Our programs give Oregonians the tools to stay healthy as well as offer health care providers a chance to contribute to a social justice-oriented organization. The PANOW team is proud to be involved in a range of state-wide leadership initiatives, advising on state-level policy decisions that have an impact on our region and clients.
Our Advocacy Committee gives voice to those served by Project Access NOW and like-minded organizations by influencing the perspectives of those who make and shape policy. Interested in joining the Advocacy Committee? Learn more about board and committee work.
• Ensure health care providers and social service entities are equipped with the technology to efficiently communicate and promote access to medical and non-medical resources that impact health.
• Advocate for health data privacy protections.
• Relevant Policies Include: Community Information Exchange, LC 440 Confidentiality in REALD & SOGI Data, HB 3039, and HB 3159.
• Ensure all Oregonians have access to affordable health care coverage and are provided with culturally-specific assistance while enrolling in coverage.
• Advocate for the adoption of new policies that will expand eligibility for state-sponsored coverage.
• Advocate for the role of community-based organizations within the Medicaid system as the leading voice in the fight for health equity and equal access to health care.
• Relevant policies may include: HB 4035 (Bridge Plan), Public Option LC, Universal Health Plan proposal, and State-Based Marketplace LC.
• Ensure all Oregonians—regardless of immigration status or identity—have access to health care services.
• Improve utilization of non-medical care team members, such as Traditional Health Workers (THWs), Community Health Workers (CHWs), and navigators.
• Collaborate with our partners to promote easy access to recommended vaccinations.
• Advocate for equitable access to behavioral health services for all Oregonians.
• Relevant policies may include: Measure 110 and LC 502 Payer Parity in Behavioral Health Crisis Services.