Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance

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Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance

Healthy communities begin where we live, work, and play. The vision of the Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance is to ensure a future in which healthy opportunities are possible for everyone in our region.

We believe that the choice to lead a healthy lifestyle should be a right, not a privilege, and that healthy communities begin where we live, work, and play. Together, we are working to ensure a future in which healthy opportunities are possible for everyone.

Mission

The Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance convenes organizations and individuals from a variety of backgrounds to build on our collective strengths to create policy, system, and environmental change, so everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

Who the Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance serves

Our work focuses on key underserved communities across Linn and Benton Counties, including Latinos, African Americans, Arabic speakers, refugees, underrepresented ethnic groups, rural communities, historically disadvantaged people, low-income families and individuals, LGBTQ people, and anyone experiencing health disparities.

Guiding Principles:

  • We promote opportunity, equity, and access.
  • We demonstrate respect and dignity for all people.
  • We model inclusivity.
  • We achieve common goals through collaboration.
  • We work to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to advocate for progress.
  • We use relevant data to inform our decisions.

Successes

  • Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance (LBHEA) creates trusted relationships and community partnerships. LBHEA’s close connections mean that our coalition members have each other on speed-dial. Members easily reach out to each other to collaborate when opportunities and challenges arise.
  • LBHEA has strengthened leadership capacity in our region by working with diverse populations to create new leaders.
  • LBHEA co-hosted regional summits on health, transportation, and housing and is leading next steps in those areas.
  • LBHEA has worked to forge collaborative relationships with our Coordinated Care Organization.
  • LBHEA helped to ensure the passage of the City of Corvallis Property Maintenance Code that created healthier living conditions and leads the way in health and housing policy planning initiatives.
  • LBHEA is changing the dialogue and focus around health and health equity in the region.

To get involved with LBHEA, contact Clarice Amorim-Freitas at clarice.amorim.freitas@devNW.org or 541.752.7220 x2033.