October 14, 2012

Health Equity

An estimated 650,000 Oregonians are uninsured, disproportionately communities of color, immigrants and refugee. Our communities face significant barriers to good health, many of which are poorly understood due to the lack of data collection by race/ethnicity.

With the guidance of our Strategic Plan, we are focusing efforts to advocate for health equity in health reform by improving cultural competency, accessibility and affordability for uninsured, underinsured and APIs served by the Oregon Health Plan. Key partners include the HOPE Coalition, the Oregon Health Equity Alliance and Upstream Public Health. As a lead organization with the HOPE Coalition, our goal is to support the adoption and implementation of a Regional Equity Plan to improve health outcomes in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah and Washington counties.

APANO excels at bringing people together to discuss issues of concern. Our media team asked a group of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans questions about their experiences with health care to find out what works and what doesn't work to keep our communities healthy.

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APANO advocates for language access, medical interpretation, cultural competency, health disparity research, workforce diversity, and immigrant and refugee health care. Interested in lending your expertise to help APANO with our health equity agenda? Fill out this volunteer interest form, and get connected.