Thank you for participating in the Have a Voice: Shape the Future of Health Care in Whatcom County forum held on Friday June 24th. The Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA) is committed to fostering community participation in developing sound health care policies. This forum was the first step in building the relationships necessary to ensure that people outside the health care system are involved in helping design a system that is truly accountable to our entire community.

Thank you for sharing your voice.
Your voice was shared with over 200 concerned citizens who participated in the June forum. Great ideas were generated from a wide range of perspectives including: education, emergency services, parent groups, community-based organizations, health care administrators and professionals, elected officials and many more. The slides from the speakers, the notes from the discussion groups, and the summary slides can all be found here.

For those who were unable to complete the forum evaluation at the end of the day, you can still do so electronically by clicking on the link and completing the online survey.

Stay involved!
Health care is changing across the nation, and it is changing right here in our community as well. There are many different ways you can continue your participation in this change.

Start up your own discussion: Follow-up on the connections you made at the forum with other community members who share your concern or passion about a specific topic or issue. We encourage you to continue these conversations on an ongoing basis to share your knowledge and experience.

Join WAHA’s Project, Transforming Health Care in Whatcom County: The purpose of this project is to reshape the future of health care in Whatcom County. The project is in need of a greater voice from patients, families and people working outside or alongside the healthcare system. WAHA continues to seek volunteers for the Community Organizing Group for Health. If you are interested, or would like to learn more, please contact us.

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