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Oregon: Healthy Places, Healthy People Project (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary below provides a description of a Portland, Oregon project that received a cooperative agreement from EPA’s former Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program in 2008. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed.

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


Healthy Places, Healthy People Project
Portland, Oregon
EPA Region 10

The Healthy Places, Healthy People Project is a recipient of a Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement. The Josiah Hill, III Clinic (JHC), the lead organization for the project, was formed in 1997 from a volunteer effort by the late physician assistant and community activist, Josiah Hill, III. Healthy Places, Healthy People will focus the project’s efforts in North/Northeast Portland. North/Northeast Portland is a geographic community comprised of approximately 30 Portland neighborhoods that represent part of the city's most under-served, and often under-represented, diverse residents. The project will focus on reducing toxins found in and around home environments, educating landlords and property owners about less toxic alternatives for maintenance and building, and promoting green alternatives for goods and services.

Established CARE Partners: Enterprise Community, Multnomah County Health Department - Environmental Health, Multnomah County - Sustainability Program, North/ Northeast Business Association, Lutheran Community Services, Portland State University, Northeast Health Foundation and Organizing People - Activating Leaders.