Klamath County Public Health-
Health Promotion

Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition (KRHEC)

The Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition (KHREC) is one of six Regional Health Equity Coalitions (RHEC) in Oregon. The Regional Health Equity Coalitions are collaborative, community-driven cross sector groups organized regionally to identify policy, system and environmental solutions that increase health equity for underserved and underrepresented communities experiencing health disparities. Coalitions build on the inherent strengths of their local communities to craft and implement sustainable, long-term solutions to decrease health disparities. The Coalitions work with coordinated care organizations (CCOs), local health departments, other health systems, and cross sector partners to serve as a bridge to communities experiencing health inequities.

The goals of the Regional Health Equity Coalitions are:
1.   Increase meaningful community engagement.
2.   Build and strengthen organizational capacity of the Regional Health Equity Coalition.
3.   Focus on policy and systems change as it relates to equity.
4.   Create social norm and environment change that increases understanding.
5.   Participation in reporting requirements.

KRHEC is the only Coalition housed within a local health department. In addition to KRHEC, we also have the Chiloquin First Coalition. To learn more about both of these organizations, including how to get involved, please visit the KRHEC website.


Key definitions from the Health Equity Institute:

Health Equity
Attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Health Equity means efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.

Health Inequities
Differences in health that are avoidable, unfair, and unjust. Health inequities are affected by social, economic, and environmental conditions.
Health Disparities
Differences in health outcomes among groups of people.

Program Contact:
Valeree Lane