The Health & Education Fund—a partnership between CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation—is pleased to award $1.2 million in grant funds in our inaugural Impact Partnership grant cycle to 21 organizations serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.
We invited applications from organizations and projects focused on family leadership and resilience to improve outcomes in education, healthcare and early learning. Together we seek to support whole families and opportunity communities, focus on the strengths and assets these communities already possess, and promote enduring change through multi-year investments from the Health & Education Fund. Learn more about the Fund here.
Funded through the Health & Education Fund Impact Partnership, these organizations will address barriers to health and education by building leadership and stronger relationships with parents and families, supporting parent and family organizing to change policy, and establishing partnerships with early learning, education and healthcare systems.
Organizations that are currently developing parent-led efforts and community leadership and need time to establish and build relationships with early learning, education and healthcare systems received capacity building grants. Organizations that have identified a system change goal and are currently developing their existing efforts to support parent and community leadership to affect change at the intersection of early learning, education and healthcare systems received implementation grants.
The following organizations received Impact Partnership grants this year:
- Adelante Mujeres; $30,000; serving Washington County
- Black Parent Initiative; $30,000; serving Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
- Centro Latino Americano; $30,000; serving Lane County
- Coalition of Communities of Color; $30,000; serving all counties in Oregon
- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; $30,000; serving Jefferson and Wasco counties
- FACT Oregon; $30,000; serving all counties in Oregon
- Familias en Acción; $30,000; serving Clackamas, Deschutes, Hood River, Jackson, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Umatilla and Washington counties
- KairosPDX; $30,000; serving Multnomah County
- Micronesian Islander Community; $30,000; serving Marion and Polk counties
- Native American Youth and Family Center; $30,000; serving Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
- Oregon Child Development Coalition; $30,000; serving Morrow County
- Southern Oregon Child & Family Council, Inc.; $30,000; serving Jackson County
- The Next Door, Inc.; $30,000; serving Wasco County
- The Noble Foundation; $30,000; serving Clark and Cowlitz counties
- United Community Action Network; $30,000; serving Douglas County
- Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization; $125,000; serving all counties in Oregon
- Latino Network; $124,991; serving Multnomah and Washington counties
- Lower Columbia Hispanic Council; $125,000; serving Clatsop County
- Oregon Community Health Workers Association; $125,000; serving Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
- Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality; $125,000; serving Marion County
- The Family Connection, Southern Oregon Regional Parenting Hub; $100,000; serving Jackson and Josephine counties
Some examples of the work these grants support:
Latino Network's Culturally Specific Early Childhood project will engage more Latinx parents in policy advocacy work through their Juntos Aprendemos program by developing parent leadership groups focused on civic engagement skills and strategies.
FACT Oregon will develop a Family Leadership Training Program and establish strategies to identify emerging family leaders with children experiencing disability across the state to equip and engage them to serve as systems change agents.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will use funds to develop a P-3 Comprehensive Plan with an indigenous lens around prenatal to third grade initiatives for the Tribes.
If you're interested in learning more about these amazing organizations and the work they are doing, please follow us on Twitter (@northwesthealth)! We'll be highlighting each of our new funded partners in the coming weeks.