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Engaging diverse communities

Legacy is serious about its commitment to the community and is a dedicated community partner. We want to actively build strong partnerships with our community partners, and to authentically engage the communities.

Engaging our diverse communities is one or our four goals in our diversity effort. Here are the areas we are addressing toward that goal:

Community needs assessment — Legacy takes part in a region-wide effort to identify health needs in the community and address health disparities for communities of color. Learn more here.

Community outreach — Legacy works with local organizations on a number of projects to help those in our community, such as:

  • We work with youth programs that provide health care experiences to people of color: the Legacy-run Youth Employment in Summer (YES) Program; plus partnerships with Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA), Hispanic Chamber and REAP.
  • We offer free or inexpensive prevention and early detection screenings in which more than 2,000 people attend each year, targeting communities at risk.
  • We partner with safety net clinics serving primarily communities of color on projects addressing health disparities such as health literacy and chronic disease management.

Supplier, vendor, procurement and contracting — Legacy has a strategy to offer opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses. We have been recognized by the National Association of Minority Contractors as the private organization that in 2009 provided the most exceptional support to Oregon minority contractors. Our expenditure to diverse suppliers is about $20 million a year.

Volunteerism — Legacy employees serve on some 110 boards and committees, as well as donating about 2,200 volunteer hours a year. We support many annual diversity events: Partners in Diversity, African American Health Coalition Walk, LGBTQ Pride Parade.

Community donations — Highlights of our community commitments:

  • Since 1998, we have run the Community Health Fund, a $10-million fund for major health initiatives in the Portland-Vancouver area. Through 2015, we had granted $7.3 million to the community; 62 percent of that money given to projects serving communities of racial and ethnic diversity. Read more about the fund here.
  • We provide free office space on our campuses to six nonprofit and faith-based organizations, three of which are culturally specific organizations. The office space represents $76,000 in donations to these organizations each year.
  • Our non-cash donations to the community is more than $3 million a year, including such services as mammography tests, flu shots, clinical training and surplus equipment and furniture.