Familias en Acción (Families) was founded in 1998, in response to the need for a culturally specific organization to promote the health of Latino/x/e communities. Familias' mission is to strengthen the health and well-being of Latino families and communities in Oregon.
Our members are primarily the Spanish-speaking Latino/x/e communities living in the Portland and Salem metropolitan regions, and we have currently made progress toward partnerships and outreach across the state.
Our services include:
- Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers: Provide COVID-19 support services, food access, and health navigation services for Latina/x/e individuals diagnosed with chronic illnesses, including cancer, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, HIV/STIs and cardiovascular diseases.
- Community health education, chronic disease self-management classes and Diabetes Prevention Program (PPD).
- HIV/STIs, Sexual Health: Engage Oregon's Latino/x/e communities to help identify and implement community-driven solutions that address the impact of HIV on our families and communities.
- Nutrition and Food Equity: Grandma, Mom and Me, our Food Equity and Nutrition curriculum, develops nutrition knowledge, epigenetic research, and advocacy skills around the link between food justice, social determinants of health, and equity health for families.
- Climate and health equity: Implementation of a Latino/x/e community plan for climate equity, health equity, and resilience.
- Our annual conference on Latino health equity and training health professionals online and in-person with continuing education units. The conference provides a forum to focus on individual and community issues that address health equity through research, programs and policies.