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Oregon Department of Human Services
Office of Multicultural Health

State (Location): Oregon
Grant Program: State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health, FY 2005-2009
Organization Name: DHS/Office of Multicultural Health
Organization Address: 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97232
Phone Number: (971) 673-1240
Fax Number: (971) 673-1128

Title of Project: Culturally Competent Approaches for the 21st Century
Project Director: Jenny Lee Berry (Interim Director)

Description of organization:
The Oregon Office of Multicultural Health (OR-OMH) plays a strong leadership role in helping the Dept. of Human Services/Public Health Division (PHD) focus attention on communities of color, Indian tribal governments and other multicultural groups. OR-OMH works to improve the health status of under-served and under-represented populations in Oregon through multicultural and culturally-competent approaches that influence the way in which health services are designed and delivered. Since the inception of the office in 1993, Oregon’s population has become much more diverse and this trend is projected to continue. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that Oregon’s Hispanic population will triple between 1995 and 2025 to 429,000 people. Oregon’s Black and Asian/Pacific Islander population is also projected to double in that period.

Description of project:
The OR-OMH’s project is aimed at developing more culturally-competent PHD staff and programs and increase satisfaction among racial and ethnic communities regarding PHD programs and services. Main activities to achieve these objectives are through convening PHD Cultural Competency trainings for staff, and providing statewide community outreach mini-grants to local community organizations. Case studies, practical tools and exercises helped staff relate to the diverse communities they serve and work with daily. The statewide mini-grant program provides funding for small, nonprofit organizations that conduct health promotion and education, and disease prevention activities through a culturally-appropriate approach. Organizations that have been funded thus far include:

  • Collective Care Services for an African American women’s retreat,
  • African American AIDS Awareness Action Alliance for 2008 Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,
  • International Center for Traditional Childbearing for a multicultural midwifery training curriculum,
  • Somali Refugee Community health needs assessment and
  • Korean American Senior Citizens of Oregon health venture senior outing event.

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