In 2020, Oregon Health Authority Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) hired Coraggio Group to plan, convene, and facilitate institutes for Regional Health Equity Coalition (RHECs) leaders, culturally specific Community Based Organizations (CBOs) leaders, tribal and county Alcohol Drug Prevention and Education Programs (ADPEP) grantees and tribal and county Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs (TPEP) grantees. The goal of the project is to co-create local tobacco and alcohol policy that ensures statewide strategic alignment and addresses equity considerations and risk factors for chronic disease.
A large piece of this work included developing an equity-centered policy change model for communities to use in their policy change efforts. Together with RHECs and HPCDP, we are implementing a health equity focused process to ensure that historically marginalized communities are included in the decision making and planning processes, facilitating group discussions about power sharing and systemic racism, surfacing potential biases, systematically integrating equity considerations into all planning and implementation of work, and looking for ways to make continuous improvements to work process and products.
Through this process, we co-created a new model that includes the following 15 key elements to consider at each step of the policy making process:
We are excited to be partners in solution with HPCDP, the RHEC’s, CBO’s and grantees as they build a new model and platform to drive equity centered policy changes within their communities.
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