These are Brave Space's current community projects. Interested in partnering with Brave Space? Please contact Cameron to discuss your idea - click here for Cameron's information. Want to support our work? Please consider donating - click here to learn more.
Police Brutality Community Response
In response to the most recent social movement against systemic racism and police brutality, Brave Space sought out ways to support those being most impacted by current events. We have taken several steps to help meet the needs of BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color), activists, and frontline workers:
Trauma Decompression & Peer Support
Brave Space is offering short-term peer support for activists and frontline workers. Services are short term, free, and do not create a health record. Your peer support may provide you with a validating and safe space to process your experience, some brief interventions for moving through acute trauma responses, brainstorming for finding longer term care strategies, and linkages to other support networks.
Please contact Kate for more info and to sign up.
PDX Defense Fund
The PDX Defense Fund is bailing out trans, queer, and BIPOC activists, as well as offering jail support by donating items directly to those being released. Brave Space has donated phone chargers and jackets directly to the jail support team. We ask our community to support the PDX Defense Fund by donating money or contacting the Defense Fund to see what items the jail support team may need (information below)
Donate: Venmo or Cashapp @DefenseFundPDX
Trans Houseless Community Brunch
Each month, Brave Space assembles clothes from our Clothing Collection to donate to the Trans Houseless Community Brunch, organized by the PDX Trans Housing Coalition and Greater Portland Trans Unity. We provide clothes for every size we have available, as well as shoes and accessories (including binders). Most recently, we were able to offer new underwear and socks, pronoun pins, and hand sanitizer. If you would like to help us continue to offer these items, please consider donating funds or contact Cameron to donate new, unopened items.
Transgender Health Workgroup with HealthShare of Oregon
Brave Space represents and advocates for Medicaid funded transgender and non-binary healthcare through our work with HealthShare Of Oregon's Transgender Health Workgroup. This group advises the HealthShare Clinical Advisory Board. Our primary initiatives at this time are streamlining and creating equity of services amongst the tri-county's medical health plans; building operational systems for easier workflow for members, providers, and insurers; and increasing the contracting the the medical health plans of trans-qualified health professionals.
Have important feedback about care within HealthShare? Contact Kate Kauffman
Organizational Consultation: Create your Brave Space
Brave Space provides organizational consultation and leadership development for professionals. Brave Space can help you develop "Emergent Strategy" informed organizational cultures [credit: adrienne maree brown]; build teams that support non-dominant clinicians and develop practices for "healing at work"; build infrastructure to pursue a COA with OHA for mental health agencies; assess and audit internal policies, practices, and paperwork for OHP compliance; navigate insurance contracting; and train staff in gender-informed care.
Want to learn more? Download the Brave Space Consulting Contract
Want to get started? Contact Kate Kauffman