Oregon Achieves... Together! A Message from the Director of the Oregon Department of Education Colt Gill
To help all of us focus on the need for mental health during this challenging time, I’m turning over the January column to ODE Senior Mental Health Strategist B. Grace Bullock, Ph.D.
Please take a moment to read her column, review the toolkit and our other mental health resources and share them with everyone you know!
WISE Education for Older Adults
Please see attached flyer regarding a virtual education opportunity for older adults throughout Eastern Oregon. Please consider sharing this with those who would benefit.
Please Note: my phone number has changed to 541-293-1755
Rod Harwood, MDiv, MA, QMHP-C
Older Adult Behavioral Health Coordinator
If you are feeling anxious or want to talk to someone about the current COVID-19 situation, you can call one of the following lines:
Call the Oregon Warmline at 1-800-698-2392, available 7 days a week, 9am-11pm to speak with a trained peer.
Call SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to speak to a trained crisis counselor to help people experiencing distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Professional Training Opportunity
Exciting New Programming from Four Rivers Cultural Center
Malheur Co.-- The Four Rivers Cultural Center begins a new programming initiative, a 4-week series designed to be enjoyed from the safety of people’s homes. Every other week beginning on February 8th, the Cultural Center will be releasing a “Wonder Box” designed after the subscription boxes popular today and packed with themed activities and gifts for the whole family to experience.
Wonder Box is the first program of its kind at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and seeks to connect the community with new ways of learning and engaging with the transforming power of history, education, culture, and art by unboxing each topic, each week. Each Wonder Box will have it's own registration. All boxes are free. Families, youth, teens, and adults are encouraged to participate throughout the 4-week series which will include the following:
1. A Historical Escape
“A Historical Escape,” falls over the week of Oregon’s birthday and registrants will have the opportunity to bake a cake to celebrate, craft Valentine’s, as well as play a Board Game unearthed from the Cultural Center’s own collections vault. Based on the town of Ontario, families will enjoy the board game as they walk down memory lane while learning about history to boot! This box is for history seekers of all ages. Not only will participants engage in fun activities for the whole family but they will also learn a thing or two about the area they call home. REGISTRATION OPENS: Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.
2. Let’s Get Lit(erature)
It's never too early or too late to reap the benefits of great literature! Participants will enjoy the benefits of reduced stress, increased vocabulary and comprehension, mental stimulation, and so much more. This box is handpicked for youth, teens, and adults. It will include books, literary-themed snacks and activities, and even some crafts, and costumes (for the kids, sorry young-at-heart folks). REGISTRATION OPENS: Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.
3. Around the World
Ready to explore culture, and the Four Rivers region? With this week's Wonder Box youth will get to travel around the world with low-mess crafts, cultural snacks, and other hands-on activities for a more engaged understanding of other heritages.
Teens and adults, on the other hand, will learn about various cultures through exploring taste. Each box will include five easy-to-make recipes and ingredients to get them through Monday to Friday. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a light snack, registrants will travel around the world with the Four Rivers from the comfort of their own kitchen! REGISTRATION OPENS: Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.
4. Creativity Starts Here
Encourage creativity itself with this box! Kids will be provided crowns for a prince or princess adventure, as well as the material to make their own hand puppets. while youth will get to choose how to tap into their creative spirit, with specially selected guides courtesy of the elves at FRCC. In the end the goal is lots of feel-good creativity and endless play!
Teens and adults will delve into the calming and entertaining side of art with coloring goodies, access to one-of-a-kind Broadway shows, and more! REGISTRATION OPENS: Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.
Interested in participating? Registration must be completed online at 4rcc.com.
How to Participate:
Register online at our website by filling out the registration form and indicate that you would like to receive a Wonder Box.
One box per household as supplies are limited.
When you arrive please pull up to the curb, and give your name a staff member will hand you your Wonder Box.
Please observe COVID safety measures and wear your masks when you arrive, this allows us to keep providing programming for our community!
Greetings From TVCC
Our Scholarship Deadline has closed and we are now asking for your help in reviewing the applications. Our Annual Scholarship Review Night will look a little different this year but we do hope you can come out and join us on Tuesday, February 2nd. We will be meeting in small groups in different classrooms in the Science Center and to keep everyone safe we will be social distanced and have gloves, hand sanitizer and masks available for all volunteers. Just meet in the Science Center and you’ll be directed where to go. In lieu of the dinner we will have snacks available and bottled water plus a special swag bag for all our reviewers.
