BUILDing Health and Equity in East Portland is investing in urban infrastructure, particularly housing, transportation, access to healthy food, and green spaces. 

Key Partners

  • Oregon Public Health Institute​
  • Providence Health & Services​
  • Multnomah County Health Department​

In partnership with:​

  • Portland State University​
  • East Portland Action Plan (EPAP)​
  • Health Share of Oregon and Family Care​
  • Health Columbia Willamette Collaborative (HCWC) members ​
  • Upstream Public Health​
  • El Programa Hispano​
  • Latino Network

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Lack of infrastructure and urban development, including worsening transit access, scarce affordable housing, and food deserts
  • Historical lack of investment has resulted in traffic accidents, few opportunities for physical activity, and poverty
  • Toxic stress
  • High rates of chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity


BUILDing Health and Equity in East Portland, Oregon, is a historically underserved area of Portland with low levels of educational attainment and high rates of poverty.

Population growth has outpaced the development of food access, affordable housing, and other vital elements of urban infrastructure, resulting in health inequities and social disparities. These barriers to health have resulted in high rates of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity. ​ ​

BUILD will aim to end the cycle of toxic stress, reduce chronic disease and its causes, promote health equity, and reduce disparities. The partnership is connecting governmental, community, and business stakeholders to invest in the infrastructure of East Portland, improve health equity, and reduce health disparities in the region. ​