH Resources and tools webpage.

You can now identify data resources by geography (King County vs Washington state) and population (e.g. Overall population, Medicaid only, etc.), and also check to see if data interpretation is available for a given resource.

The following links are available:

  • State resources such as the Healthier Washington Data Dashboard, Community Checkup, WA Tracking Network
  • Local resources such as Communities County
  • New Tableau-powered pages the PMWG developed for the Regional Health Needs Inventory (RHNI) such as population health profiles by ACH region (this will grow as more data are released by the state for the RHNI).

The King County ACH is scheduling a first round of informational meetings for each project area. The purpose of these meetings is to share information, discuss the parameters for the project area, assess potential opportunities and challenges for King County in engaging in this project area, and identify potential project implementing partners.

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The King County Accountable Community of Health (ACH) is gaining some national attention as a leader in improving health systems and the health of our communities. This week, the King County ACH was selected by ReThink Health to participate in a national cohort all working towards similar goals. The cohort is designed to forge partnerships among the various health transformation efforts so that they may better synthesize evidence and share knowledge in their pursuit of better population health and healthcare, lower costs, and greater health equity.

Read more of this post by Sharon Bogan

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This project is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.