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Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA)

OHEA (formerly known as the HOPE Coalition) is located in the tri-county metropolitan region surrounding Portland and Marion County and has largest population and most racial and ethnic diversity within the state. OHEA is a regional partnership of community based organizations, health advocates and policy makers  and is comprised of African Americans, Africans, Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Immigrants and Refugees and other socially and culturally diverse populations. By bringing together community voice and experience around the most pressing health equity issues in the region, this partnership is a unique vehicle for driving regional change and making true advances toward health equity.

OHEA is governed by a 7 member steering committee, a diverse group of organizations who specifically work on health equity advocacy statewide and engage with over 14,000 constituents facing health inequities in the 4 county region.  The steering committee meets twice monthly.  Current members include:

  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
  • Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO)
  • Oregon Latino Health Coalition (OLHC)
  • Native American Youth Association Family Center (NAYA)
  • Tobacco-free Coalition of Oregon (TOFCO)
  • Upstream Public Health (Upstream)
  • Urban League of Portland (ULPDX)
  • The Alliance of Culturally Specific Mental and Behavioral Health Organizations
  • Oregon Action

Through extensive research and literature review, conducting 22 one-on-one stakeholder interviews, and holding four community forums, the HOPE Coalition developed their five year plan, which focused on the following priorities for advancing health equity in their region:

  • Cultural Competency and Workforce Diversity (CCWD)
    • ​Support and Expand Non‐Traditional Workforce
    • Finance Community Health Worker Services
    • Cultural Competency for Health Professionals
  • ​Improved Data Collection and Analysis (IDCA)
    • ​Expand Data Collection
    • Data Collection Training
    • Expand Over‐Sampling
  • ​Chronic Disease and other Illness Factors (CDIF)
    • ​Limit Youth Access to Tobacco
    • Promote Healthy Food Financing initiatives
    • Reduce Obesity for Children and Families
  • ​Access to Health Care (AHC)
    • ​Legislative sponsorship on basic health coverage as a human right
    • Expand Health Coverage for All
    • Expand Workforce Diversity
  • ​Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Addictions (MHSAA)
    • ​Standardize County Assessment and Screening Systems
    • Increase Investment in Community Mental Health and Social Needs programs
    • Workforce Development

​​For more information, please contact:

Nancy Weed, OHEA Coordinator - nancy@oregonhealthequity.org, ph: 971-340-4838