COVID-19 vaccine event series
PANOW is co-hosting a series of COVID-19 vaccine events in collaboration with partners across the Portland metro region. Nearly 750 individuals were vaccinated in total at events held April 22, May 1, May 8, and May 12!!
Thank you Promotores de Salud de la Iglesia, Oregon Health Authority, East Gresham High School, Washington County, The Latino Network, Hillsboro Community Senior Center, Providence Health & Services, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Sauvie Island Academy, and all our volunteers for making the events a success!
As we continue the fight for health equity, equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine is a key component of this work. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages for more upcoming events or contact our Outreach, Enrollment, and Access team at 503-345-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Month
Project Access NOW as an organization is grounded in the ideals and moral values of lifting up and defending the basic human rights of our immigrant, refugee, most vulnerable and marginalized populations. We take every opportunity to enjoy cultural celebrations and to learn more about the things that make each of us unique. While our celebrations look a little different this year, we can still continue to connect. We have compiled just a few of the many ways to celebrate Asian and Asian Pacific Islander heritage month this May.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. ET
May 1-31, 2021 – Created by artist and independent curator Jenny Lam, SLAYSIAN is virtual visual art exhibit. Enjoy original art by 39 Asian artists working across a range of media and form.
SPOTLIGHT: Brenda Morales
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 Brenda Morales, Program Support Specialist, C3 Community Assistance Program
Tell us a little bit about yourself – what brought you to Project Access NOW and the C3 Community Assistance Program (C3CAP) specifically?
I was born and raised in Anaheim, California and moved to Oregon in 2006. Since high school, I have known I wanted to work in the health care field. When a spot opened in C3CAP, I jumped at the chance. I love the broad way the program approaches community health, addressing the social determinants of health and reaching those most vulnerable in our community. I have been at Project Access NOW for more than 5 years and continue to be amazed by the range of help the organization is able to provide to the community.
How has COVID-19 changed your work over the past year?
Under normal circumstances, many face additional barriers to safe discharge from a hospital or emergency room – and a return to wellness. During a global pandemic, this inequity becomes especially deadly. Each year, the program helps safely discharge more than 6,000 individuals from 10 major hospitals. Because the average hospital stay is several days to several weeks, this means avoiding thousands of unnecessary hospital days each year and a possible trip back to the emergency room or hospital for the same condition. We have continued to do this important work remotely over the last year providing full time, one-on-one support to our health care providers, social workers, and discharge planners via phone 5 days per week and 24/7 online.
What is one thing you would like the public to know about your work or our health system more broadly?
Our solutions are comprehensive, reaching every aspect of healthcare from primary care to hospital stays to insurance and more. Although we have been remote over the past year, we have remained available and working at 100%. From temporary housing to transportation to cleaning services, Project Access NOW’s C3 Community Assistance Program brings together a network of partners to help those most in need.
C3 Community Assistance Program – Impact
C3CAP supports discharge planners, care navigators, and social workers by connecting low-income patients to the resources they need for safe and secure discharge from the hospital and a return to wellness (such as a taxi ride home, hotel voucher, food delivery). C3CAP promotes both equity and efficiency while reducing unnecessary hospital burden and avoidable readmission.
Last year, Project Access NOW received 19,543 requests for assistance and filled 9,193 prescriptions valued at $4.68 million. To date, the program has distributed almost 10,000 transit passes to low-income patients.
Additionally, the program was tapped to distribute $1.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds directly to wildfire victims and the community. Learn more at: www.projectaccessnow.org/c3-community-assistance-program
All4Oregon is a COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center, created with the collaboration and leadership of Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, OHSU, and Providence. By combining vaccine supply, as well as the doctors, nurses, and clinical staff of these four leading Portland-area hospital systems, we have created a highly efficient structure for providing available vaccine to eligible Oregonians in the greater Portland metro area.
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Carly Hood-Ronick MPA, MPH
Project Access NOW Executive Director