Established in 2004, the Oregon Latino Health Coalition is a collaboration of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting health and wellness and reducing Latino health disparities through advocacy, prevention, education, and sharing of resources.
Advocacy: The coalition strives to develop and support statewide policies to reduce disparities within Latino communities by identifying and addressing health disparities faced by Latinos, as well as reviewing and supporting policies that improve Latino wellness.
Education: The coalition initiates and supports strategies to improve health equity and quality of life for all Latinos through two main strategies. First, the coalition will increase competency and knowledge within Latino communities and among policy makers, providers, and the general public through leadership, communication, training, and developing relationships with institutions and organizations. Second, the coalition will increase health literacy and health education within Latino communities through social marketing and training.
Sharing of resources: The coalition provides a forum that fosters partnerships, shares resources, and disseminates information. Much time has been dedicated to establishing and developing a network of community members to share and inform regarding health resources within the Latino community. Other approaches to sharing information are disseminating key policy proposals that directly affect Latino communities and developing and maintaining relationships with key partners at state, federal, and national levels.