SO Health-E

Southern Oregon's Health Equity Coalition is a cross-sector Regional Health Equity Coalition financially supported by Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion and Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section.

SO Health-E operates with fiscal sponsor and backbone support from Rogue Valley Mentoring. Their mission is to transform communities through the mentoring of youth. Read more on the Rogue Valley Mentoring website:

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About

SO Health-E was founded in 2014 as the Southern Oregon Regional Health Equity Coalition, one of several regional equity coalitions around the state supported by the Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion. Our region includes Jackson and Josephine Counties. We prioritize health disparities for underrepresented populations including people of color, LGBTQ+ community members, people living with disabilities, and low-income community members.

Our mission is to seek systems change by creating community partnerships and together promoting health equity that centers the voices of impacted community members.

Steering Committee

Our work is guided by the SO Health-E Steering Committee. Made up of community members as well as cross-sector agency partners from Education, Health, and Law Enforcement, this leadership committee is required to be at least 51% people of color. Meet the members:

Ivonne Martinez Razo | Steering Committee Co-Chair

Jackson County Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Quinn Arrington | Steering Committee Co-Chair

AllCare Health CCO

Connie Dillinger | Community Engagement Committee

Community Member

Stick Crosby | Policy Committee Co-Chair

AllCare Health

Charlie Bauer | Equity, Diversity, + Inclusion Workgroup Co-Chair

Southern Oregon Education Services District (SOESD)

Brenda Aguilera | Community Engagement Committee

College Dreams

Lourdes Cervantes

Community Member

Rory Meza | Equity, Diversity, + Inclusion Workgroup Co-Chair

Community Member

 

Work Groups

The work of SO Health-E is done through 7 cross-sector work groups made up of community members and cross-sector partners in education, healthcare, and law enforcement: 

 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Works to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in institutions and community organizations (health, education, social service, law enforcement, and government).

Community Engagement

Provides leadership training opportunities for community members and engages communities and individuals working towards health equity. Helps inform steering committees by providing community voice and input to guide strategic priorities.

Housing and Transit Coalition

Advocating for healthier housing and transit strategies to promote health equity for people of color, low income folks, LGBTQ+ community members, and those living with a disability so that everyone can live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Reproductive and Sexual Health Equity

Seeks to reduce and eliminate barriers to achieving optimal sexual health for everyone in our community by advancing cultural competency in healthcare and education related to reproductive and sexual health and by increasing advocacy for evidence-based, comprehensive sexuality education that is medically accurate and culturally appropriate. 

LGBTQ+ Equity

Our newest workgroup focused on reducing health disparities impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) communities in Jackson and Josephine Counties. This work group planned and implemented the Southern Oregon 2019 LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Summit and is now hosting a 2020 Lecture Series, learn more here.

 

Data and Evaluation

Uses a data-informed approach to guide the Coalition's equity work.  *This group meets AD HOC (as needed).

Policy

Uses as equity analysis to guide the policy, systems, and environmental change work of the coalition and makes recommendations to the steering committee.