How We Work
To speak with a collective voice on regional and local health issues by facilitating dialogue and understanding amongst citizens and stakeholders. The Network is a community driven mechanism that helps to build partnerships and capacity; share concerns, ideas and resources and create innovative solutions that impact the social determinants of health and work towards sustainable healthy communities.
- Inclusion: We are open to anyone that wants to be involved and recognize, encourage and value each other’s contributions.
- Learning: we share knowledge, listen to each other, explore new ideas and apply information in ways that generate new understanding and solutions.
- Compassion and Respect: We have compassion for all people with whom we interact and are mindful and respectful of differing opinions.
- Hishuk ish tswalk: We embrace the Nuu-Chah-Nulth world view that everything is one and all is interconnected and health is holistic in nature.
- Connection, Collaboration and Sharing: We cultivate relationships, connect people to each other, promote a culture of participation and sharing of resources in order to better serve our communities and advance the common good. Together we are better.
- Sustainability: We are accountable with the resources entrusted to us, strive for cost-effectiveness and efficiencies and aim towards sustainability of solutions and initiatives.
- Innovation: We want to constantly find better and more efficient ways to serve our communities.
In all that we do, we:
- Employ a population health approach that focuses on improving the health and well-being of the entire population of the region and across the lifespan.
- Focus on the social determinants of health and address policies that impact health inequities.
- Believe that health is a shared responsibility and that collaboration leads to innovation.
- Are solution oriented & committed to building on community assets, strengths, efficiencies, social capital and reduce duplication.
- Utilize approaches that build knowledge, health literacy, capacity and citizenship.
- Acknowledge that local realities, population demographics, socio-economics and health indicators can vary significantly (remote, rural, and urban).
- Recognize that the Health Network exists within the ha’houlthee (chiefly territories) of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. We strive to find new, better and culturally appropriate ways to collaborate, plan and work together that legitimize traditional knowledge.