Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition (KRHEC)

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2018 Office of Equity and Inclusion funding

Since 2014 it has been the pleasure of Klamath County Public Health, along with other community partners, to provide a Regional Health Equity Coalition for Klamath County in order to address regional health and social well-being inequities and identify changes necessary to improve health and reduce disparities. The current funding that supports this work will end in December 2017. Unfortunately, the formula to award the new competitive grant opportunities no longer allows for funding to be received by public health agencies, and KCPH has not been able to identify resources to keep the work of the coalition active beyond the current funding period. KCPH remains committed to improving the health of our community, and will continue to look for opportunities to address and improve the health of all members of the Klamath community.

It’s business as usual through December 31

There are activities scheduled through the end of the year. The steering committee will continue to meet the first Thursday of each month.

Here are the items already on the schedule:

  1. Safe Zones socials the second Thursday of each month.
  2. Beatty Walk, October 21.
  3. Fact Oregon presentations.
  4. Potato Festival health fair, October 21.
  5. Safe Zones and Implicit Bias trainings as requested.
  6. Chiloquin First activities including a Jamboree Nov. 18.
  7. Shayleen Allen and Erin Tecumseh will be participating in DELTA through the cohort starting soon.
  8. Diversity through the arts: movie showings at 2 p.m. each third Saturday at the Klamath County Library Main Branch

Contracted services 2017-19

Klamath County Public Health is contracted to perform equity work during the 2017-19 biennium. Funding has been secured for for a special project through Oregon Health Authority’s Health Promotion Chronic Disease Prevention division.

In this quarter KRHEC hopes to partner with OHSU School of Nursing students to have listening sessions with rural residents, including people of color, in Malin, Merrill and Bonanza. Valeree hopes to partner with the Klamath Tribes to have listening sessions at elder weekly luncheons and with the Tribal Youth Council. (She will perform this work herself.)

The specific topics are tobacco use, and substance abuse, including alcohol. HPCDP is in the process of reviewing is State Health Improvement Plan, and needs to hear from regional communities.

Key Definitions From the Health Equity Institute

  • Health Equity: Attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Health Equity means efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.
  • Health Inequities: Differences in health that are avoidable, unfair, and unjust. Health inequities are affected by social, economic, and environmental conditions.
  •  Health Disparities: Differences in health outcomes among groups of people