What We Do

We ensure that our neighbors get the healthcare they need while working locally to improve the health care system.

The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) is a community-based organization governed by a leadership board that includes concerned citizens and representatives from local health care, public health, business, and governmental organizations.

We are local, nimble, and responsive.

No matter what happens, we will be here to help ensure that heath care is accessible to our community.

Here are some examples of work we are currently doing:

Connect Community Members to Care

WAHA has many tools to connect people to care. We provide free, unbiased, and confidential information and resources to help individuals and families get, keep and use health care coverage. WAHA also helps patients navigate the health care system by providing assistance with finding a provider or accessing community resources. Specific connections include:

WAHA serves as the lead Navigator organization for a five-county region (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish). In this role, we help people search for, compare, and enroll in health plans offered through the Washington HealthPlanFinder.

Improve the Local Health Care System

WAHA works with elected officials and community partners to improve health care quality and patient satisfaction while reducing cost.

In 2014 WAHA convened a Task Force composed of experts and community leaders who were asked what it would take to transform Whatcom County into a center of end-of-life excellence. Focusing on advance care planning, palliative care, clinician training, financial sustainability, and community culture, the Task Force drafted a blueprint to kick-start the vision, moving toward a community-wide system of services designed to be the best in America. Work continues to enact the vision.