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Employee Resource Groups


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can be traced by to the 1970s when many women and African Americans began to be hired into management positions.


Employee Resource Groups are voluntary, employee driven groups that are organized around shared interests and backgrounds (i.e. LGBTQ, African American, Veterans, etc.) to provide support, networking and professional opportunities as it relates to the operational needs of the Oregon Health Authority. This includes employees from traditionally underrepresented groups and allies who support them.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) envisions that ERGs will be organized around the protected classes set forth in non-discrimination laws such as race, disability, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. However, OHA may consider approving an ERG that is organized around other historical barriers to an equitable and inclusive work enviroment.

OHA Policy Statement

It is the policy of OHA to provide a work environment free from discrimination or harassment based on religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other factor applicable by state or federal laws. OHA recognizes a responsibility and a strategic opportunity to proactively support workforce diversity in addition to complying with legal standards.

OHA commits to supporting the growth and development of diversity through fostering the development of Employee Resource Groups. Employee Resource Groups will promote diversity and inclusion within OHA that will foster and strengthen workplace effectiveness and leadership abilities, enhance professional development and promote career growth and success within OHA.

List of Employee Resource Groups

Healthy Families ERG

The mission of this group is to support employees in achieving and maintaing both a healthy family and a productive and meaningful career in public service.

For details, contact Emily York at emily.a.york@state.or.us


ERG for OHA Black Employees

The Oregon Health Authority Black Resource Group is an affinity group that will advance the goals of the state of Oregon. The resource group is dedicated to the interests of employees at the Oregon Health Authority who self-identify as Black, African, African-American, and West Indian or of African Descent. Anyone who agrees with the goals, mission, and purpose of the group can participate.

For details, contact Ty Schwoeffermann at ty.r.schwoeffermann@state.or.us 


Uniting Protected Classess for Environmental Justice Solutions

Environmental Justice Solutions Team's mission is to provide professional development opportunities by uniting protected class employees and addressing programmatic challenges regarding health equity and enviromental justice issues.

For details, contact Sharon Watkins at sharon.d.watkins@state.or.us

For more information, please contact:

Helen Hoang, Diversity Coordinator
OHA Office of Equity and Inclusion