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.


  1.  Inclusion: We are open to anyone that wants to be involved and recognize, encourage and value each other’s contributions.
  2.  Learning: we share knowledge, listen to each other, explore new ideas and apply information in ways that generate new understanding and solutions.
  3. Compassion and Respect: We have compassion for all people with whom we interact and are mindful and respectful of differing opinions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sustainability: We are accountable with the resources entrusted to us, strive for cost-effectiveness and efficiencies and aim towards sustainability of solutions and initiatives.
  7. Innovation: We want to constantly find better and more efficient ways to serve our communities.

Guiding Principles

In all that we do, we:

  1.  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.
  2. Focus on the social determinants of health and address policies that impact health inequities.
  3. Believe that health is a shared responsibility and that collaboration leads to innovation.
  4. Are solution oriented & committed to building on community assets, strengths, efficiencies, social capital and reduce duplication.
  5. Utilize approaches that build knowledge, health literacy, capacity and citizenship.
  6. Acknowledge that local realities, population demographics, socio-economics and health indicators can vary significantly (remote, rural, and urban).
  7. 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.

Want to know more?

Check out our network information and governance documents for more information!

ACHN Info and Governance

Our Story

ACHN Operations Guide

ACHN Decision Making Framework