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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 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 (OHA) and the Governor. 

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 redistributing of resources and power; and
  • Recognizing, reconciling and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.

View Presentation to OHPB on Definition

Interested in Joining?

The Health Equity Committee 2021 Recruitment has closed. 

However, if you are interested, please fill out the membership interest form below, and we will let you know when are open for recruitment again. Or you can always connect with  Maria Elena Castro via email at or by phone at (503) 884-4448.

Member Interest Form

HEC Public Meetings

The HEC meets on the second Thursday of every month.

Please contact Maria Elena Castro at the Office of Equity and Inclusion at 503-884-4448 or email if you need special accommodations to attend or participate in this 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 Maria E. Castro, HEC Lead Staff at until 9 am on the day of the meeting or call/text 503-884-4448 and request public comment. Please note public comment is limited to 2 minutes per-person and it is 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 no later than 24 hours in advance of the meeting in order to ensure distribution to members. Committee members will review and discuss written during the allotted time public testimony during each meeting.

Individuals may submit written comment and sign up to speak in support of your written comment during the meeting. Any materials provided to Committee members become public documents.

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Contact Us


Maria Elena Castro
Health Equity Committee Staff
TTY 711

Meeting Location

421 SW Oak St., Portland, OR 97204

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Health Equity Definition, Presentation to OHPB (October 2019)
HEC Bylaws (November 2019)
HEC Charter
Prospective HEC Member Interest Form

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