Regional Health Equity Coalitions (RHECs) are collaborative, community-led, cross-sector groups organized regionally to identify and address health equity issues. The RHEC model works by building on the inherent strengths of local communities so they can lead identifying sustainable, long-term, policy, system and environmental (PSE) solutions to increase health equity in Oregon. Coalitions prioritize communities of color as primary populations of focus.
The basis for the RHEC model is a theoretical framework that increased and authentic community engagement, strengthened organizational capacity, and social norm and environment change are the foundation for policy and system change leading to increased health equity.
This program is funded by the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) in addition to other funding sources RHECs receive.