An Update from Project Access NOW – August 2020

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Dear Friend,

Our Outreach, Enrollment, and Access (OEA) team continues to work hard to make sure all in Oregon have medical coverage. Nuestro equipo de OEA continúa trabajando fuerte para asegurarse que usted tiene cobertura médica.

Watch an update from our team at: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3840092069350913&extid=J0s2ie4ToxrVuIzL

En Español: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=688767788345525&extid=LeBD4dlV7smMXZ6L

To get help from the OEA team / Para obtener ayuda del equipo de OEA:

Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.

This website provides easily accessible resources for those most vulnerable to extreme heat.

More at: www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREPAREDNESS/PREPARE/Pages/PrepareforExtremeHeat.aspx

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el calor extremo y la salud pública: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served//ls8817i.pdf

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Agosto es el Mes Nacional de la Vacunación


Parents are understandably nervous about taking their children and teens to their doctors’ offices right now. As a result, children in Oregon are falling behind on their childhood vaccinations.
Some tips from the Oregon Health Authority:
  • Before rescheduling any upcoming childhood vaccination or well visit appointments, call your child’s health care provider to find out if the appointment can remain as scheduled and what precautions they are taking to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
  • Many health care providers’ offices are taking special precautions such as ensuring children who are well are kept separate from sick children.
  • Many providers are limiting the number of people who can go with a child to their appointment and are taking temperatures of all family members before allowing them into the building.
  • Some providers are providing drive-up vaccine programs.
  • With so many people out of work and without health insurance, it’s important to know you can still keep your child safe. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers free vaccines to families who cannot afford to pay for their children’s vaccines. Call 211 to find out more about VFC.
  • If your children need health insurance, they may be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). It is open to all children and teens younger than 19, regardless of immigration status, who meet income and other criteria. Project Access NOW can help! www.projectaccessnow.org/outreach-enrollment-and-access
More/ Más:

From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

In the U.S., approximately 15 percent of adults over age 18 report trouble hearing. Cloth face coverings obscure facial features, disrupting speech perception and the emotion conveyed by the speaker. As a result, communication suffers, and feelings of stress and isolation may increase.

More/ Más: www.oregon.gov/dhs/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/Conversation-face-covering-instructions.pdf

More/ Más: www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/nidcd-director-message/cloth-face-coverings-and-distancing-pose-communication-challenges-many

Project Access NOW is hiring!

Current open positions:

  • Regional Care Coordinator – Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Premium Assistance Program Coordinator – Bilingual Spanish/English

Read more and apply at: www.projectaccessnow.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/

We hope your August was spent safely enjoying summer weather! As our staff continues to focus on helping families in need, we are shifting our newsletter to once monthly. We will still share updates frequently on our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) and can be contacted at our offices five days per week (by phone (503) 345-6553 or email info@projectaccessnow.org).

Keep in touch, and stay well!


All of us at Project Access NOW

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