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.
- Recognized by Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Latino Health Coalition for their partnership in passing Cover All Kids.
- Established a 501c4 organization.
- Led the City of Ontario to establish a diversity advisory committee.
- Hosted the largest Latino community event in Ontario ever, bringing together over 3,000 community members.
- Elected Oregon’s first Latina immigrant representative, Teresa Alonso León, and elected Anthony Medina, Laura Isiordia and Gustavo Gutierrez to the Woodburn School Board, resulting in what is Oregon’s first school board with an elected Latinx majority.
- Shifted the focus of their existing 501c4 organization to candidate recruitment, development, endorsement and field campaigns.
- Hired the first ever female executive director to run Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.
- Launched the first Latinx and bilingual public service leadership training program in the Mid-Willamette Valley, People's Representatives.
- Partnered on Cover All Kids, defending minimum wage and paid sick leave.
Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures
- Successfully advocated for and passed a levy to support safe and affordable housing in the City of Vancouver, as well as a Breakfast After the Bell bill to provide breakfast to students in classrooms throughout Washington.
- 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.
- Joined the Equity Coalition of Southwest Washington.
Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project
- Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization released their Community Needs Assessment report. This was a collaborative effort by the Multi-Ethnic Advisory Group, comprised of seven ethnic-based community organizations. This, along with a MAG retreat in 2017, helped MAG identify their priorities going forward.
- Organized legislative days in Salem, Oregon in 2016 and 2018, and provided testimonial at local budget hearings throughout 2017. IREP’s 2018 Legislative Day was their first full-day visit to the Capitol during a legislative session. 45 people attended. They advocated for health, housing stability and education.
- Thanks to Northwest Somali Community Organization’s advocacy efforts, Portland Public Schools hired two Somali teachers.
- For the first time, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization adopted policy advocacy as part of their strategic plan.
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 and City of Seaside to pass inclusivity resolutions.
- Hosted first La Cima Latino Youth Leadership Camp.
- Built relationships with elected leaders, including Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Suzanne Bonamici.
- Leveraged La Voz Gives Back Day to obtain media coverage and raise awareness of La Voz.
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.
- Actively advocated for their 2018 Legislative Agenda – a list of policy priorities that provide opportunities for advancing racial equity across Oregon – through a lobby day, presentation of testimony at hearings, frequent visits to the capitol by Coalition staff and more.
Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth and their Families
- Parents facilitated two listening sessions for the first time, one with Medford School District officials and one with Eagle Point School District officials.
- Formalized a partnership with Unite Oregon.
- Collaborative member Raquel Garay joined Eagle Point School District’s budget committee and became the Region 10 Migrant Parent Advisory Council Representative.
- 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.