The purpose of the MWHN is to network cooperative organizations, agencies, and networks that are working to improve community health. We aim to “network the networks” to better support the work you are already doing. We aim to provide supports and capacity to systems enabling us work more effectively as a region, and where no centralized leadership exists through other organizations or initiatives, we have committed to take a convening role to move forward planning and implementation activities.
Using a "collective impact" framework, we are continuously scanning for opportunities to support, convene and increase capacity to foster impactful initiatives in our region.
ABOUT THE NETWORK
Our Approach to Community Health
“Healthy People, Healthy Communities.”
Our partners in community, social services and health care collaborate to use our collective knowledge to advocate for programs and policy changes that will improve the health status of Mount Waddington area residents, and reduce or eliminate health inequities for all people.
We value inclusion, diversity, fairness, collaboration, contributor's time, personal energy, and transparency.
In gathering, we strive to provide a positive, universally respectful, culturally safe environment.
More on our Mission:
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.
More on our Values:
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.
We embrace the 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.
More on our Guiding Principles - 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 Traditional Territory of the Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples. We strive to find new, better and culturally appropriate ways to collaborate, plan and work together that legitimize traditional knowledge within non-indigenous communities.