All people, communities and cultures co-creating and enjoying a healthy Oregon.
To engage and align diverse community voices and the Oregon Health Authority to assure the elimination of avoidable health gaps and promote optimal health in Oregon.
By 2016, the Office of Equity and Inclusions will connect people, policy and programs to make substantial and measurable progress toward the achievement of our vision and mission.
Annual Performance Measures OEI strategic Plan 2009 - 2010 Annual Report 2010 - 2011 Annual Report
OEI Organizational Chart
Who We Are
The Office of Equity and Inclusion serves as a leader and catalyst in helping the Oregon Health Authority to promote equitable health and human services for communities of color, Indian tribal governments, and other multicultural groups.
Why We're Here
The office works with state and local government and community partners to improve health and human services programs and policies for underrepresented populations in Oregon through culturally specific and culturally competent approaches.
OEI also supports affirmative action, cultural competency and diversity initiatives that create and sustain welcoming environments that are inclusive and respectful of staff, customers and partners
The Difference We're Making
- The Oregon Health Authority programs look to the Office of Equity and Inclusion for resources, training, assessments, and technical assistance.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion links with county health departments, community-based coalitions and other organizations as partners and to provide technical assistance.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion provides information and collaborative opportunities between State Agency programs and community organizations, service providers, and policy makers. Some resources include our monthly newsletter, Pursuing Equity and the statewide Diversity Events Calendar.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion has assembled the Health Equity Review Committee to evaluate all recommended policy improvements throughout the policy making process to assure they promote the elimination of inequalities and promote health equity.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion convenes a regional network of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.
- The Office of Equity and Inclusion conducts fact finding and provides technical assistance regarding the OHA Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure.
Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
- The Oregon Health Interpreter Council was created in Oregon statute 409.515-625 to assist the Department to establish standards relating to health care interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency. The Council will develop education and qualification standards, as well as explore certification and testing of these individuals.
- The Migrant Health Coordinator is dedicated to improving the health status of Farmworkers and their families by providing support and assistance in the development of new Migrant Health Centers in the State of Oregon. The Migrant Health Coordinator is further committed to helping to reduce access barriers for this highly productive but most vulnerable of communities.
- The OEI Mini-Grant Program is made possible by funding from the DHHS Office of Minority Health (see Grant Information). We provide Oregon 501(c)(3) community organizations with mini-grants to strengthen existing or develop new local health outreach projects that will improve health outcomes among Oregon's diverse, racial and ethnic populations.