New Year, New OHEA!

Happy 2019 from all of us here at OHEA!

We wanted to start off this year with informing you all that in October 2018, OHEA had the pleasure of welcoming 2 new staff to the team. Please join us in welcoming Yian Saechao and Esther Kim!

Additionally, we wanted to let you all know that OHEA and Community Powered Change have merged social media accounts to better reflect the way our work functions. Please follow our work at the following: Facebook: Oregon Health Equity Alliance, Twitter: @orhealthequity, Instagram: @communitypoweredchange. All other social media accounts will be deleted soon. We will continue to have two separate websites: oregonhealthequity.org and communitypoweredchange.com.

Now back to our new staff!


Esther is a queer, fat, chronically sick and disabled, Korean American living in outer se. Esther came to Portland via salt lake city where they were a community organizer and agitator. Esther looks forward to continuing the legacy of that work and disrupting the "Portland nice" that's actually just a cover for liberal racism.

Why health equity?

Esther as a meme.

Esther as a meme.

OHEA offers a framework and practice of health equity that works to disrupt traditional narratives that are, ironically, healthist and grounded in purity politics. by understanding the always necessary balance of practicing reform towards abolition rather than sustaining the systems that fail us, I am inspired and motivated to do this work with OHEA.

What gives you life?
playing music, popeyes, road trips, karaoke, my bed, magic and ancestral work, soft serve, moon cycles, millenial pink, emotional haircuts, boston terriers, healing from intergenerational trauma and the hard work of change and growth, natural disaster movies.

What are you sun/rising/moon signs?
cancer sun, libra rising, sag moon. #callme


Yian is a daughter of Mien refugees from the Secret War living in Parkrose/NE Portland. Yian comes to OHEA with a background in youth/community organizing, civic engagement, and lived experience as her family’s interpreter and overall source of support. The loss of her mother at the age of 14 and the struggle of her father’s health and well-being, is the reason she is continues to do social justice work.

Why health equity?

Yian as a meme.

Yian as a meme.

Health equity with a focus on racial justice and social determinants of health speaks to the often unseen and real life impacts that hinder the health and well-being of communities like mine from thriving. OHEA offers a way of work that dives deeper into identifying and addressing what really needs to be done in order to achieve health equity and that is dismantling a system set up to continue to hurt communities like mine. Oh! yes! And dismantling white supremacy.

What gives you life?
judo, weight lifting, music, dancing, magic, astrology, tarot, Ube milkshakes (Zero Degrees), Honey Toast, my Iu-Mien Womaness, Ka’liang fenv, my husband’s ability to be playful and loving, dope homies, healing work, minimalism, YouTube, horror/thrillers, babies/young children/youth living their best life, Generative Somatics, creativity, journaling, witnessing people living their dream lives, water.

What are you sun/rising/moon signs?
scorpio sun, cancer rising, scorpio moon. #yupilikewater

Zeenia Junkeer2019, New Year