APANO Voter Organizing, Training & Empowerment (VOTE) Network
Lead Organization: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Core Partner Organizations: Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Micronesian Islander Community, Pacific Asian Community Alliance of Eugene, COFA Alliance National Network, Korean American Coalition, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Associations, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, Japanese American Citizen's Alliance, Bhutanese Community, Living Islands, Portland Lee's Association, Zomi Association US, DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, PAC Alliance, Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, Muslim Educational Trust
APANO’s VOTE (Voter Organizing, Training & Empowerment) Network is a forum for Asian and Pacific Islander organizations across the state to understand community needs, increase cooperation and build power to improve the lives of Oregon’s 250,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders. Their work is focused on deep, culturally specific and multilingual electoral civic engagement, as well as statewide legislative and policy advocacy campaigns. The VOTE Network provides leadership training, fundraising and policy development, and resources and referrals for organizational development. VOTE works with its core group of five funded organizations to identify issues relating to childhood health and develop appropriate policy solutions at the local and statewide level.
Partner Spotlight: Stronger When We Are Together
Eastern Oregon Latino Alliance for Children and Families
Lead Organization: EUVALCREE
Core Partner Organizations: Andrade Legal, City of Ontario, City of Vale, Ontario Police Department, Four Rivers Cultural Center, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Oregon Law Center, Saint Alphonsus, Valley Family Health Care
Geography: Malheur County
Latinos comprise almost 40% of the total population in Malheur County and almost 70% in the Ontario School District, but few are in leadership or decision-making positions. EUVALCREE seeks to build the social capital, leadership capacity and advocacy of Latinos in their region. They engage with agencies and service providers to address cultural gaps between organizations and Latino community members. This work is dedicated to giving a voice to community members who have never had one.
Partner Spotlight: Two Stories from Eastern Oregon
Lead Organization: Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
Core Partner Organizations: Willamette Valley Law Project, Acción Política PCUNista, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Causa Oregon, Farmworker Housing Development Corperation, Latinos Unidos Siempre, Mano a Mano Family Center, Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas, Oregon's Farmworker Union, Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality, EUVALCREE, Longview Highlands Neighborhood Association, Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, Marion County Behavioral Health, Marion and Polk Early Learning Hub Inc., Moda Health, Momentum Alliance, North Clackamas Healthy Communities Coalition, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Oregon Family Support Network, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Silverton Health, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Valley Insurance Professionals, Woodburn School District
Geography: Marion and Polk counties
PCUN seeks to engage in community organizing and leadership development around policies that significantly impact immigrant families (e.g. Cover All Kids, Defend Minimum Wage and Defend Paid Sick Leave), as well as develop a pipeline of Latinx leaders to run for elected office in the mid-Willamette Valley. Their 501(c)4 will carry out grassroots campaigns to elect Latinx candidates to the Salem Keizer School Board, Woodburn School Board and other local and state elected offices.
Partner Spotlight: Get Out the Latinx Vote!
Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures
Lead Organization: Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of Southwest Washington
Core Partner Organizations: Foundation for Healthy Generations, Clark County Public Health, Cowlitz Health and Human Services, Wallace Elementary in South Kelso, Kelso High School, Vancouver Public Schools - Family and Community Resource Centers, Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, Wahkiakum High School, LULAC, Free Clinic, Vancouver Housing Authority, Rose Village CHW Team, South Kelso CHW Team, Wahkiakum CHW Team, Essentials for Childhood, Prevention Alliance, Clark College Diversity Department, Support for Early Learning and Families, Consumer Voices Are Born, Council for the Homeless, Skamania Community Health, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health, Cascade Pacific Action Alliance, North Pacific Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists, Southwest Early Learning Coalition, Cowlitz Community Network, PeaceHealth, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Molina Health Care, Community Health Plan of Washington, Lower Columbia College, Commission on African American Affairs, Sea Mar, YWCA
Geography: Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania counties
Healthy Living Collaborative deeply values the wisdom of the community, and it partners with the community to create and respond to policy and systems change. HLC supports Community Health Workers in southwest Washington neighborhoods to support the health and wellness of children and their communities. These CHWs are local leaders who support their families, friends and neighbors, while also providing feedback to service providers about the barriers and opportunities that exist in their neighborhoods. HLC also supports CHAPS, a peer network advocating for issues that matter to them. Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures is committed to equity and social justice.
Partner Spotlight: Keeping Vancouver Housed
Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project
Lead Organization: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Core Partner Organizations: Africa House, Asian Family Center, Northwest Somali Community Organization, Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization, Slavic Community Center, Slavic Network of Oregon, Togo Community in Oregon, Tongan Community Organization, Zomi Association of the U.S., Vietnamese Community Association
Geography: Portland metro region, as well as Clark, Marion, Hood River and Yamhill counties
In the first year of HB+HC Communities Collaborate, IRCO created a Multiethnic Advisory Group (MAG) to bring together the different communities within IRCO. In the second year, IRCO’s goals are centered on building the capacity of trained community leaders and the Multi-ethnic Advisory Group (MAG). Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project builds the capacity of MAG members to advocate for their communities. MAG engages community members in storytelling, advocacy and Popular Education to develop immigrant and refugee leaders. Project staff will work closely with MAG to support development of communities' priorities and build partnerships with key stakeholders. Key goals in Year 2 include creating a community policy agenda/action plan, conducting an Immigrant/Refugee Community Needs Assessment and producing a report, taking a field trip to Salem during the legislative session, organizing budget forums and meeting regularly with key stakeholders to identify and engage in collaborative action for systems change.
