June is Pride Month!
Project Access NOW’s staff and Board celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across our region, and stand firm in our commitment to LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.
“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love. It matters only that you love.” – John Lennon
70% statewide vaccination rate – almost there!
As of June 14th, more than 68% of Oregon residents had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and the state is 71,522 people away from a 70% first vaccination rate. Vaccines are perhaps the best hope, along with following safety protocols, for ending the pandemic. When Oregon achieves a 70% statewide vaccination rate for residents 18 or older, Governor Kate Brown has announced she will lift all risk level health and safety restrictions.
Project Access NOW is collaborating to make this happen by holding regular vaccine clinics, meeting people where they are to promote easy access and mitigate vaccine hesitancy. Since April, our staff have partnered with the Oregon Health Authority, Providence Health & Services, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Latino Network, and others to get more Oregonians vaccinated.
So far, Project Access NOW has hosted seven vaccination events and helped vaccinate 1,124 individuals.
Thank you to our partners for making these events possible!
If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, it’s normal to have questions. To learn more, visit: SafeStrongOregon.org/vaccines
Free Vaccine Event / Evento gratuito de vacuna
Saturday June 19th 9 am to 2 pm / Sábado 19 de junio 9am a 2pm
— Pfizer vaccines for individuals 12 years or older / Vacunas Pfizer para adultos y mayores de 12 años
— Oregon Health Program assistance available / Asistencia OHP disponible
— Bilingual staff will be on-site / Personal bilingüe en el sitio
— No ID, social security number, or health insurance card required / No se requiere identificación, número de seguro social o seguro medico
For questions / Para preguntas: 503-345-7031
Spotlight: David Fuks
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 another key individual this month.
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID FUKS, PROJECT ACCESS NOW BOARD MEMBER
Tell us a little bit about yourself – what brought you to Project Access NOW and the board specifically?
I grew up in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Oregon in 1974. When I first learned about Project Access NOW, I was the Executive Director of a local health nonprofit. I stayed in touch with the organization over the years and saw the impact it was having. When I retired from full-time work and had more time to commit to passion projects, I called up the organization and asked to join the Board. I am particularly interested in advocacy and spearheaded the creation of the organization’s Advocacy Committee.
I am the child of Holocaust survivors. Both of my parents were in concentration camps, and my family arrived as refugees in 1949. Coming from this background, I know what it is like to have less than zero. I also know the joy of becoming successful. There is so much more we, as a society, need to do to make opportunity and success a reality for more people. This is what attracted me to healthcare. Project Access NOW reflects these values – leadership and advocacy – intrinsically as an organization.
What is Project Access NOW’s unique role in the region, and what do you hope the organization will focus on or sustain as your Board term ends?
Over the last 14 years, Project Access NOW has built a strong relationship with the public and our organization’s voice is heard across the region. Recently, a new Executive Team has brought renewed energy to the organization. I truly believe strong leadership combined with a commitment to making the world a better place is a formula for significant change. The whole Project Access NOW Board of Directors is passionate about this growth. I am going to miss being on the Board!
I hope the organization continues to work on social justice issues (and I know it will). Social equity and diversity are part of what good health care is about. It’s about helping people that struggle because of their inability to access the care and resources they need to stay healthy. I look at what my parents experienced. As an adult, I realized there were people who were helping them along the way. I always try to find ways to be helpful, too.
What is something most people might not know about you?
I am an actor, playwright, and short story writer! I started doing creative work when I was a teenager. My undergraduate degree was in English Literature, which drove my parents crazy. They were worried it was not practical. Even though I went into the health care field, I always kept writing. Now that I am no longer working full time, I have time to dive in to acting and writing longer pieces. It is important to me to participate in the culture of the community.
Award from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
This month, Project Access NOW was one of only 71 organizations nationwide to be selected by the CDC Foundation for a grant to promote equity in vaccination rates amongst diverse racial and ethnic communities. Through this work, Project Access NOW staff will host a series of additional vaccine events in the region, promoting equity and addressing hesitancy.
We are proud to be in the 13% of organizations funded nationwide (and the only Oregon grantee!) participating in the “Supporting Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to Increase Vaccination Coverage” project.
Get Involved: National Month of Action
On June 4th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a National Month of Action with the aim to have 70% of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one shot by July 4th. Help spread the word about vaccination events in your community! See the organization’s upcoming vaccine events at: www.facebook.com/PANOWPDX/events
Learn more about the “We Can Do This” campaign: https://wecandothis.hhs.gov