Starting in 2014, HLC began building and supporting a network of Community Health Workers (CHWs), recruited from and working in the neighborhoods where they live. The CHWs understand and champion community needs, raise up community voices and help HLC promote policies and practices that enhance health and health equity in the region, while leveraging community wisdom. In 2018, several of those teams were transitioned to new homes at Youth and Family Link and Wahkiakum Health and Human Services, where they’ll continue building on their accomplishments to date. Read more about the CHW teams CLICK HERE.
The Southwest Washington Equity Coalition was created through collaboration between HLC, YWCA and the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington. This collaboration led to the creation of HLC’s equity training series. Hundreds of local leaders have participated in the trainings, which help participants establish a common language around equity issues and apply an equity lens to assess organizational policies and practices and identify opportunities to achieve greater equity.
HLC advocates for state and local policies that support health and equity in our communities. Each year, HLC partners work together to identify policy priorities. We then work to advocate for and support efforts to advance those priorities locally and at the state level.