Making sure kids are prepared for school in Coos Bay

When Erlette Upshaw, executive director for Coos Elderly Services, and Dolly England, OHA Community Engagement program manager, were talking, Dolly mentioned that it would be cool to do a back-to-school initiative in Coos Bay. Dolly mentioned the comics, Beating Covid, that Northwest Disability Support had created to educate children and adults about COVID-19. Upshaw placed […]

Kids back in school? Make an appointment for routine vaccinations

Most kids in Oregon are either back in school already or will be soon. This is a great time to make sure your child is up-to-date on their routine immunizations.  In Oregon, children are required to receive certain childhood vaccines in order to attend school. Talk with your child’s health care provider about what vaccines your child needs to stay healthy this […]

School-Based Health Centers and vaccinations

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are a vital community tool for supporting young people’s health and well-being. Located in schools or on school grounds, these clinics provide medical care, behavioral health services and, often, dental services to school-aged youth. Oregon has over 75 SBHCs across the state which makes them easily accessible for many families.    Besides easy access, SBHCs offer services to all students in a youth-centered […]

Supporting vaccination efforts in Yamhill County

For people over 21, Spirit Mountain Casino provided a raffle to win concert tickets and realizing that some folks might have to go out of their way to get their vaccinations, they provided everyone with $5 gas cards. The casino also encouraged their staff to get the vaccine by providing a raffle for them. They […]

Beat COVID-19 at a fully accessible vaccination event

NW Disability Support (NWDS), the community-based organization that produced Fighting COVID, has put out a second comic called Beating COVID. Beating COVID features the story of new super heroes: the Super Vaccines! The comic is intended to address the need of having appropriate materials created for children and adults of all ages that can be […]

Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities and their families to get vaccinated

When they received the news that their organization would receive Health Equity Grant funds to reduce the sense of isolation in children with disabilities and their families, Creating Opportunities put on their khaki shorts and started planning a big drive-thru safari event. As a community-based organization for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities […]

Give it your best shot: NAMI Clackamas offers community vaccination celebration

Hope, health, acceptance and community make up NAMI Clackamas’s vision for everyone impacted by mental health issues. That same vision has led the organization’s efforts since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally founded as a fully volunteer-run organization, NAMI Clackamas is now staffed, but still relies on strong volunteer commitment to support and advocate […]

Reaching out to forestry workers for COVID-19 vaccinations in Jackson County

In the Medford area, there are more than 20 reforestation companies who hire forestry workers through the H-2B program. They are mostly young men who come from Mexico with temporary visas. Many of these workers do not have relatives here, do not know English and are not familiar with American culture. They travel close together in vans and […]

Sixteen-year-old is 1,000th vaccine recipient at Wasco site

It was all smiles for 16-year-old Isaias Moran as he became the 1,000th person vaccinated at the St. Mary’s Academy mobile vaccine unit in The Dalles on Friday. The mobile vaccine unit is located at the St. Mary’s Academy parking lot on the corner of 10th and Cherry Heights in The Dalles and offers Pfizer […]

Trust and accessibility make an impact at vaccine clinic in a Gresham flea market

Manuel Bejarano cares deeply about getting people in his community vaccinated, and not long ago he had an idea about how he could help make that easier for them. Manuel is the Business Manager at Paisanos Plaza, a flea market in East Multnomah County where the vendors and most of the customers belong to the Latino/Latina/Latinx community.   Manuel has wanted to bring free dental and medical services to Paisanos for a […]