One Community Health: A testament to collaboration

This Friday, June 11, One Community Health will be administering Pfizer vaccines in style, offering food and live music to all who attend their event in the Dalles. Preventative Health Manager Gladys Rivera readily admits that the event is more of a celebration than a formal clinic. After all, Wasco County has almost reached 65%. […]

Peer support helps people experiencing homelessness overcome vaccine hesitancy

By: Julie Showers During Blanchet House of Hospitality’s lunch and dinner hours, you will find Jennifer Coon on the sidewalk talking with guests in line for food. A petite woman in a yellow safety vest, Coon offers assistance to people struggling to survive in downtown Portland. And she is busy. Within one hour, she brought […]

Vaccine Voices: Oregon House Rep. Ricki Ruiz gets his jab so he can visit his family

Representative Ricki Ruiz, 26, is one of Oregon’s youngest legislators. Since 2020, he has represented Oregon House District 50 which covers the indigenous lands of Chinook and Cowlitz that make up Gresham and East Portland.  He received his second shot of Pfizer vaccine at Holy Redeemer School in North Portland, recently, at a clinic run by Multnomah County Public Health with community partners.    “I’m very impressed with this operation,” he […]

OHA team finds a way to bring testing and vaccines to communities

Last fall, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Testing Program Manager, Kristen Donheffner came up with a plan to create more access to COVID-19 testing in Oregon.   “You know I had this kind of wild idea,” Kristen said. “How about we get some vans? They could drive to a farm and test people right where they are. They could […]

Reaching people where they are 

Some of our neighbors may find it challenging to get to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Folks who live in remote areas. People who can’t get time off work. Individuals who are houseless. To reach people where they are, local public health workers are getting creative.   Neva Anderson is an emergency manager and recently led an effort to get […]

Welcome news on vaccine eligibility: What you need to know

Today, we are excited to announce changes to Oregon’s vaccine eligibility schedule based on new information about increased allocation from the federal government. As of now, about 58 percent of Oregonians age 65 and older have been vaccinated. We are on a trajectory to vaccinate more than seven out of 10 by March 29, which […]