What are RHECs?
Regional Health Equity Coalitions (RHECs) are autonomous, community-led, groups. The RHEC model builds on the inherent strengths of local communities to increase capacity and meaningfully partner with communities to identify sustainable, long-term, policy, system and environmental solutions to increase health equity. These efforts focus on issues impacting priority populations including communities of color, Tribal communities including the nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon and other American Indians and Alaska Natives people, immigrants, refugees, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, individuals and families with low income, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ communities, with communities of color as the leading priority.
RHECs are there?
There are four new RHECS for a total of 10 RHECs in Oregon. These 10 RHECs represent 19 counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Oregon Health Authority is working to secure additional resources for another five RHECs in the 2023 – 2025 biennium, which if successful would result in 15 RHECs.