Central Oregon Health Equity Storytelling Project

The Central Oregon Health Equity Task Force, in partnership with the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition, is very proud to present a 35 minute video featuring community members sharing their experiences accessing local health services.  Please click on the links below to view the video.

Quicktime Video file:    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38607583/Health%20Equity%20Video%20Final%2019.1.mov

mp4 file version for PC and iPads:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/38607583/Health%20Equity%20Video%20Final%2019.1.mp4

The Task Force is also excited to share the voices and stories of our community through the Central Oregon Health Equity Task Force Report.  This report includes community wisdom and recommendations on what creates a more equitable and inclusive experience when receiving health services.  Please click on the link below to download the report.

CO Health Equity Task Force Report

LPSCC Resolution Passes!

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition partners with Jefferson County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) to promote Equity within the justice system

Resolution Signing 032Madras, OR (November 22, 2013) – The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition, based in Jefferson County and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, has been working in collaboration with the Jefferson County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) on a Resolution that will ensure a system-wide approach for ensuring cultural competency training for justice system professionals.  The Coalition and LPSCC worked collaboratively to draft a Resolution that encourages fair and equitable treatment at every stage of the justice system, as well as encourages justice system agencies to adopt policies requiring ethics and cultural competency training.  To view a copy of the Resolution, click here: LPSCC Resolution.

Resolution Signing 022 The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition is one of three regional equity coalitions (REC) formed in Oregon to address policies and other social factors that influence health and lifelong wellness in underrepresented populations.

“Any training that can make us better at our jobs is worth pursuing.” said Dan Ahern, Presiding Circuit Court Judge and LPSCC member,  “If training can be given that improves our ability to work with the people of diverse cultures who come into contact with our respective agencies, we have made good use of our training time.”

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition, comprised currently of 25 local and regional organizations, is no stranger to this work. The group formed in 2008 and has Resolution Signing 039focused on building a sustained movement toward cultural competency and multicultural understanding. Since its inception, Let’s Talk has brought together over 550 community members from all backgrounds in 15 half to full-day diversity workshops to promote cultural competency. Collaboration with the justice system leaders in Jefferson County through LPSCC provides additional capacity for our communities to foster fair and equitable systems.

“We are seeing a movement toward cultural competency training as one policy solution to improve justice system outcomes” said Jeff Lichtenberg, Jefferson County Community Justice Director and LPSCC member. “To truly provide equitable treatment, we must have a multi-system approach to understand the backgrounds and cultures of those we serve and make sure system resources are culturally relevant.”

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition and the Jefferson County Local Public Safety Coordination Council held a public signing ceremony of the Resolution on Friday December 6th, 2013 @ 2:00pm at the Jefferson County Annex Building, 66 SE D St., Madras. Photos are from this event.

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CLEA Dance


On Saturday November 9th, Comunidad Latina en Accion (CLEA) hosted a dance fundraiser at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  CLEA is a community-driven group that aims to promote healthy eating and active living for all Latino families in Jefferson County.  The group consists of around 20 individuals who would like to see our community get healthier. The group has also selected a leadership team that consists of Guadalupe Estrada (President), Israel Reynoso (Vice President), Blanca Reynoso (Treasurer), and Gabriela Diaz (Secretary).

The dance brought together nearly 200 adults and 65 children.  It was wonderful to see all ages enjoying the music and dancing.  The Group Magnum 501 and DJ Dino donated their time and talents to play music for the dance.  Food vendors Tacos Emanuel and Eulalia Burgos from La Cabanita provided a healthy, delicious menu.  A raffle of donated prizes included four bikes and three gift baskets.  Bikes were donated by Reynoso Jewelry, Madras Produce, and Guadalupe Estrada.  Each bike winner also received a helmet from Safe Routes to School.  Gift baskets were donated by the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition and the Jefferson County Health Department-Healthy Communities program.  Madras Athletic Club also provided several complimentary introductory memberships.  A big thank you to all who helped make this dance a success! 

  The funds raised from the dance will support future fitness activities and nutrition education for the Latino community.  This fall and winter, CLEA will be offering a Zumba Class, Volleyball, and a Cross Fit Training Class.  Zumba will be every Friday from 5:30-6:30pm Nov. 22nd to Jan. 17th at Studio K for parents and children 8 years and up.  CLEA will also be meeting for Volleyball through the Family University Program at Madras Primary every Wednesday night from 6:00-8:00pm.  Finally, the Cross Fit Training class will run every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm at the Madras Athletic Club Nov. 18th to Jan. 6th for children 12 and up and their parents. These activities are offered to the community free of charge.  We invite everyone interested to attend and help CLEA in building a stronger, healthier Latino community. 

For more information, please contact either Erin Tofte (541-325-5001 ext. 4221) or Minda Morton (541-325-5040).  You can also find out more about Comunidad Latina en Accion on the Facebook page “CLEA.”