Breaking Barriers: Community Health and Outreach Partner for Vaccination Events
Olalla Center's Community Health and Outreach has partnered to bring to the Latina/o/x and Indigenous population a series of Covid-19 vaccination events. Beginning in March Olalla Center identified the need to offer its underserved communities the opportunity to receive vaccination in a way that breaks the barriers of language, time, transportation, education, and building community at the same time.
Olalla Center's vaccination clinics serve as a model for Oregon Health Authority and Lincoln County Public Health. Outside the vaccination area of the clinics, recipients stand in line and/or sit for their alotted monitor times while listening to live music and socializing. The times of the events are offered into the early evenings to allow workers to participate. The locations are located in easily-accessible areas in the center of town, at churches where recipients attend or receive food boxes, or on site of a grocery store. And the events are facilitated by Spanish and Mam translators.
Those vaccinated have received goody bags, grocery store vouchers, Mexican restaurant vouchers, PPE, and information about services Olalla Center provides (OHP application assistance, pandemic - related rental assistance and unemployment benefits, and healthcare navigation). Vaccine recipients also receive complementary reminder calls.
Hundreds received and continue to receive an mRNA vaccine through Olalla Center with the help of many wonderful community partners. Lincoln County Public Health, Lincoln City Rite Aid, Juntos en Colaboracion, Acompanar, Lincoln City School District, Oregon State University, Oregon Health Authority, Lincoln City Cultural Center, Newport First Baptist Church, Pac West Ambulance, Brian Haggerty, and Dr. Gavin Shumate have worked to make the events a success.