We hope our weekly update finds you well and offers useful resources for you – our community. With awareness that you may feel overwhelmed with COVID-19 information, we are sending only the most pertinent details about our evolving work as we respond to the crisis.
First, a resource from our partner Providence Health and Services (available in English, Español, and русский) to help you relax and recharge amid the extraordinary stressors of this time. These videos provide a short, guided meditation session focused on breathing and relaxation.
Second, we want to share information about our frontline response to the outbreak. In collaboration with our regional health systems partners, we are expanding our C3 Community Assistance Program (C3CAP) in response to the crisis. We have extended program hours to serve our hospital partners 12 hours a day (7am-7pm, Mon-Fri), and our service network now stretches from Medford, Oregon, west to the North Coast, and through Southwest Washington and includes Benton, Clark, Clackamas, Clatsop, Cowlitz, Jackson, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties. From expanding our geographic reach to partnering with more service providers across the Pacific Northwest – we are rising to meet the challenge and to aid in our collective response.
Under normal circumstances, members of historically marginalized communities face additional barriers to safe discharge from a hospital or emergency room. Lack of access to housing, transportation, and healthy food stand in the way of discharge and recovery (and may mean a trip back to the hospital for the same condition). C3CAP pairs these individuals with the resources they need to be safely discharged helping to use hospital staff and resources more efficiently, especially now during a time when inefficiencies can cost lives.
In response to COVID-19, Project Access NOW is working across Oregon and the region to answer the call from major hospital systems to expand our C3CAP program. This is a collaborative effort with key partners – including Kaiser Permanente, Providence Health and Services, Health Share of Oregon, CareOregon, and others – to understand the evolving nature of the outbreak and to help make available much needed hospital beds and equipment.
We invite you to consider those most negatively impacted in any time of crisis – low-income individuals, communities of color, and other marginalized groups in our community. For those who are able, donations are accepted online at www.projectaccessnow.org/
From all of us at Project Access NOW, be well.
Tim Hatfield, Chair
Project Access Now Board of Directors