Spring has sprung, and the world is feeling a bit more hopeful in 2021. (Our partner TV JAM is celebrating spring with this beautiful video of Portland’s cherry blossoms!)
In Oregon and nationally, all individuals 16+ are eligible (as of April 19th) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, with the federally-funded “American Rescue Plan” in effect, more individuals are eligible for help paying health insurance premiums. The federal health insurance marketplace has extended their special enrollment period through August 15th, and PANOW’s Outreach, Enrollment, and Access team is standing by to assist in English, Spanish / Español, Russian / русский, and Arabic / عربى. Despite concerning upticks in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in recent weeks, we can continue to socially distance, wear a mask, get vaccinated, and take other precautions to help keep our fellow Oregonians safe.
OUR INNOVATIVE, INTEGRATED APPROACH
Project Access NOW continues to provide support for patients and providers across Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are uniquely positioned to collaborate with our health system and community-based organizations and, because PANOW combines several multidisciplinary teams under one organization, our programs effectively address a broad range of issues making health care more efficient and equitably accessed.
INTRODUCING DELE OYEMAJA
We are excited to introduce Dele Oyemaja, Project Access NOW’s new Director of Equity and Advocacy
and the final member of our new Executive Team. Dele will work with PANOW’s board and staff to solidify and grow PANOW’s equity practices, as well as partner with our community organizations to advocate for policy change in support of our clients. Prior to joining Project Access NOW, Dele spent time as Co-Chair for Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) and as a consultant on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team at Metro.
Read more about Dele at: www.projectaccessnow.org/about-us/our-staff
SPOTLIGHT: PAM MARIEA-NASON
Our staff and board members have worked hard, especially over the past year, to improve the well-being of our community and to provide support for those most underserved by our regional health care system.
As part of a big THANK YOU to our hardworking team, we are highlighting a key individual this month.
Interview with Pam Mariea-Nason, PANOW board member
Tell us a little bit about yourself – what brought you to Project Access NOW and the board specifically?
I have had the privilege of working for several non-profit health care providers in the past, all of the organizations coordinated with Project Access Now. When I was at Tuality HealthCare, we valued the ability to help coordinate care for some of our richly diverse patients who didn’t fit neatly into our health care system. At CareOregon, we supported the organization’s goal of having clinical “encounters” documented and collecting data so we could understand both who we were helping and how the various health care systems were participating in donated care. At Providence, I was fortunate to be on the ground level of the development of the C3 Community Assistance Program (C3CAP) and witnessed the amazing difference we could make in helping people who were often at a crisis point, get what they needed to go home. Being on the Board has been a joy, working with such intelligent, resourceful, thoughtful people both on the staff and at the Board level has been a highlight!
What is Project Access NOW’s unique role in the region?
PANOW plays a critical role in compassionately helping to solve immediate needs of people who have very few options. Oregon is lucky to have such a well-established, trusted organization.
What do you hope the organization will focus on/sustain as your Board term ends?
I’m very encouraged by the focus of the team on moving increasingly toward pro-active collaborations to help reduce the burdens for individuals and families, so that they don’t end up in crisis with few options! Kudos to the new leadership team, and the amazing staff.
INTERVIEW – “The Non-Profit Happy Hour”
Listen to Phil Busse, host of The Non-Profit Happy Hour on XRAY.FM, interview Project Access NOW’s Executive Director Carly Hood-Ronick. Each week, the show sits down to chat with leaders from across Portland. In this episode, Carly and Phil chat about the mission of PANOW, access to health insurance and care, COVID-19 vaccination, and the organization’s dual role in the realms of both direct care as well as systemic policy change.
GET INVOLVED -> JOIN OUR TEAM!
PANOW is hiring a Regional Care Coordinator. This individual will work directly with clients, referring and volunteer clinics to help our clients get needed healthcare. This position requires a flexible, self-directed person with great attention to detail who is bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and has excellent customer service and phone skills. The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and includes full benefits.
Learn more and apply at: www.projectaccessnow.org/about-us/employment-opportunities
Mask up and stay strong, Oregon!
Carly Hood-Ronick MPA, MPH