Please let us know if you can help. We’ll start at 5:30 p.m. so we can finish early. Thank you for your support!
Chief Development Officer
Foundation Executive Director
(541) 881-5585 Office
(208) 739-2360 Cell
Attention Small Businesses:
Contact Lt. Rich Harriman, Malheur County Emergency Manager Richard.Harriman@malheurco.org for free PPE!
Lt. Harriman will be dispensing items for Small Businesses tomorrow (Friday, January 22) and future dates.
PPE and Covid equipment for Small business
I have PPE and cleaning supplies, etc. for small businesses IN STOCK.
If you have fewer than 100 employees, and you are a Malheur County business, I have the following equipment FOR YOU to comply with Covid-19 guidelines and stay in business.
-Infrared, touchless, thermometers
-Automatic hand sanitizer stands (first come, first served)
-Pump GEL hand sanitizer
-Hand sanitizer refills (1 gallon)
-Disinfecting spray cans
I have a huge stockpile of some of these things and I have asked for more.
If you would like to benefit from these items, please reach out to me with the information on my card below. I will need to know the name of the business, contact information for a responsible party there and we’ll make arrangements for you to pick up what you need. Please help spread the word to small business in Malheur County.
I look forward to hearing from you! Richard Harriman <Richard.Harriman@malheurco.org>
CDC Learning Connection - COVID-19 vaccine trainings. Note: COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution are part of a rapidly evolving situation. Please visit CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccines webpage for the latest information.
Clinical Guidance Updates
Hear from CDC experts about the latest clinical recommendations and vaccine allocation in this webinar. Earn free CE through February 8, 2021.
Allergic Reactions and Contraindications
Learn about reports of anaphylaxis following vaccination as well as contraindications and precautions to vaccination in this webinar.
Community Confidence Learn about research on vaccine decision-making and CDC’s strategy to reinforce confidence in COVID-19 vaccines with this webinar.
Vaccination Basics In case you missed it! Get up to speed on vaccination basics and COVID-19 vaccines with CDC’s training plan. Some trainings offer free CE.
News From NEON
January 2021 Updates
Northeast Oregon Network Main Office: 2008 Third Street Suite A in La Grande. Hillock Office: 209 E Hwy 82 in Enterprise.
Free Help With Health Insurance Enrollment and Updates By Phone If you or anyone you know are facing sudden changes with work, income or health insurance, there is free help available to figure out health insurance eligibility and steps to get enrolled or maintain existing coverage. NEON is offering phone appointments in English and Spanish while practicing physical distancing for the safety of the community during the COVID-19 emergency. We can help members report changes to the programs in which they are already enrolled and we can help people apply to see if they qualify for: Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Marketplace Plans & Financial Assistance at HealthCare.gov Union, Baker, Wallowa Teresa (541) 910-0336 (Eng/Span) Wallowa Vixen (541) 398-2539 Union, Baker Holly (541) 910-5286
Registration Open for Trauma Informed Care In Trying Times Training In the face of social unrest, natural disaster, and global pandemic, Community Health Workers and the people they serve are experiencing significant trauma. Learn to better understand how trauma effects behavior and relationships. Participants will leave with practical tips and tools for interactions with community members and self-care. This will be an interactive online training led by Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW, and Connie Sherrard, MSW. Registered participants will receive an email with training materials and a zoom link prior to the training. This training offers 3 CEUs and is $25.00. Wednesday, February 25, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Prevent Child Abuse Oregon Sponsors Free Parenting Workshop I Didn't Sign Up For This! Practical Guidance for Parents During the Pandemic is a free workshop that will be offered for free to address concerns and create a safe space for families to address stress in their current environment. Parents will also be offered tangible tools to support their children and manage overwhelming stress. The workshop will be led by Dr. Amy Stoeber, Licensed Psychologist and Raylene Edwards, Parent Mentor. This event is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Oregon. February 4, 2021, 5:30 - 7:00pm To register for free, click here.
Contact Us! Union/Baker/Wallowa County Health Insurance Enrollment/Renewal Teresa Aguilera: firstname.lastname@example.org English, Spanish Wallowa County Insurance Enrollment/Renewal Vixen Radford-Wecks: email@example.com NEON Pathways Community Hub Stephanie Anthony: firstname.lastname@example.org Training and Consulting Program Inquiries Connie Sherrard: email@example.com Reach our other staff: www.neonoregon.org/meet-the-staff