Partner Spotlight: Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Oregon Agree on At Least Two Things
La Voz de la comunidad
Lead Organization: Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Core Partner Organizations: Seaside School District, Astoria School District, NWRESD Migrant Education, NW Parenting Group, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Clatsop Community College, Northwest Regional Education Service District, Clatsop Kinder Ready, Clatsop County Dental Initiative, Health CAPACES Collaborative, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, City of Astoria
Geography: Clatsop County
La Voz de la Comunidad will build the infrastructure necessary to give Latinos on the North Coast a greater voice at decision-making tables. They strive to accomplish this through leadership development opportunities for La Voz de la Comunidad members, and by engaging Latino youth in leadership training. In addition to leadership training, La Voz will offer policy and advocacy trainings and run small local campaigns for hands-on experience. They will also increase their communities' visibility by telling their stories at meetings with elected officials, and through other platforms.
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Lead Organization: Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Core Partner Organizations: High Desert ESD Migrant Education, Latino Community Association, Best Care Treatment Services, DHS, Warm Springs Tribes, St. Charles Health Care, St. Charles Community Benefit, Pastor Jan Kozak, Mosaic Medical, Neighbor Impact, Juvenile Department, Better Together, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pacific Source, Central Oregon Community College, Indian Health Services Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs Oregon State University Extension, Causa Oregon, Oregon State University Open Campus, 509J School District, State of Oregon Department of Corrections, Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District, Kids Club of Jefferson County, MountainStar Relief Nursery, Jefferson County Public Health Department, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Native Aspirations
Geography: Jefferson County
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition is committed to building power and raising the voices of those who typically go unheard in the communities they serve. LTDC uses the strength of its partnerships with local and regional organizations to create inclusive conversations to empower the community. Activities include hosting diversity and cultural competency trainings for community and organizational partners, providing resources to support immigrants, working with educational partners to increase college and career readiness, developing youth leadership and advocating for policies to improve health equity, access and civic engagement of underrepresented populations.
Partner Spotlight: Warm Springs Youth Build Power for Political Participation
Racial Equity Agenda
Lead Organization: Coalition of Communities of Color
Core Partner Organizations: Native American Youth and Family Center, Latino Network, Self Enhancement Inc., Children First for Oregon, Unite Oregon, Urban League of Portland, KairosPDX, Causa Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Hacienda CDC, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Racial Equity Agenda will strengthen a movement toward racial equity by elevating community voices and increasing the influence of communities of color in Oregon. They will develop a shared narrative of what racial equity looks like in Oregon, use that narrative to engage community members in advocacy efforts and improve policymakers' understanding of the issues affecting their communities. A shared narrative will provide the Collaborative with a collective means to educate and raise awareness around racial equity issues. Racial Equity Agenda will also develop a policy agenda and use policy campaigns to train a cohort of individuals to lead culturally appropriate and inclusive civic engagement strategies.
Partner Spotlight: A New Narrative for Racial Equity in Oregon
Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth and their Families
Lead Organization: Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon
Core Partner Organizations: Southern Oregon Education Service District Migrant Education, Project Listo, Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub, Medford School District, La Clinica, Jefferson Regional Health
Geography: Jackson and Josephine counties
Successful Transitions is a collaborative of health, education, workforce development, early learning and youth development organizations working together to empower Latino early learners, students and their families. While there is an extensive network of parent leadership groups in school-based Migrant Education programs, the Successful Transitions Collaborative seeks to increase the power and influence of these groups, and to integrate their role into regional systems. This project expands parent leadership, reach and impact by linking school-based Parent Advisory Councils with parents from community-based early learning programs. Together they will develop priorities and build a common understanding to improve outcomes in childhood.
Partner Spotlight: Latina Parents in Southern Oregon Stand Up for their Children
Youth Equity Collaborative
Lead Organization: Momentum Alliance
Core Partner Organizations: OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Students of Color Coalition, CAPACES Leadership Institute, Latinos Unidos Siempre, Multnomah Youth Commission, Western States Center - We Are BRAVE, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Sankofa Collective Northwest, Adelante Mujeres, Bus Project, City Club of Portland, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Neighborhood Partnerships, Metro Regional Government
Geography: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark and Marion counties
Youth Equity Collaborative will build relationships and power for a regional youth-led social justice movement, with the ultimate goal of better health for children, youth and families. Momentum Alliance and partners advocate for equitable social change on individual, cultural, institutional and systemic levels. They take collective action on established advocacy priorities by attending lobby days, educating community members, meeting with decision makers, testifying and canvassing. They focus on intersecting issues impacting children, including everything from reproductive health, housing, education and immigration to healthcare and the environment.
Partner Spotlight: Youth Unite for Social Justice