What We Do
The Central Oregon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CODEI) Committee advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to eliminate health inequities and realize health and well-being for all people living in Central Oregon. Collectively we are committed to:
We move toward action in solidarity with our neighbors to actively and positively impact our agencies and communities.
We carry the burden of history and a better future together, responsible to each other and ourselves for the space and energy we give and take.
The direction we seek is bigger than any one of ourselves or agencies. We actively work to see a broader perspective, gain deeper insight, self-reflect, and work toward equitable representation of diverse identities.
This is courageous work. We choose to lean into the discomfort we experience, knowing we grow in understanding and relationships.
Our lived experiences and need for safety are as true and diverse as we are. It is through invitation, curiosity, and listening that we reach our greatest shared understanding and commitment to transformative action.
- Work from a shared understanding of the health needs of the Central Oregon community and the barriers to equitable access and outcomes.
- Develop leadership and influence in addressing health disparities at all levels of our health care systems.
- Develop policies and practices that prevent, address, and remedy disparities in our organizational culture and operations.
- Engage with diverse community partners and stakeholders with cultural and linguistic competency.
- Improve access to and utilization of data, research, and evaluation outcomes in addressing health disparities.
Current Focus, Actions, and Progress
CODEI Action Plan (Full Format)
CODEI Action Plan (Summary)
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Background to COHC’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
Board of Directors’ Strategic Direction: Identify and Address Inequities
REALD Demographic Data on Board of Directors and Partners
Juniper Mountain Counseling
Deschutes County Health Services
Health Care Policy Consultant
Hannah Brace, MPAff
Jefferson County Public Health
Executive Director, Central Oregon Health Quality Alliance
Regional Outreach Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority
Jefferson County Public Health
St. Charles Health System
Miguel Angel Herrada
East Cascade Works
Better Together / Early Learning Hub
Outreach Coordinator for Health Careers, Central Oregon Community College
Mary Ann Wren, BSDH, EPP
Manager Community Care, Advantage Dental from DentaQuest
Executive Director, Volunteers in Medicine
If you would like to regularly receive our monthly meeting calendar invitation and meeting materials, please contact one of COHC’s project managers:
Join This Committee
We are open to anyone interested in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to ensure that all people in the Central Oregon region experience health and well-being. We meet virtually on the first Wednesday of every month from 8:30 to 10 am. Monthly meeting details are available in the linked meeting packets below. Packets are posted a week before each meeting.