December 16, 2015

APANO Receives grant for Northwest Health Foundation's Healthy Beginnings + Healthy Communities Initiative

For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2015

Media Contacts:
Jesse Beason, Northwest Health Foundation


PORTLAND, Ore.— Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) has awarded $850,000 in first year grant funds to 10 Community Collaboratives in Oregon and SW Washington. The Collaboratives will work with each other and NWHF for the next five years to advance a shared agenda for healthier childhoods. 2016 is the first year of Communities Collaborate, a part of NWHF’s Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Initiative (HB+HC). HB+HC will help communities build power for better childhoods by 2020. “Communities need a seat at the decision-making table,” said Nichole June Maher, president of Northwest Health Foundation. “From local school boards to the state legislature, parents and families should have a voice. When communities are able to invest in developing leadership and advocacy skills, they can make a bigger and more enduring impact on health.” The Collaboratives selected for HB+HC Communities Collaborate partnerships will work together to be a part of a local and regional transformation of institutions, programs and policies to deliver better outcomes in early life, equity and community health. More information about HB+HC and the Collaboratives listed below can be found at

About HB+HC

A healthy childhood sets the stage for lifelong health. But no child raises themself. Families and communities play a critical role in setting a child up for success. That’s why they’re best suited to lead the way to better health. Northwest Health Foundation knows that when families and communities work together to get there, Oregon and SW Washington will be healthier. We have seen individual communities make big improvements for their kids’ health. We’re ready to see it happen for our whole region. Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities uses three approaches to improve childhoods: we will bring communities together to support each other in creating broad and lasting change; we will scale successful programs for the benefit of our region; and we will equip communities to advocate effectively.


Project Title

Lead Organization


APANO Statewide Network

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)


Eastern Oregon Latino Alliance for Children and Families


Malheur County

Healthy Communities, Healthy Futures

Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of Southwest Washington

Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Skamania Counties

Immigrant and Refugee Engage Project

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Portland metro region, as well as Clark, Marion, Hood River and Yamhill Counties

Successful Transitions: Integrated Care for Children, Youth, and their Families

Jefferson Regional Health Alliance

Jackson and Josephine Counties

Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition

Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition

Jefferson County

Healthy Beginnings + Healthy Communities

Lower Columbia Hispanic Council

Clatsop County

Youth Power & Intersectional Collaboration

Momentum Alliance

Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clark and Marion Counties

Stable Families Intergenerational Collaborative

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

Multnomah County


Pineros Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

Marion and Polk Counties