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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.

This policy applies to all current OHA employees, interns and volunteers. It describes the process intended to provide general guidelines and information for employees interested in establishing Employee Resource Groups.


To apply fill out the application here and mail it to:

Attn: Helen Hoang

Oregon Health Authority | Office of Equity and Inclusion
421 SW Oak Street, Suite 750
Portland, Oregon 97204
or by email to Helen.H.Hoang@state.or.us

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For more information, please contact:

Helen Hoang, Diversity Coordinator
OHA Office of Equity and Inclusion