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OHA grants support State Health Improvement Plan development

Seven community-based agencies to help inform state health priorities

January 2, 2019

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division awarded a total of $49,000 to seven community-based agencies to help inform the priorities for the next State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).

Funded agencies are using the $7,000 "mini-grants" to host community events and listening sessions, and disseminate surveys to get feedback from communities most affected by health disparities. Communities will be asked to prioritize health concerns among their populations, which will be used to determine the priorities for the 2020-2024 SHIP. Funded agencies and communities they serve include:

  • Q Center—Serves persons who identify as LGBTQIA+ living in the Portland metro area.
  • Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living—Serves the disability community in 13 rural and frontier counties of Eastern Oregon.
  • Micronesian Islander Community (of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)—Serves the Micronesian and Pacific Islander community, including Compact of Free Association (COFA) citizens, throughout the Willamette Valley. 
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)—Serves all federally recognized tribes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, including the nine tribes located in Oregon.
  • Self Enhancement Inc.—Provides education, advocacy, and wraparound support services for the African American/black community and other underserved youth and families across the Portland metropolitan area.
  • Next Door—Serves Latinx and Native American communities throughout the Columbia River Gorge area via Nuestra Comunidad Sana (Our Healthy Community).
  • Unite Oregon—Serving people of color, immigrants and refugees, and LGBTQ-identified people in Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Public Health Division is collecting community feedback through end of January to help determine the next priorities for the SHIP. To provide comment, an online survey is available in English or Spanish. Comments also can be submitted to The PartnerSHIP, the steering committee responsible for developing the next SHIP, will review this feedback in February before determining the final priorities.

More information about the SHIP is at Sign up for the SHIP email list to receive updates and information about future opportunities to engage in the development of this plan.

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Jonathan Modie

OHA Public Health Division


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