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Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Visits White Bird Clinic’s Vaccine Site

Emhoff Highlights White Bird’s Vaccination Equity Efforts

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EUGENE, OREGON – Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Governor Kate Brown, and Representative Peter DeFazio visited White Bird’s vaccination clinic to learn about the agency’s work advancing COVID-19 vaccination equity by forming innovative partnerships with community-based organizations.

With strong support from the Biden-Harris administration’s Health Center Vaccine Program and funding from the American Rescue Act, federally qualified health centers such as White Bird Clinic are on the front lines of promoting vaccine equity. Oregon’s 34 FQHC’s care for almost half a million patients and serve as the cornerstone of the regional healthcare system, providing care for underserved communities, including communities of color. White Bird has vaccinated more than 2,500 people, approximately 40% of whom identify as non-white, in a state that is 75% white. In partnership with organizations serving communities of color, White Bird will operate mobile vaccination clinics that meet people where they are at, in order to reduce disparities in health and healthcare.

The community organizations will develop culturally appropriate messaging and implement outreach strategies that best reach their constituents, then sponsor easily accessible vaccination clinics. White Bird will bring its mobile medical unit to each site and provide vaccine and the clinical staff that will administer it and then monitor recipients post-inoculation.

The federal Health Center Vaccine Program provides White Bird with a direct supply of all three vaccines and the American Rescue Act’s allocation of $7.6B to Health Centers includes funding for vaccination initiatives such as White Bird’s. “The Biden-Harris administration’s philosophical and financial support for vaccination equity is the wind behind our sails in our effort to ensure that no one misses the opportunity to be vaccinated,” said Chris Hecht, Executive Coordinator.

Nationally, the vaccination rate of BIPOC individuals is roughly half that of whites. The Biden-Harris administration’s priority to reduce disparities in the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines will mitigate the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and reduce health and healthcare disparities. Achieving high vaccination rates across individuals and communities is essential to achieving broader population immunity.

The entire community is working together to make this project a success. Nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other medically-trained community members volunteer to administer vaccines. Project partners including Centro Latino Americano, Downtown Languages, St. Mark CME church, Huerto de la Familia, and 8:46 Justice Today are mobilizing their constituents and promoting vaccination. The Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall provides their music venue as a facility. Support for the project is provided by PeaceHealth, Pacific Source, and the Lane Community Health Council.

White Bird Clinic is one of Nine Oregon Health Centers to Join Federal Vaccine Program

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today that clinics in Portland, Oregon City, Grants Pass, Eugene, Tillamook, Prineville and Medford will be invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program over the next six weeks. The nine clinics join Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, the Neighborhood Health Center in Portland, Multnomah, and Lane counties in the program.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched this vaccine program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccine to HRSA-supported health centers to ensure underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated.

“Getting as many Oregonians vaccinated as soon as possible saves lives and gets our state and country that much closer to emerging from this public health and economic crisis,” said Wyden, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “A painful lesson after one year of battling coronavirus is how the virus lands especially hard on low-income Oregonians in communities of color, tribal communities and rural communities. Today’s news is a real shot in the arm to help all those communities.”

“We know that getting as many vaccines into arms as quickly as possible is key to save lives and end this pandemic,” said Merkley. “We need to do everything we can to make that happen, including ensuring that our rural, tribal, and low-income communities—who have faced unique challenges and in many ways felt the brunt of the coronavirus crisis—aren’t left out. I’m grateful that these health centers are joining this powerful vaccine program, and will continue to work to bring vaccines to underserved Oregonians in every corner of our state.”

HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-centered organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care. Nationwide, nearly 1,400 centers operate about 13,000 sites, providing primary and preventive care on a sliding fee scale to nearly 30 million patients each year. More than 91 percent of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and nearly 63 percent are racial/ethnic minorities. Health centers across the nation are playing vital roles in supporting local community responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Prior to today, 250 health centers were invited to this program, and include those that serve a large volume of the following: disproportionately affected populations: individuals experiencing homelessness, public housing residents, migrant/seasonal agricultural workers, or patients with limited English proficiency.

Today, an additional 700 health centers were invited to participate in the next phase of the program and include those that serve high proportions of patients living with low income and from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, provide services to rural/frontier populations, operate Tribal/Urban Indian Health Programs, and/or use mobile vans to deliver services.

  • A list of the health centers participating in or invited to join the program is here.
  • Read the full press release is here.

 

White Bird Partners with the WOW Hall for COVID-19 Vaccination Program

EUGENE, OREGON – White Bird Clinic is partnering with the Community Center for the Performing Arts/WOW Hall to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. A team of volunteers will allow White Bird to vaccinate up to 800 people each week.

White Bird has opened a vaccination clinic at the WOW Hall in order to scale up vaccinations and offer an accessible indoor space in downtown Eugene. Nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other medically-trained community members have volunteered to administer vaccines, and volunteer clerical staff keep the operation running smoothly. White Bird staff coordinate the effort. The CCPA is providing the facility below cost because its new board agreed unanimously that this was the best possible use of the facility during this time of crisis.

