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CHOICE council meetings become “the Learning Exchange for Thriving Communities”

Recognizing the incredible power of collaboration and the transformative potential of shared learning, we’re excited to announce the evolution of our regular council meetings into the new and improved “Learning Exchange for Thriving Communities."

New purpose and direction

We understand that addressing the complex challenges facing our communities requires a shared commitment to continuous learning. Our decision to transition to the Learning Exchange was driven by feedback we have received and the need for an intentional space for us to all come together to leverage the wisdom, expertise, and resources of our diverse region.

Through themed meetings centered around the Vital Conditions of Health organizing framework, the Learning Exchange will offer opportunities for meaningful engagement, inspiring guest speakers, interactive discussions, and actionable takeaways to help us in our shared mission of improving health and well-being.

We believe that this new chapter in regional collaboration represents a significant step forward in our collective efforts to build healthier, thriving communities for all. Whether you’re an organizational leader, community member, health professional, policymaker, or passionate advocate for change, we welcome you to join us.


2024 meeting schedule

  • Thursday, March 14, 1-3 p.m. (virtual)

  • Thursday, June 13, 1-3 p.m. (virtual and in-person, location TBD)

  • Thursday, September 12, 1-3 p.m. (virtual and in-person, location TBD)

  • Thursday, December 12, 1-3 p.m. (virtual and in-person, location TBD)


March 14 agenda

Theme: belonging and civic muscle

Together, belonging and civic muscle form the foundation for resilient, thriving communities, where individuals are connected, empowered, and actively engaged in shaping their collective future. March’s meeting is focused on the many ways people are connected with others, how people understand their community’s needs, and how we can all work to improve health and well-being.

CHOICE updates

Emergency health and wellness fund recap

This $200,000 initiative successfully funded 18 diverse projects, addressing urgent needs from safety enhancements and essential services like nutrition and transportation. We'll share a brief overview of these projects and the lessons learned, underscoring our commitment to health equity and the impactful use of resources in addressing critical community challenges.

Health equity cohort initiative

Join us in shaping the future of regional health and well-being in central western Washington through the Health Equity Learning Cohort! We're inviting up to ten organizations to join this seven-month shared learning experience with $35,000 funding support per cohort member. The cohort is designed to inspire collaboration, increase cross-cultural awareness, and create a shared vision for regional health and well-being. Please join us to learn more about this opportunity and how your organization can contribute and benefit from this innovative project.

Community health needs assessments

Over the past few years, many organizations have updated their Community Health Assessments (also known as Community Health Needs Assessments). At the March meeting, we'll take a deeper dive into what some community partners have been working on, and together, review a synthesis of these published plans in the region. Please join us to discuss key assessment elements and information, and what else we may want to know at the local and regional levels.


Request accommodations

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all people, including people with disabilities, to fully engage and participate. If you have a disability or require special accommodations or assistance, please email us at and we'll reach out to you. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least five business days prior to the scheduled event, meeting, or webinar.

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