OSBHA February Newsletter

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In this month's newsletter, we interviewed Shian Gutierrez, our new Community Partnerships Coordinator. Shian is working to strengthen partnerships with Latino/a/x focused organizations to ensure that OSBHA's work supports the needs of Latino/a/x youth across Oregon.

What brings you to this work?
My passion in education and human development, plus my own personal life experiences as a woman of color, have led me to focus my work on social justice, collaboration, and connecting around a common purpose. Together we are stronger, and this job provides an opportunity to work in community to create inclusive, fair, and accessible healthcare.

What excites you most about being the Community Partnership Coordinator at OSBHA?
The opportunity to elevate the voices of Latinx youth and families. I strongly believe in the impact these voices can have to improve the quality of life in their communities, who for the most part have been underrepresented, misunderstood and marginalized.

What are two things you love to do when you're not at work?
My daily dose of cuddles and outdoor time with Lola, my dog. Being outdoors with my family is some of my favorite moments. The PNW is truly a beautiful wonderland. I also love cooking with my family; some flavors can reconnect us with the warmth of our Mexican roots.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it to advance health equity?
I would overturn any law and policy not created on the basis of love, and empathy.

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