A month ago White Bird began vaccinating health care professionals. In support of Lane County Public Health, White Bird is now vaccinating all individuals who are eligible according to the CDC. As a vital resource for Eugene and Springfield for more than fifty years, White Bird demonstrates how Community Health Centers are the cornerstone of the regional healthcare system.

To learn more and register for vaccination visit https://whitebirdclinic.org/vaccine or call 541-246-2341.

This crucial effort is only possible because volunteers are willing to give their time and expertise to help fellow community members. In addition to medical staff, the project needs greeters and all sorts of other help. Folks who would like to volunteer can visit http://bit.ly/wbc-volunteer to sign up.

The WOW Hall, located at 291 W. 8th Ave., is operated by the Community Center for the Performing Arts, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing cultural arts and educational opportunities for all ages and income levels and maintaining a supportive environment for local artists and their new creative efforts.

Staff at the WOW Hall and White Bird’s main offices and medical clinic do not have information on the vaccination project, and White Bird asks folks to kindly not interrupt their ongoing work providing care for our community.

In 1969, a group of student activists and concerned practitioners came together to provide crisis services and free medical care for counter-culture youth in Eugene, OR. Having grown continuously since then, today White Bird Clinic has 10 programs, 220 staff members, and more than 400 volunteers each year.

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White Bird is Vaccinating the Community

White Bird is taking action to advance vaccination equity in Lane County. We are operating vaccination clinics by appointment at the following locations:

  • WOW Hall: Monday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene across from the Dining Room, Eugene
  • White Bird Dental Clinic is vaccinating at 1415 Pearl. Please click here or call 541-344-8302 for more infomation.

Please note that staff at the WOW Hall, White Bird’s main offices, and medical clinic do not have information on the vaccination project, and White Bird asks folks to kindly not interrupt their ongoing work caring for our community’s low-income and unhoused individuals.

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Who is eligible for the vaccine?

As of April 19, 2021 everyone 18 and older will be eligible to be vaccinated at White Bird.

Accessibility

For folks with mobility challenges, our dental clinic location, 1415 Pearl St., is easily accessible.

Sign up to get vaccinated

Note: Our system uses text messaging to confirm that an appointment has been made. If you don’t immediately get a text confirmation, you don’t have an appointment. If necessary, you can redo the scheduling process in order to create an appointment.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR VACCINATION

Please call 541-246-2341 to register by phone or learn more about vaccination. You can also email Emily Lowery at ELowery@whitebirdclinic.org with any questions.

Standby List for Expedited Vaccination

White Bird uses a standby list to ensure that no vaccine doses ever go unused. The first step is to register above. Joining the standby list may expedite your vaccination. In order to join the standby list, you need to be able to make it to the WOW Hall in 30 min or less, and be available at one or more of the following times:

Mondays between 10AM-2PM

Wednesdays between 1PM-5PM

Fridays between 10AM-2PM

When there are extra doses available, clinic staff start calling individuals on the standby list, in order. If there is no answer, they don’t leave a voicemail. Individuals remain on the list until they are reached.

If you’d like to join the standby list, please click the button below.

SIGN UP FOR STANDBY LIST

How can I volunteer to help?

This crucial effort is only possible because volunteers are willing to give their time and expertise to help fellow community members. In addition to medical staff, the project needs greeters and all sorts of other help.

Click here to sign up to volunteer

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October Free Vaccine Clinics

White Bird Medical will be holding 3 free flu vaccine clinics in coordination with Catholic Community Services, one each Friday through October.  Vaccines are provided by Peace Health! Thank you community!

On Friday, October 16th we will be in Eugene at the Catholic Community Services center at 1464 W 6th Ave, Eugene from 8 am-12 pm. CCS will concurrently be holding their food pantry program that runs the same hours.

On Friday, Oct 23rd we will be holding the clinic in the parking lot of the library/community center parking lot at 700 E. Gibbs Ave, Cottage Grove. This one will be held the hours of 3 pm-7 pm to accommodate working families in Cottage Grove.

On Friday, October 30th we will be in Springfield at the Catholic Community Services center at 1025 G St, Springfield from 8 am-12 pm. CCS will concurrently be holding their food pantry program that runs the same hours.

Adults and children ages 7 and older can receive the flu vaccine at pharmacies, which are often able to bill insurance. Get the flu vaccine at:

• Primary care provider or at a pharmacy or by appointment at Lane County Public Health

Children younger than 6 years old, get the flu vaccine at:

• Primary care provider or by appointment at Lane County Public Health

To schedule an appointment at Lane County Public Health, please call (541) 682-4041 or call 711 for TTY/Relay Services. Se habla español. Lane County Public Health is located at 151 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 310, on the corner of 7th and Charnelton, open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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