2017 was a difficult year. Communities throughout our region and the U.S. were forced to spend too much of their time and energy fighting for their rights and protecting policies that should never be threatened. 

In contrast, we experienced some landmark local and regional achievements. Oregon passed Cover All Kids, extending healthcare coverage to all children, regardless of citizenship status, as well as a bill requiring ethnic studies curriculum in K-12. We also saw more people of color elected to office than ever before, not to mention Oregon’s first-ever majority Latino school board. Northwest Health Foundation proudly supports the organizations and groups that made these visions a reality.

This Year in Review outlines Northwest Health Foundation's relationship building, advocacy, organizational shifts and grantmaking during 2017. This is a celebration of our collective and significant work, reflecting the efforts of our board and its committees, our staff team and, most of all, the incredible communities leading the way to a healthier Oregon and Southwest Washington.


RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

NWHF Director of Programs Jen Matheson and Community Engagement Officer Michael Reyes Andrillon visit an onion processing plant in Eastern Oregon with members of the nonprofit EUVALCREE.

NWHF Director of Programs Jen Matheson and Community Engagement Officer Michael Reyes Andrillon visit an onion processing plant in Eastern Oregon with members of the nonprofit EUVALCREE.

We hosted three Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities gatherings with the Communities Collaborate Cohort in Salem, Ontario and Portland, Oregon. Together, we practiced door-to-door canvassing, visited the Oregon State Capitol and met with legislators – some of us for the first time. We also learned about Integrated Voter Engagement, disability justice, anti-Blackness, youth leadership and more from experts and community leaders.

The Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaborate Leadership Team, a group made up of one to two key staff members from each Collaborative, took on greater responsibility this year, directing discussions and activities at HB+HC Communities Collaborate gatherings, and making decisions about a Cohort Action Plan.

As part of their Cohort Action Plan, the HB+HC Collaboratives collectively decided to contribute to the development of a state-wide, cross-cultural Racial Equity Narrative. They also plan to work together on leadership development, policy advocacy and electoral organizing. The Cohort Action Plan will center needs and priorities identified by rural communities of color.  

We launched a Disability Justice Leaders Collaborative, facilitated by disability justice movement leaders and composed of people of color with disabilities from all over Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Collaborative met in person for the first time on December 15 and will meet three more times in 2018. Over 100 people applied, proving there is a strong need for investment in this area.

A child plays with Legos and K'Nex at the Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club.

A child plays with Legos and K'Nex at the Oak Grove Boys & Girls Club.

Although we announced our final round of Kaiser Permanente Community Fund grants last year, we continued to support KPCF funded partners with technical assistance, including communications trainings, photo shoots and evaluation expertise. We also continue to track systems changes made by KPCF funded partners and work with Kaiser Permanente Northwest to tell the story of KPCF’s impact regionally and nationally.

We deepened our outreach for Oregon Active Schools with Nike and Kaiser Permanente, visiting elementary school campuses throughout the state, maintaining relationships with existing Active Schools, and encouraging new schools to apply for funding.

We finalized an investment strategy with our partners in the health and education fund, which will begin making grants in mid-2018. The strategy centers parent leadership and family engagement.

We furthered our partnership with Northwest Area Foundation, focused at the intersection of health and economic opportunity, by exploring what philanthropic giving in Indian country could look like with other regional funders and committing to invest in Lincoln County. 

We participated in and spoke at events throughout our region and the country, including Grantmakers in Health's annual conference, Philanthropy Northwest’s annual conference, the Oregon Rural Health Conference and many more.

 

ADVOCACY

Members of the Youth Equity Collaborative pose with historian and author Walidah Imarisha onstage at our October 2017 Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Gathering.

Members of the Youth Equity Collaborative pose with historian and author Walidah Imarisha onstage at our October 2017 Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Gathering.

In 2017, we continued to lobby in Salem and build relationships with policymakers.

We supported key achievements during the 2017 Legislative Session, most notably Cover All Kids.

We expanded the conversation around social determinants of health in hospitals’ community benefit spending.

We advanced the work of Color PAC to prepare people of color to run for office and to support them once elected. Eight out of nine Color PAC candidates won local races in May, and Color PAC trainings reached 1000 people.

We supported statewide efforts to quash anti-immigrant ballot measures and change the narrative around immigration in Oregon.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY & CAPACITY

Northwest Health Foundation staff pose for our denim-on-denim, awkward family photo-themed holiday card.

Northwest Health Foundation staff pose for our denim-on-denim, awkward family photo-themed holiday card.

We said goodbye to our Vice President of Strategy & Community Partnerships Suk Rhee, who was appointed as the Director of the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

We reconfigured some of our staff roles. Jesse Beason became our Vice President of Strategy & Public Affairs. Jen Matheson was promoted to Director of Programs, and Eduardo Moreno became a Community Engagement Officer.

We purchased the old Albina Youth Opportunity School building site on Northeast Mississippi Avenue in Portland. Airway Science for Kids will rent the site from us for one dollar a year for the next two years while they raise the funds to buy the building from us. This is an effort to counter gentrification and displacement in Portland and make a mission-related investment by preserving an African American-owned asset.

