NALHE Pacific Northwest Chapter
“Advancing Community Health through Diverse Leadership!”
Whether you are a world explorer looking for astonishing landscapes or an international business professional wishing to participate in our booming economy, the Pacific Northwest has abundant opportunities to offer you.
The Pacific Northwest (sometimes Cascadia, or simply abbreviated as PNW) is a geographic region in western North America bounded by its coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west and, loosely, by the Rocky Mountains to the east. Though no official boundary exists, the most common conception includes the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and the Canadian province of British Columbia.
The region’s largest metropolitan areas are Greater Seattle, Washington, with 4 million people; Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, with 2.64 million people; and Greater Portland, Oregon, with 2.5 million people. Lying along the Pacific Ocean, the states of Washington and Oregon possess, on top of stunning vistas, privileged access to global markets. 13 million people live in the Pacific Northwest, making for dynamic and eclectic communities.
Just as the Pacific Northwest’s geography and population, the Pacific Northwest’s economy is diversified, ranging from forestry and agriculture to state-of-the-art manufacturing and innovative information technology (IT). This region accounts for more than $250 billion in annual economic output and if ranked as a nation-state would be the 10th largest economy in the world.
There is great opportunity for healthcare innovation, system transformation and scaling of rural healthcare initiatives.