Compass Health’s Health Equity Committee drafted a land acknowledgment statement with approval of the Compass Health Leadership Team.

The draft statement was shared with Tribal leadership in the region to request feedback. We did not receive feedback via this process, which taught us that Compass Health has work to do to establish the type of relationships that foster trust and communication. Compass Health then reached out to specific points of contact with the Tribes and received feedback from individuals with Lummi Nation and Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe. We also received feedback from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health Tribal & Community Liaison who is a direct descendant of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

We revised our statement based on the feedback we received and this statement was presented to the Compass Health Leadership Team and Board of Directors. The Board of Directors approved the statement for use at their May 2022 meeting.