What We Do

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition is made up of over 25 organizations representing the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Jefferson County and the Central Oregon region.  Our focus centers on building awareness and understanding of different cultures.   Our goal is to facilitate inclusive conversations by seeking out the voices of all members in our community. We are one of six RHEC organizations in the state of Oregon.

Our History

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 500 people have attended a series of workshops 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. The goal is to develop policy changes to address 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 people of color, people with fewer financial resources, LGBTQ communities, people living with disabilities and those with mental illness or addiction difficulties.

Our Objectives

• To create a Coalition of organizations and community members who are committed to fostering equity and fairness within the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Jefferson County.
• To collect existing data on disparities in Jefferson County and Warm Springs, and to create assessments 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 a regional five year plan, which will change POLICY in the region to improve equity and well-being in our community.