Mission: OHEA is a people of color-led collaborative, organized to center and uplift the wisdom of our communities of color through racial justice informed health equity policies and practices as part of the movement to dismantle white supremacy and shift the imbalance of power.
Vision: We envision a world where people of color are able to lead fulfilling and healthy lives, however they choose.
POSSIBILITY: We believe what we are fighting for is possible. There is always room for creativity and healing. We will make mistakes, try things over and over again, and we are committed to always learning.
TRUST: We value relationships that are intentional, mutual, and built on trust. We recognize as complex human beings, we are bound to make mistakes with one another and are committed to continue even when challenges are hard and uncomfortable.
COMMUNITY WISDOM: We believe people and their wisdom and expertise on their lives.
Areas of work:
OHEA is open to organizations who serve constituents facing health inequities in the Tri-County region of Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties.
Advocacy: Our work began because there was a gap in advocating for policies in relation to health equity, social determinants of health as it pertains to health disparities. To this day, we continue to advocate for racial justice informed health equity policies and practices.
Convener: We bring together community-based organizations, health systems, government, and institutions to talk about how we can better coordinate our work to provide more equitable outcomes for communities of color.
Knowledge Center: We provide technical assistance and spend intentional time and resources to gather information on how to be more equitable in our organizational processes and lift community voices throughout our work.
What is Health Equity?
OHEA’s definition of health equity…
involves dismantling and shifting oppressive cultural, structural and systemic practices that, intentionally or unintentionally, use race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, immigration status, and other identities as a means to hinder individuals and communities’ ability to thrive. Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity, resources, power and autonomy to attain their full health potential. Health equity is both a practice and a goal.