We deepened our national relationships at conferences hosted by Philanthropy Northwest, Grantmakers in Health, Democracy Alliance, Committee on States, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, The Communications Network and more.

We criss-crossed our region to attend partners’ events and visit communities.

We renamed the Center for Philanthropy’s five meeting rooms at the beginning of the year to honor social justice heroes from our region. Community partners used these spaces to build coalitions, hold community discussions, fundraise for candidates of color, host retreats and trainings, and create momentum around movements.

 

GRANTMAKING

Dancers perform at the Micronesian Islander Community Fall 2017 Celebration in Salem, Oregon.

Dancers perform at the Micronesian Islander Community Fall 2017 Celebration in Salem, Oregon.

Where we spend our money is an expression of our values. We’re proud to support partners who work hard every day to make our region a healthier and more just place to live. In 2017, we made grants to incredible organizations and initiatives throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Examples include:

$800,000 to our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaboratives. They’re using the funds to build power for kids & families in Oregon and SW Washington.

$75,000 to The Oregon Community Foundation for Improving Dental Health and $50,000 to Playworks Northwest to expand into new communities, as part of HB+HC Cultivate Success.

$140,000 to various community-led advocacy efforts and organizations, such as Cover All Kids and One Oregon, as part of HB+HC Equip Voices.

$98,000 through our Oregon Active Schools partnership with Nike and Kaiser Permanente Northwest to support programs that inspire a lifelong love of physical activity.

$75,000 through the President’s Fund and $75,000 through Sponsorships.

Additional funds to organizations across the state through the CareOregon Community Fund, the Jennifer Baker Fund and other long-term commitments.


2017 Funded Partners

Sponsorships

350PDX

Adelante Mujeres

Airway Science for Kids

Alaska Native Brotherhood, Columbia River Camp 49

American Leadership Forum of Oregon

ASHA International

Basic Rights Oregon

Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley

Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County

Causa Oregon

CCO Oregon

Clark County Latino Youth Conference

Coalition of Communities of Color

Color PAC

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Curry Health Foundation

Disability Art and Culture Project

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Edúcate Ya

Elkton Community Education Center

Evolve Workforce & Property Management

Familias en Acción

Family Access Network Foundation

Good in the Hood

Grupo Latino de Acción Directa

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

KairosPDX

Latino Network

Legacy Health Foundation

Living Opportunities

Lower Columbia Q Center

Maslow Project

Mental Health Association of Oregon

Micronesian Islander Community

Momentum Alliance

Native American Youth and Family Center

North by Northeast Community Health Center

NorthStar Portland

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

NW Down Syndrome Parent Support Group

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Oregon COFA Project

Oregon Community Health Workers Association

Oregon Latino Health Coalition

Oregon Public Health Association

Oregon Student Foundation

Pacific Communities Health District Foundation

Pathways 2020

PHAME Academy

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Playworks

Portland African American Leadership Forum

Portland All Nations Canoe Family

Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center

Rogue Pack

Rose Haven

Rural Organizing Project

Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality

Samaritan Health Services

The Asian Reporter Foundation

The Latino Community Association

The Nonprofit Association of Oregon

The Rosewood Initiative

The Trauma Healing Project

United Way of Jackson County

VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project

Western States Center

Women's Foundation of Oregon

YMCA of Douglas County

Youth Rights & Justice

HB+HC Communities Collaborate

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

Coalition of Communities of Color

EUVALCREE

Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon

Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Let's Talk Diversity Coalition

Lower Columbia Hispanic Council

Momentum Alliance

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

 

HB+HC Cultivate success

Playworks Northwest

The Oregon Community Foundation

 

HB+HC Equip Voices

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

Basic Rights Oregon

Causa Oregon

Coalition of Communities of Color

Color PAC

Community Alliance of Tenants

Disability Art and Culture Project

EUVALCREE

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Latino Network

Let's Talk Diversity Coalition

Momentum Alliance

Native American Youth & Family Center

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Oregon Student Association

Oregon Voice

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Portland African American Leadership Forum

Safety and Justice Action Fund

The Noble Foundation

Unite Oregon

Yes for Healthcare

 

President's opportunity fund

Acción Política PCUNista

Alaska Native Brotherhood, Columbia River Camp 49

All Hands Raised

American Leadership Forum of Oregon

Americans for Indian Opportunity

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

Autism Empowerment

Basic Rights Oregon

Centro Cultural de Washington County

City Club of Portland

Coalition of Communities of Color

Color PAC

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Familias en Acción

Juvenile Rights Project

KairosPDX

Latino Network

Native American Youth & Family Center

Northwest Indian College Foundation

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety

Oregon Justice Resource Center

Oregon Native American Chamber

Oregon Office of Rural Health, OHSU

Oregon Public Health Institute

Oregon Recovers PAC

PHAME Academy

Philanthropy Northwest

Portland African American Leadership Forum

Reaching and Empowering All People, Inc.

Red Lodge Transition Services

Rural Organizing Project

The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation

Toledo Community Foundation

Unite Oregon

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