All of us deserve the opportunity to live a long, healthy life—no matter who we are, what neighborhoods we live in or how much money we make. That’s health equity.
Health Share begins with health equity—broadening health access and opportunity for all. We work with partners across our communities—in education, housing, transportation, and social services as well as health care—with the shared goal that every Oregonian, at every stage of their life, has the access and opportunity to be well.
Learn how we’re advancing health for all:
Comprised of members of the Health Share community, Health Share's Community Advisory Council helps us innovate and collaborate to respond to consumer and community health needs. The CAC also supports our mission to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.
The Council oversees the development of our Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, and serves as a liaison between the community and Health Share leadership.
Health Share’s 2018-2020 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) considers our region’s health with the idea that health happens not only at a doctor’s office, but also in our homes and at work, at the dinner table and in the grocery story, among families and friends, at school, the park, and beyond.
Health care for the community, by the community
Community Health Workers provide culturally appropriate health care and services to community members in need of support. They have great potential to help address the health disparities faced by some Health Share members. In 2016, Health Share invested $3.3 million toward developing a much needed community infrastructure to support culturally specific and localized community health workers. Our investment focuses on a strategic partnership with the Oregon Community Health Workers Association.
Empowering LGBTQIA voices
In 2016, our Photovoice project broadened awareness of how our members experience intersecting identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Participants told their individual health care stories using photography. The photographs were then displayed at a public event and developed into a book. Health Share will use 50 hours of recorded, facilitated dialogue and photography to incorporate participants’ voices into the Health Share transformation efforts and to elevate members' voices.