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  • Commission on Hispanic Affairs
    Commissioner Dr. Gallegos testifying on Ethinic Studies Bill in 2017
    The Commission on Hispanic Affairs was created by the 1983 Legislative Assembly to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Hispanics in Oregon. The Commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics in Oregon are met. The Commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities, and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions.
Commission on Hispanic Affairs Announcements
Welcome Note
Welcome to the official website of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

The Commission has served Oregon Latinos since 1983 working towards economic, social, political and legal equality. This generation of Latinos faces some challenging times and issues that make the Commissions work important to the community and to the State of Oregon. Your participation is equally important. While much remains to be done, the Commission is steadfast in its commitment to its mission to work toward economic, social and legal equality for Oregon's Hispanic population.


The Oregon Advocacy Commissions welcome donations to promote their missions of advocacy at the policy level. Each Commission works on leadership development, advocacy and growing success for their communities in 6 key areas. These include Employment, Education, Civic Engagement, Health Access, Justice and Stable Families.

The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office will remain open for business through telework during the COVID-19 pandemic​, and can be reached by phone and email. Our physical office is closed. Stay home. Save lives.

*** Hola miembros de la comunidad: aquí está la página web Covid-19 Recursos en español​ y lenguas indigenas​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​***​

OCHA Vice Chair Dr. Daniel López-Cevallos will be a guest on the Oregon Law Center's show, Haga Valer Sus Derechos on Radio Poder, and will speak about health disparities arising from Covid-19 in the Latinx and indigenous communities of Oregon, and sharing resources.​ The show is at 10am on 4/29.

Watch: Covid-19 video en español​​

OCHA discussion on Covid-19 over-representation among Hispanic and Indigenous communities in Oregon​, April 2020

Read: OHA changes Covid-19 testing guidelines to put underserved populations and all frontline workers first, and will allow testing for people without symptoms.

Here are the new guidelines for Covid-19 testing​ as of 4/21/20


PRESS RELEASE: Multnomah County District Attorney's office prosecutes Hate Crime against Latina February 2020
in Spanish    in English 

Strengthening the Mental Health System for Oregon's Latino Community presentation​ for 2019 Interim Senate Mental Health Committee 

Barriers to Mental Health for Latinos in Oregon public policy research internships reports:

Barriers to Mental Health for Latinos in Oregon
- Diana St. Amour: Slide deck and Report

Mental Health Service Disparities for Latino Oregonians
- Kimberly Voelker: Slide deck and Report​

Mental Health Service Disparities in the Latino Population: An Exploration of Consequences, Promising Practices, and Opportunities for Improved Access in Oregon - Erin Hernandez: Slide deck and Report 

Barriers to Latino Mental Health - Rebecca Honda: Slide deck

OCHA's 2015-17 Biennial Report Executive Summary

Read the Oregon Advocacy Commissions' joint statement in support of DACA

Read OCHA's statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)​


OCHA 2015-17 Biennial Report to the Legislature and the Governor

Oregon Community Foundation just released the Latinos in Oregon Report 2016

Read the
Oregon Advocacy Commissions' 2016 Legislative Summary