Through our work with BIPOC and Immigrant families, we strive to improve access to health resources and increase greater awareness about issues impacting health equity for BIPOC community members. Efforts in this area have included partnering with organizations to provide vaccination clinics, free health screenings, local research studies, and various communication platforms.
Women's Mosaic- Vancouver, WA
The Women’s Mosaic, presented in partnership with Grace Continuum on KXRW, is a women's health-focused podcast. It explores the real lives of local women through story-rich interviews, where co-hosts Karen Morrison and Elizabeth Madrigal examine the efficacy and impact of local services in relation to the diversity found within Vancouver's female population. The podcast provides unique perspectives, enables resource sharing and promotes community calls-to-action.
Each month new episodes are released and previous episodes are available for streaming online by KXRW at
Since 2018, Angelou's Angels has offered a judgement-free and confidential safe space for African-American women to speak candidly and encourage one another in the spirit of sisterhood for African American women living in Vancouver, WA and surrounding areas. Whether it is a Christmas gift giveaway or School supply drive, Angels make up our core group of volunteers throughout the year, truly blessing the lives of those the group touches.
For more information about the group, please visit its website: https://www.angelousangels.org/
Vaccine and Testing Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic hit Black and Brown communities especially hard in Vancouver, WA. We worked in partnership with SWEC, Seeds of Greatness, and other organizations to provide PPE, Free COVID home-tests, Free Mobile Vaccine and Testing Clinics, and promoted vaccinations among communities of color.
Research Study: Cost of COVID
In the 2021-2022 academic year, OWI Education Services presented a research project to Portland State University undergraduate students taking the course "Measuring People and Communities in an Urban Context". The students were asked to focus on the financial and social impacts of COVID infections and COVID-related deaths within the Black community of Clark County.
The three reports given included:
Cost of Hospitalizations - Jose Resendiz
To view more information about students' findings and the researchers, please go to our page, New Study: Cost of COVID