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Southeast Portland


Baby Booster is focused on the Southeast neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, an area that includes Lents Neighborhood and the Jade District. Multnomah County data shows that this area suffers from high incidence of low-birthweight, infant mortality and teen pregnancy. With a concentrated effort of partners in housing, healthy, and other sectors, Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Southeast will grow with the support of the BBZ Technical Assistance Center (TAC) funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


ROSE Community Development, a community-based organization that serves outer southeast neighborhoods, is the lead agency of Baby Booster. Partners include the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, the Children’s Institute, Earl Boyles SUN School, Metropolitan Family Services, Multnomah County Health Department, NAYA Native American Family Center, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland State University, Zenger Farm and, most importantly, neighborhood parents. Funders include the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund/Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and the United Way.


  • Increase healthy weight of babies and close the gap among racial and ethnic groups
  • Ensure that families have stable, affordable housing
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing and design it to meet the needs of families with young children
  • Ensure that families have enough food to eat and can access it
  • Ensure that families have access to healthcare and services they need to live a healthy life
  • Ensure that families have access to good paying jobs that meet basic needs, allow for the survival of financial emergencies, and build wealth
  • Support community organizing that builds resident leadership and power
  • Organize parents to revitalize outer southeast without displacing low-income families and communities of color