The first week of April, April 2-8th, 2018, is National Public Health Week. This year, the Public Health Division and the County will use this week to focus on the launch of Community Powered Change, a community-driven implementation phase of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Community Powered Change is a community-driven and Multnomah County and Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA) supported initiative to campaign for health equity. Focusing on the experiences of Multnomah County communities, and particularly communities of color, will model equitable practices and move towards the elimination of health inequities.
On Thursday, April 5 the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will vote on a proclamation proclaiming the first week of April as Public Health Week. Additionally, the Community Powered Change website will officially launch that day, though you can find the soft-launch of the site here. Celebrating National Public Health Week in this way will pave the way for formally acknowledging Community Powered Change and adopting equitable practices in the future.