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The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) Electronic Newsletter is a free electronic publication. The information included are selected from unsolicited information received by the OEI, Oregon Health Authority, and does not constitute endorsementOur newsletter is designed to update members on various multicultural health issues affecting communities. This newsletter is the product of many contributions from members of this electronic mailing list. 

Please email your news, announcements, current events, and funding opportunities regarding multicultural health issues. To send information to be considered for inclusion in the newsletter, please email your information to rebecca.a.naga@state.or.us. All information is carefully considered but not guaranteed to be published.

  
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DHS Establishes the Office of Equity and Multicultural Services (OEMS)
Established in 2011, the Office of Equity and Multicultural Services (OEMS) is charged with providing leadership and direction supporting equity, diversity and inclusion for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). Strategically, OEMS is currently organized around three major areas: 1) Service Equity 2) Civil Rights, Affirmative Action, and Equal Opportunity; and 3) Workforce Diversity Development.

Dr. Bruce Goldberg Commits to Ensuring Program Compliance with Civil Rights Laws
The Oregon Health Authority is committeed to ensuring that its programs and activities comply with civil rights laws.

Oregon's Action Plan for health lays out the plan for better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians. Improving health equity is a foundation of this plan. It calls for reducing barriers — including racial and cultural barriers — to health care. A key step calls on the state to recruit and retain a workforce that is racially and ethnically diverse and culturally competent. Another step calls for using community health workers as members of the primary care team. Doing more to collect and analyze data with health systems, community groups, and consumers will help in better understanding quality and health outcomes.

Colors of Influence
Q & A with Tricia Tillman, Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion. "My role is to ensure that the Department of Human Services has a strong and strategic focus on bringing more diversity to the department by recruiting, hiring and promoting employees of color.

Major Recommendations by the Health Equity Policy Review Committee for the Health Care Workforce Committee

Licensed health care providers of color are in high demand and the Health Care Workforce Committee is uniquely posied to ensure that the state or Oregon can compete for a diverse and qualified workforce.


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