Madras vaccination clinic doubles as block party and resource fair

To improve access to vaccines and community resources, Thrive Central Oregon and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently held a Fiesta del Barrio – Community Block Party and Resource Fair – at an affordable housing property in Madras where many agricultural workers and their families live.

LoveOne offers ‘love, respect and dignity. One load of laundry at a time’

The man approaching LoveOne volunteer Stephanie posed something of a predicament. He needed to do his laundry, but everything he needed to wash he was wearing. Searching her car, Stephanie managed to rustle up a complete set of clothing. Problem solved. And more. That one act snowballed and LoveOne now offers a collection of clothing to its neighbors in need.

Salem restaurant pitches in to feed thousands during wildfires, ice storms and COVID-19 vaccination clinics

On Oct. 12 last year, Jeff Gilbert was notified he had five days to come up with a way to provide three meals a day to hundreds of wildfire survivors. “Five days notification!” Gilbert exclaimed. Gilbert is a Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Human Services Emergency Management Unit. He also serves as […]

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit now available for people with disabilities

A COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for people with disabilities is now available on the OHA Community Resources web page.   The toolkit includes new Frequently Asked Questions with information specific to people with disabilities. Common questions include medication interaction, what to do about accessibility issues at clinics, immunocompromising health conditions and much more.  Also included are two social stories, which are visual versions of important information, ASL videos, […]