Background and Process

Healthier Together Oregon is our 2020 – 2024 State Health Improvement Plan. It was developed with over 100 people from 68 organizations. They guided us to understand the direction we want to go and how we should get there. Read about the development process in our full plan.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and partners have been building this plan for some time, but will start putting it into effect as a part of our COVID-19 response.

A lot of sections in the plan propose changes to address social problems that have existed for years. They need immediate as well as long-term solutions.

The people who helped to develop the plan agreed that it should focus on priority populations that face challenges to good health.

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  • A woman living with down syndrome is working in the garden and holding a pot with flowers
  • A ranch hand holding the lead line for a horse that is standing behind him

Priority populations for Healthier Together Oregon

  • Black, Indigenous, people of color, and American Indian/Alaska Native people (BIPOC-AI/AN)
  • People with low-income
  • People with disabilities
  • People living in rural areas of the state
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+)
  • Immigrants and refugees

Steering Committee

Healthier Together Oregon has a steering committee called the PartnerSHIP. It provides guidance, oversight and direction to put the plan into action. It is made up of representatives from priority populations and those helping to implement the plan. To learn more, click here.

  • An outdoor volunteer event where the volunteer coordinator is shaking the hand of a volunteer who is just starting the day
  • Two female co-workers communicating with each other
  • A collaborative, engaging office meeting

What We Commit To

Under the direction of the PartnerSHIP, OHA will provide overall coordination for this work. Progress depends on partnership with others. This plan needs trust and engagement from people and communities throughout our state.

OHA will work to:

  • Connect partners that may not have worked together before
  • Coordinate across state and local agencies in our work
  • Bridge the divide between rural and urban areas
  • Lift up the work of community-based organizations

We commit to hold ourselves accountable by focusing on data and outcomes to help measure progress.

To learn more about how we will measure progress visit our data page.