Health Equity

Health Equity

Welcome to NAYA’s Health Equity program!

Grounded in the Relational Worldview Model, NAYA believes in holistically addressing all the factors that contribute to a person, family, and community’s health and well-being. As such, our Health Equity Program has steadily grown in capacity and scope.

Our team works collaboratively within the community to provide trauma-informed and science-based information, services, and resources to clients. Informed and rooted in traditional Indigenous knowledge of wellness and balance, our work aims to address inequities in the health of Portland’s Native community and supplement the public health services available. NAYA works with the community to create culturally tailored and accessible programing while advocating for better services such as:

  • Family wellness programming
  • Fitness classes
  • Health policy advocacy
  • Networking and resource sharing
  • Mental health groups, talking circles, and traditional wellness opportunities
  • Referrals to partner organizations

What is Health Equity?

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

NAYA is a Proud Member of the Future Generations Collaborative

NAYA is among the many local organizations that make up the Future Generations Collaborative (FGC). The FGC is a laterally run group that operates within Multnomah County. FGC focuses on four modes (engagement, education, policy, and evaluation) to help create tangible change in our local Indigenous communities. Partner organizations bring different skills and experience to the collaborative to further the shared goal of bettering our community.

Please check our events calendar to stay up-to-date on our current programming.