What We Do
The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition is located in Jefferson County and is made up of over 25+ organizations from the Central Oregon region including the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Our focus centers underepresented communities in the foreground to build awareness for understanding that our communities are comprised of different cultures. One of our primary goals are to facilitate inclusive conversations by seeking out the voices of all members in our community, beyond representation and in to contributors of community decisions.
Formed in 2008, the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition was originally created to facilitate conversations that encourage cultural knowledge and multicultural understanding within the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Jefferson County. Over 600 people have attended a series of trainings focused on cultural awareness and diversity provided by the Coalition.
In 2011, the Coalition, with Bestcare Treatment services as its fiscal agent, received a Regional Health Equity Coalition grant from the Oregon Health Authority. In 2016, the LTDC voted to filed for 501c3 status, elected a board of directors, and hired a new executive director. In 2017, the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition filed for 501c3 status and was granted becoming an independent non-profit organization. 2018 the LTDC moved to no longer being a funded Regional Health Equity Coalition. Currently, Northwest Health Foundation and the State’s Public Health Division are the primary funders of the coalition’s new phase.
LTDC’s goals include developing policy changes to address systemic inequities in education, transportation, recreation, job creation and other factors that influence the health and wellness in underrepresented populations. These include, but are not limited to communities of color, people with fewer financial resources, LGBTQ communities, people living with disabilities and those with mental illness or addiction difficulties.
- To create a Coalition of organizations and community members who are committed to fostering equity and fairness within the Central Oregon region with a primary focus on both the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Jefferson County.
- To collect existing data on disparities in rural counties in Central Oregon: Jefferson and Crook county, as well as the confederated tribes of Warm Springs. To collaborate and create surveys where none are available in order to assess community equity and fairness.
- To build capacity within the Coalition and the community through trainings, communication and relationship building to lead social justice and policy change in the region.
- To create an ongoing regional plan, which will change POLICY in the region to improve equity and well-being in our community.