Southwest Washington has a unique history of being a suburb of Portland and has attracted a large portion of our NHPI communities who often travel into Portland for employment and return home to SW Washington where they have settled due to more accessible housing. While our Southwest Washington NHPI communities are made up of our diverse Pasifika communities, our Chuukese community from the Federated States of Micronesian have built large networks and made Clark and Cowlitz county their home away from home. Our advocacy in SW Washington is catered to serving our Chuukese community and also all of our Pasifika families who also reside in the region. Due to state-based restrictions on public funding allocation, support often doesn’t cross the state border from Oregon into Washington. It is critical that our PICA-SW Washington Chapter supports local leadership in helping NHPI families access resources while building local NHPI leadership capacity to engage with systems that have historically not engaged our NHPI communities.
Our system partners include Clark County Health Department, Cowlitz County Health District, PeaceHealth & Kaiser Permanente. We hold once a month meetings to co-design local Southwest efforts to support our communities in accessing service provisions as well as drive local funding and policy priorities that life up our communities.