These are some of the Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaboratives top accomplishments since 2015.
APANO VOTE Network
- Registered 500 new voters before the November 2016 election.
- Built capacity of APANO VOTE Network's partner organizations to conduct voter and civic engagement.
- Lead organization Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) established a 501c4 organization and began publishing voter guides and endorsing candidates.
Eastern Oregon Latino Alliance for Children and Families
- Established Malheur County's first Latino leadership training.
- Hosted the largest Latino community event in Ontario ever, bringing together over 3,000 community members.
- Led the City of Ontario to establish a diversity advisory committee.
- Defeated three anti-immigrant initiative proposals before they made it to the November 2016 ballot in Oregon.
- Provided ballot assistance for more than 400 individuals in 2016.
- Shifted the focus of their existing 501c4 organization to candidate recruitment, development, endorsement and field campaigns.
- Elected Oregon's first Latina immigrant representative, Teresa Alonso León; elected Melinda Veliz to Woodburn City Council; and elected Anthony Medina, Laura Isiordia and Gustavo Gutierrez to Woodburn School Board, resulting in what is Oregon's first school board with an elected Latinx majority.
Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures
- Successfully advocated for and passed a levy to support safe and affordable housing in the City of Vancouver.
- Developed a stand-alone policy committee aimed at supporting organizational, local, state and federal policy. The committee meets with local and state legislators, organizes public testimony, provides letters of support, and activates the community through advocacy alerts. These efforts led to a few significant wins during Washington's 2017 legislative session.
- Expanded advocacy work in Kelso, Washington, including hiring a South Kelso Community Health Advocate and partnering with Collective for Social and Environmental Justice.
Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project
- Formed the Multi-Ethnic Advisory Group, comprised of seven ethnic-based community organizations with a focus on early life, childhoods and pathways toward improved advocacy and stronger storytelling within immigrant and refugee communities. The MAG brings together members from Slavic, Pacific Islander, Asian and African backgrounds.
- Published three reports about child and maternal health in African communities and early childhood health and kindergarten readiness in the Slavic community.
- Organized a legislative visit to Salem and testimonials at local budget hearings to advocate on issues including health, housing stability and education.
La Voz de la Comunidad
- Expanded La Voz's Latino leadership engagement efforts across Oregon's North Coast to include Seaside and Warrenton.
- Led the City of Astoria to pass an inclusivity resolution.
- Hosted first La Cima Latino Youth Leadership Camp.
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
- Conducted candidate forums and voter engagement for the 2015 Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs elections in partnership with Warm Springs Youth Council.
- Established an independent 501c3 organization.
- Supported local community members to navigate the process of running for office in Jefferson County.
- Collaborated with the City of Madras to conduct the first Spanish town hall meeting for Madras' Latinx community.
Racial Equity Agenda
- Engaged in a cross-cultural canvass to support an affordable housing bond measure in Portland, which ultimately passed.
- Led the development of the 2017 Legislative Report on Racial Equity and endorsed legislation advancing racial equity during Oregon's 2017 legislative session.
- Initiated a project to research, develop and test a cross-cultural racial equity narrative that elevates the collective voice and vision of communities of color in Oregon.
Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth and their Families
- Parents facilitated a listening session with Medford School District officials for the first time. More than 120 people attended.
- Two parents from Successful Transitions' Migrant Education Program became president and vice president of Eagle Point School District's Migrant Education Parent Advisory Council.
- One of the Parent Advisory Council's presidents now serves on the Regional Health Equity Coalition's steering committee.
- Parents from Successful Transitions' Migrant Education Program attended leadership conferences across the state and country.
Youth Equity Collaborative
- Presented at the Oregon Students of Color Conference in 2016.
- Began hosting a series of Self Care Day events, starting in April 2017.
- Lobbied at the Oregon State Capitol for Ethnic Studies in Oregon schools, a system for reporting and tracking racial profiling incidents by police, cultural competency oversight committees at community colleges and state universities, and an easier way for transgender residents to change their name and gender designation.