Mission Statement

ORPRN's mission is to improve health outcomes and equity for all Oregonians through community partnered dialogue, research, coaching, and education. 

Diversity Commitment

ORPRN is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist organization. We do so by evaluating how we develop and support our workforce, the partnerships we uphold and how we engage in community-partnered dialogue, research, coaching and education throughout Oregon.

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Message from Nancy Elder, ORPRN Director

ORPRN's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism

Nancy Elder, M.D., ORPRN Director

Over the past 18 months, ORPRN, like other academic and healthcare institutions, has been actively reexamining its role in systemic racism and evaluating and implementing strategies and actions to make us a more diverse and inclusive organization. I want to update you on some of our activities and progress in this important work.

Spring 2019: As part of a strategic planning initiative, ORPRN leadership resolved to develop a diverse ORPRN workforce that creates and implements inclusive and anti-racist research, projects and programs that advance the ORPRN mission.

Winter 2019: During our yearly retreat, all ORPRN faculty and staff participated in an unconscious bias training.

Summer 2020: Sixteen non-leadership ORPRN staff created and participated in anti-racism book groups. Participants reflected that the groups, “helped many of us to better recognize our own racism and develop more humility around our blind spots.”

Summer 2020: The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (DEIAR) Workgroup was formed within ORPRN with faculty and staff volunteering to guide ORPRN toward developing and achieving diversity and anti-racism goals. With so many new staff, all of ORPRN participated in another unconscious bias training, while our supervisors also participated in an unconscious bias training for hiring managers.

Fall 2020: ORPRN prepared and presented a Diversity Action Plan to the School of Medicine. A team of five staff and faculty from the DEIAR Workgroup, with input from many ORPRN staff and our ORPRN Advisory Board, created our plan. In it, we outlined our strategic plans to increase the diversity of our staff, both by recruitment and retention, enact policies and activities that enhance inclusion, cultural awareness and communication around diversity, and create partnerships and research with diverse populations that directly address racism and health equity.

Winter 2020: The DEIAR Workgroup surveyed ORPRN faculty and staff about their experiences working at ORPRN. While the anonymous survey (completed by 40 employees) demonstrated that most employees (92%) agreed that people of all cultures and backgrounds are respected and valued in our workplace, there are key gaps in communication and support that we need to address.

Spring 2021: While ORPRN remains a predominantly white organization, our recruitment and hiring processes now include posting positions on sites that have dedicated outreach to people of color, and our hiring panels have standardized processes and include more diversity in their makeup. A new practice and partner database currently being developed will allow us to collate information on race, ethnicity, gender and rurality from our partner practices, allowing us to better seek out and recruit practices with diverse staff and that serve diverse communities in our projects.

The DEIAR Workgroup has created and disseminated a new statement of diversity for ORPRN, which will guide us (along with our mission statement and vision) in all future hiring, research and projects:

ORPRN is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist organization. We do so by evaluating how we develop and support our workforce, the partnerships we uphold and how we engage in community-partnered dialogue, research, coaching and education throughout Oregon.

— Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H.