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Developing Equity Leadership through Training and Action (DELTA)


DELTA (Developing Equity Leadership through Training & Action) is a health equity and inclusion leadership program that includes training, capacity building, and networking to health, community, and policy leaders in Oregon. Starting in 2013, this nine-month program trains 25 members committed to advancing health equity and diversity throughout Oregon. DELTA provides 40 hours of classroom training, hours of individualized technical/coaching assistance and facilitates opportunities for cross-sector partnership. Each participant submits a project proposal that drives and institutionalizes best practices in their organizations that promote health equity and inclusion. The DELTA program will be accepting new application in the Summer of 2019. 

  • Build the capacity and commitment of Oregon leaders to decrease inequities and strive to eliminate health disparities.
  • Develop collaborative approaches, relationships and strategic partnerships to promote community wellness and health equity across Oregon.
  • Inspire leaders to act individually and collectively as proactive change agents to address significant challenges and barriers to achieving optimal health.
  • Gain greater understanding of the intersection of trauma, healing communities and behavioral health disparities by dismantling systems that perpetuate inequities of care and take action that can heal communities and build a care system that is both trauma-informed & culturally resonant.

Upon completion of the DELTA program, individuals and their organizations will act as drivers of equity and inclusion within Oregon's health promoting systems. Meeting approximately once per month in different locations throughout the state, members will apply the skills they acquire from the training and facilitate the development and institutionalization of health equity and inclusion strategies in their own settings. In doing so, health equity, diversity development and inclusion will be built into planning, policies, programs, practices, approaches, and resource distribution of these organizations. 

  Statewide/multidisciplinary cohort *NEW Behavioral Health-specific pilot cohort
Dates, times & locations

Various locations: 10/25/2018, 10/26/2018,  11/16/2018, 12/7/2018, 1/18/2019, 2/14/2019, 2/15/2019, 3/20/2018, 4/12/2019, & 5/23/2019


Various locations: Jan 10th & 11th, Feb 1st & 22nd, March 14 & 15th, April 5th & 26th, May 10th & 24th  2019

Curriculum (potential)
  • Diversity in Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention and its intersection with Unconscious Bias
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data and Health Equity Metrics
  • Effective Community Engagement with local Oregon organizations in the Context of Historical Trauma
  • Health Literacy and Language Access
  • Using the Equity and Empowerment Lens Tools
  • Health Equity Leadership, Measurement and Strategic Planning
  • Power, Privilege, and Intercultural Development and their impact in clinical practice and criminalization
  • Supporting a diverse workforce of behavioral health providers
  • Understanding, reporting, and governing demographic data for equity
  • Adapting community engagement strategies that acknowledge various intersections, such as trauma, stigma,
  • Increasing accessibility by designing linguistically-appropriate BH services.
  • Institutionalizing health equity by shifting outcomes & systems
Who should attend/apply Applications closed September 2018
Applications closed September 2018
Cost We plan to introduce a new sliding scale format in the Summer 2019 None. Travel costs will be reimbursed for participants in this pilot

Interested in learning more? Watch the informational webinar from August 15, 2018.

Advisory Committee

DELTA is guided by two Advisory Committees who ensure that the program goals are met by:

  • Assisting with the recruitment and selection of cohort members statewide each year
  • Recommending relevant curricula and training that focus on equity and inclusion
  • Identifying speakers and frameworks that can be utilized by participants for the systemic promotion of equity and inclusion
  • Supporting partnerships, sustainability and sponsorships for the program
  • Reviewing measurable objectives and providing input on course improvement

Health Equity Projects: Examples

  • Workforce diversity strategic planning
  • Diabetes management programming in American Indian/Alaskan Native Populations
  • Community Health Improvement Planning
  • Quality Insurance (QI) measures for health equity
  • Cancer screening for disparities reduction among Latinos
  • Community engagement planningMental health interventions in racial/ethnic minority communities
  • Mental health interventions in racial/ethnic minority communities
  • Cultural competency among health care provider

Participant Biographies

Participating Organizations

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-12-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the content provided is solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

For more information, please contact

Anastasia Sofranac, DELTA Coordinator, 971-673-1333

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