Building a Foundation of Health

Portland Art Museum, Mark_Building

Portland Art Museum, site of this year’s conference

Join us September 14, 2016 for our 8th Annual We Can Do Better Conference at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR.

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This year’s WCDB conference will explore the effects of three social determinants, trauma, homelessness and employment on health and wellness based on a modified Maslow’s hierarchy of need .

These themes support the identification of critical areas of need by the OHA’s statewide assessment. Communities struggle with unique challenges that affect the ability to successfully function and access societal supports to have meaningful lives.

The conference will follow and engage populations impacted by these focal points and those who serve them. We will look across levels of attainment to gain an authentic understanding of the real (first person narratives) stories, needs, resources, innovative policy possibilities ,programs being developed and visions for the future.

We will begin at the most primal physiological level of securing food and shelter. We will then illustrate the individuals’ progress upward through the hierarchy of needs. A final indicator of achieving holistic wellness is the ability to participate in self-actualization, advocacy and civic engagement and a more meaningful life.

We Can Do Better is not your typical non-profit, and each year we host a not-so-typical conference as illustrated by this comment. To get a flavor of our conference, please see our page about last year’s event.

Contact us if you want to help plan, volunteer the day of or contribute to our scholarship fund so everyone who wants to attend can Learn, Connect and Act.

Guest Speaker Sneak Peak

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D.

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D.

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D., is co-founder of The Capuia Foundation and chief medical director for Volunteers of America (VOA) Oregon, a local branch of the national organization that provides social services throughout the U.S. In addition to her role as chief medical director for VOA Oregon, she continues her tenure at OHSU as executive director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing and as an assistant professor of Public Psychiatry.

She holds several distinct honors, among them being the first African-American native Oregonian to become a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist, Portland Business Journal 2016 ’40 Under 40.’

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury

Frequently tapped to advise on matters of medicine, public health and education, she serves on several boards to include: Trustee on the Oregon Historical Society Board, a recent appointee to the Oregon Health Policy Board Healthcare Workforce Subcommittee, appointed by Mayor Charlie Hales to the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), which is a board that oversees the Department of Justice’s mandated reform for the Portland Police Bureau, I Have a Dream Oregon, and is a former appointee to the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs.

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will be a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Chair Kafoury will address mental health, addictions and homelessness issues and solutions in Multnomah County.

Rep. Joe Gallegos

Rep. Joe Gallegos

Representative Joe Gallegos (D-30), serves on the Human Services and Housing Committee, as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, and as a member of the Transparency Commission to ensure your government is working for you. Rep. Gallegos was key in implementing HB 4002, the trauma informed education bill. A bill developed to provide a statewide plan by school districts and education service districts to implement trauma-informed policies and practices.

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