Health Care Self-Check-In

How is your health during COVID-19? Take a moment to ask yourself these questions:

1- Overall is your health better or worse NOW then it was at the beginning of 2020?

2- Better or worse, ask yourself WHY? What did you do or stop doing? What has changed?

3- Share your Self-Check-In answers with your health care provider.

Local News

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program provides workforce development training opportunities to young people ages 14-24. The focus of the WIOA Youth Program is to help as many youth as possible. Through WIOA, youth can gain valuable work skills through a variety of job opportunities such as job shadows, internships, summer jobs, etc. Participants can also receive financial literacy training, leadership development support, guidance and counseling, help getting reengaged in secondary or post-secondary education, etc. If interested in this program, please contact the TEC Career Specialist in your local WorkSource Oregon office. [Flyer]

The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach is now accepting referrals to provide “Holiday Connection Calls” to isolated older adults from ALL Oregon counties!

Trained Senior Peer Support Specialists provide weekly befriending phone calls to improve the emotional and physical well-being of Oregon Seniors (55+) who may be experiencing isolation, loneliness, depression or grief. Oregon Senior Peer Outreach has now expanded statewide to serve more of the many Oregon older adults who are suffering from COVID19 isolation. OSPO relies on trusted community partners and family members to identify older adults who will benefit from this friendly connection peer service.

Referrals of older adults who may benefit from the new Holiday Connection Calls service can be made by filling out the Referral Request form online at:

or by calling OSPO at: 1-833-736-4676 (1-833-SeniorOutreach)

Eastern Oregon Senior Winter Newsletter [Newsletter]

Ontario School District- Kindergarten Readiness Program [Flyer]

Annual Energy Assistance & Home Buyer Assistance: Community In Action has annual energy assistance available. Community In Action also has home buying assistance programs available. Both flyers are attached. [English] [Spanish] [Home Buyer Assistance]

Toys for Toys: Evualcree is accepting applications for Toys for Tots. [English] [Spanish]

Help Them To Hope:

Two programs that provide gifts to members of our community during the holidays.

Feel free to share this information with anyone needing assistance.

Please take note of the application deadlines! [Application for families]

Local Events

1st Annual November Bottle drive to Help the Drexel Foundation by donating your recyclable bottles & cans [Flyer]

This Holiday season, we all know it will be tight, but you can help the Drexel Foundation by participating in their 1st Annual November Bottle drive. It is simple just email or call the foundation office and our volunteers will come pick up your sacked up bottles & cans. We can also mail you our Blue fundraising bags. Contact, or call 541-473-3470.

The 2020 “BottleDrop Gives” program will match funds earned from November 15 to December 1st with a 20% match from BottleDrop. To help Drexel foundation’s sustainability program you can donate your cans, or also donate online with funds from your green bag bottledrop account. Who are they? Drexel Foundation provides Free multi-cultural & art programs in rural Eastern Oregon which enrich the lives of youth. Our core activities & programs include: August Art Camp & Talent Show, Teen Film Project, Crash Course in Film-making, Youth heritage tours, Children's Film Festival, Certificate of Achievement, Public Art by Youth Project, Art in the Park on Flag Day, and Drexel Formal Closet for free prom dresses. All programs are FREE to participants and provide opportunities for youth & families to learn performing and visual Art. Drexel programs build audiences, art appreciation and promote personal growth and community pride. The Drexel H. Foundation was originally created in the 1990’s to help preserve the Historic (1908 Drexel)Vale Hotel and 1 895Grand Opera House to create an art center in the Grand Opera House, and arts and residence in the Vale hotel thus, providing a building for the community to enjoy cultural events. This goal was expanded after the Board of Trustee’s saw the immediate need for the youth in this area to be exposed to cultural/artistic events. Since 1995, The Drexel H. Foundation has created multicultural events to serve the youth & families of rural Eastern Oregon and the Treasure Valley. To find out more go to, or check out their facebook /Instagram pages. Help the Drexel Foundation and bottle drop save the planet one bottle at a time.

WIC offers new Walk-in Wellness Clinic

Since we have been doing phone appointments since March, we haven’t been able to get measurements or hemoglobin checks for our families and are wanting to offer a walk-in day option for families to get screened for growth and anemia. We will also be offering all Health Department services when they come in, including flu shots, immunizations and consultations with home visiting nurses!

The event is also on our Malheur County Health Department Facebook page:

Thank you for sharing!

Hallie Hopkins, MS, RD

Malheur County WIC Office

Classes & Trainings


Clases de inglés gratuitas presenciales

Days: Monday thru Thursday Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Días: de lunes a jueves Horario: 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm


• Registration is at the Oregon Trail Building, room 107F.

Please call ahead when you are coming to register.

La inscripción se realiza en el edificio Oregón Trail, salón 107F.

Por favor llame con anticipación cuando vaya a inscribirse.

• Registration takes approximately 2 hours

La inscripción demora aproximadamente 2 horas [Eng/Spa Flyer]

[Spanish Winter Flyer]

ESL at TVCC is in the process of registering new students into the course.

Classes will begin January 5th; however before a student comes to class they must enroll first.

Parenting NOW: Building Healthy Families will host a virtual parenting class starting Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 at 7PM and will continue thru Jan 13, 2021. [Flyer]

Parent Cafes: Valley Family Health Care hosts Parent Cafes on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6PM. Registration with VFHC is required, contact Nuba Lazo for more information. [English] [Spanish]

SafeSitter Classes: Building Healthy Families hosts virtual SafeSitter classes for pre-teens eleven years and up. Registration is required to receive a Study Kit prior to class. Classes are held on Saturdays via Zoom from 10am to 3:30pm with a break for lunch. [Flyer]

All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters

Speaker: Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Director, National Institute of Nursing Research

Bethesda, MD

Date: December 9, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. ET to 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Videocast; Registration Required

Event Description

Maybe the saying shouldn’t be “you are what you eat,” but rather “you are where you eat.” Social and economic factors, such as where someone lives, have powerful influences on people’s health. This association holds true not only for access to healthy food but also for other things such as housing conditions and green space availability. Such factors impact risk of exposure and susceptibility to many diseases and conditions, including COVID-19.

Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH, will deliver the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies. She will explore the science behind social determinants of health and demonstrate how vital effective integrative or multilevel approaches are when addressing health and health inequities. Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and otherwise spend their time. They affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Dr. Zenk will share how to better understand what affects people’s health and drives health disparities, and ultimately how to develop effective interventions to improve the public’s health and eliminate inequities.

Link to register:

The Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund (OCRF) supports projects that help implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy and connect people with the outdoors. Your support for conserving wildlife, habitat, and connecting people with nature shows that Oregonians care about preserving the wildlife and natural spaces that make Oregon so special. Join us for an evening conversation to learn what the OCRF is, what it can achieve and why we hope it will matter to you! We encourage you to spread the word about the webinar with your members, partners, and friends. Webinar Details Thursday, December 9 6:00 pm Pacific Click here to register for the webinar. Davia M. Palmeri Conservation Policy Coordinator Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE Salem, OR 97302-1142 971-719-1192

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