Alyshia Macaysa

Alyshia Macaysa
Location: Portland, Oregon Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Communications, Community/Civic Engagement, IT/Technology, Leadership Development, LGBTQ+ Health, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit, Violence and Trauma Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Homeless Populations, Immigrants and Refugees, Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated Populations, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Migrant Workers, Native/Tribal/Indigenous People, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), Urban Communities, Women's Health
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Alyshia Macaysa Consulting

Alyshia builds power with and for black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) peoples in place-based health equity initiatives. Her work centers on deepening the political consciousness of those most impacted by injustice and bringing a decolonized narrative to the field of public health in order to create liberated futures for marginalized people rooted in their cultures. Through this approach, Alyshia managed a birth outcomes initiative with the highest density of immigrants and refugees in Oregon’s Multnomah County, focused on affordable housing and community development. The initiative focused on planting cultural roots for families in the neighborhood by building and/or strengthening culturally relevant opportunity structures such as housing, community organizing, jobs, and more. Currently, Alyshia advises local governments on their community engagement and power-sharing models on initiatives related to technology and justice, data sovereignty, and public health.

Alyshia’s work, consciousness, and power is rooted in her lineage as a Native Hawaiian Filipina and her journey in understanding the continued physical and spiritual displacement of her people. This has driven her to work on advocating for resources and designing neighborhoods that build power for impacted peoples and honoring culture as *the* tool for health and ultimately, liberation.

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