Equity Stories



Watch this ten minute video for an overview of the Equity Stories Project and an introduction to some of the project’s most compelling stories.


Capturing the Stories Behind the Equity Atlas Data and Maps  

East Portland Action PlanThe exceptional quality of life in the Portland-Vancouver region should be accessible to all who live here, but disparities in the distribution of resources and opportunities mean that not all communities benefit from the opportunities the region provides. The Regional Equity Atlas allows us to visualize the region’s geography of opportunity, but behind every map are real people who are living with disparities every day. The Equity Stories Project was created to share the experiences of people throughout our region whose lives are affected by the patterns shown on the Equity Atlas maps.  

The organizations that participated in the project represent a diverse array of people and neighborhoods from across the metro region. They include Adelante Mujeres, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Colton Helping Hands Food Bank, Community Alliance of Tenants, East Portland Action Plan, Groundwork Portland, the Healthy Neighborhoods Coalition, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, JOIN, Northwest Housing Alternatives, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and Street Roots.  

With support from photographer Julie Keefe of the Hello Neighbor Project and filmmaker Tom Miller of PrettyGoodProductions, participants from these organizations used photography, video, interviews, and personal narratives to examine equity conditions in their communities and share their experiences.

Their stories are powerful reminders of the disparities people experience every day. But they also remind us of the richness, diversity, and resilience of the communities across our region. We hope these stories will support work across the region in moving forward changes in policy, planning, and strategic investments to create a more equitable region.  

The Equity Stories Project is funded by grants from the Northwest Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.




Joseph Santos-Lyons, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon talks about the power of stories.