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Health Equity Committee (HEC)

About the Health Equity Committee

The Health Equity Committee (HEC) was established by the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) in 2017. 

The purpose of the Health Equity Committee  is to coordinate and develop policy that proactively promotes the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity for all people in Oregon. Achieving health equity is a priority for the OHPB, the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor. 

In addition, the Oregon Health Authority has adopted health equity as one of its core values and committed to its strategic goal of eliminating health inequities by the year 2030. 

OHA and OHPB Health Equity Definition

Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full health potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances.

Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address:

  • The equitable distribution or redistribution of resources and power; and
  • Recognizing, reconciling and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.

View Presentation to OHPB on Definition

Are you interested in joining the Health Equity Committee?

Recruitment for the Health Equity Committee is currently closed. 
Recruitment will reopen in Spring 2024

If you are interested on serving in the Health Equity Committee, more information about  the HEC recruitment process is available below. If you have any questions please email the Health Equity Committee at
Recruitment Introduction Letter

Carta de Invitacion a Servir en el Comite de Equidad en Salud

Membership Application

Solicitud de Postulación al Comité de Equidad en Salud

HEC Public Meetings

The HEC meets on the second Thursday of every month.

Please contact Health Equity Committee staff at the Equity & Inclusion Division at (971) 227-3944 or email if you need accomodations to attend or participate in the meeting. We also accept all relay calls or you can dial 711 for assistance. 

Public Comment Information

If you are a member of the public interested in providing public comment please email  your request to  HEC staff at or send a Teams message during the meeting. Please note that the HEC welcomes public comment. We have allocated time after each agenda item for the public to participate. Comments are limited to 2 minutes per-person and are subject to time availability.

Written public comments may also be submitted by e-mail to   Comments should be limited to 1,000 words and be submitted 24 hours in advance of the meeting in order to ensure timely distribution to committee members. 

Any materials provided to Committee members become public documents.

Public Meeting Video Recordings

HEC Meeting: January 12, 2024

HEC Meeting: 
December 18, 2023

HEC Meeting: November 14, 2023

HEC Meeting: October 12, 2023


HEC Meeting: September 14, 2023


HEC Meeting: July 13, 2023


HEC Meeting: May 11, 2023

HEC Meeting: April 11, 2023


HEC Meeting: March 9, 2023


HEC Meeting: February 9, 2023

HEC Meeting: January 12, 2023

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Recent Meetings

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Contact Us


Contact Health Equity Committee Staff

(971) 227-3944


TTY 711

Meeting Location

421 SW Oak St., Portland, OR 97204

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2023 HEC Recruitment Intro Letter
2023 SPA Carta de invitacion a servir en el comite de equidad en salud
2023 SPA Solicitud de Membresia el Comite de Equidad en Salud de OHPB_OHA
Health Equity Committee Membership 2023
Health Equity Definition, Presentation to OHPB (October 2019)
HEC Charter (Approved April 2023)
HEC Strategic Priorities 4-Pager - 2023
OHPB Committee Membership Diversity Report and Recommendations
Prospective HEC Member Interest Form