Looking Ahead, Vaccinations, Trainings & More

Spring In To Wellness 2021 Call for Vendors

Community members this is a reminder email that we are putting together a commercial to highlight as many health and wellness resources that we have in the community as possible!

We are planning to begin filming between NOW thru February 28, 2021. Please contact me to express your interest in creating a 10-15 (or longer if needed) second video highlighting the resources you provide? OR would you be willing to provide a slideshow/PowerPoint page of resources and/or a link to your website.

Thanks for serving our community!

Kirsten Hatch

Tobacco Prevention and Education Coordinator

1108 SW 4th Street

Ontario, Oregon 97914

Office: 541-889-7279 x 133



January and February


10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Every Monday

Jan. 11th, 18th, and 25th

Feb. 1st, 8th, 15t, and 22nd

At TVCC Baseball Field

Ontario, OR

· All requesting a test will be tested

· No out-of-pocket costs for anyone

Call 208-452-6661 if any Questions



Please join us for an important Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. (Noon), or 6:00 P.M.


You are invited to take part in a conversation with Sandra Shelton & Tom Longoria from your local Area Agency on Aging.

To register for the Town Hall, call us: 541-889-7651. Sign up for either of these one-hour sessions: 12:00 P.M. (Noon), or 6:00 P.M.

Once you’ve called our office to register, we will e-mail you a link to the Town Hall for which you’ve signed up, OR you may click the link on our website:, OR you may simply phone in. (You will need to have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform to participate online.)

Zoom link for the 12:00 P.M. Noon meeting:

Zoom link for the 6:00 P.M. meeting:

Phone number for those calling in only to either session: 1-253-215-8782

Submit questions for the Town Hall to by January 18, 2021.

During this virtual event, you’ll learn about our current programs and how to access services and local resources, while helping to guide service development for Malheur County seniors for the next four years.

Join us for this important event!

Please pass along to your contacts, etc.

Thank you, Sandra Shelton

Executive Director

Malheur Council On Aging and Community Services

842 SE 1st Ave.

Ontario, Or. 97914

Office: 541.889.7651

Cell: 541.709.0112

Fax: 541.889.4940


Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Update Jan. 11, 2021

Vaccine sequencing: Frequently asked questions Many people in Oregon are wondering when they will be able to get their vaccines, and how they will know when it’s their turn. It can be frustrating to wait, but right now, people in Phase 1a are being vaccinated. We will share new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, here are answers to some frequently asked questions: I am in a Phase 1a group, where do I go? We don’t have a central phone number yet, but Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is working with local public health, health care partners and 211 to determine the best contacts in each community. We will post the community contacts on our COVID-19 website as soon as we have them. Check your local public health website to see if they have additional information.    I don’t know if I’m in Phase 1a; how do I check? Please check the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Sequencing Plan. For additional questions, you can email  Do I need to show any proof I’m in Phase 1a? OHA does not require proof and does not plan to request verification from vaccinating providers. Vaccine providers themselves may require an individual to declare in some way they are in a Phase 1a group.  I’ve been turned away from getting a vaccine by a COVID-19 vaccine provider. What do I do now? If you think you fall under Phase 1a, please contact your local public health department to be connected to a vaccine provider.  I’m an education worker. When will I get vaccinated?


Hello Early Educators/Hola, educadores tempranos:

SAMC-Ontario was very excited to hear that education was added to the list of those eligible to receive the vaccination. Please see below for upcoming clinics that is being offered by SAMC-O and the process to get registered. Please note, if there are no current appts, on Monday, January 18th, an additional 65-70 spots will be opened for the January 29th clinic.

To get scheduled for one of the below clinics:

  • Number to call: 541-881-7420

  • Scheduling line Hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm every Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday… However, the electronic scheduling system only allows scheduling to be done 2 weeks in advance of the day of the clinic

  • What is needed: you will need your demographic information and insurance information

  • Validation process: due to new requirements, there needs to be a validation process to ensure SAMC-Ontario is abiding by the governors sequencing plan, when you arrive to the clinic, you will have to attest that you are a 1a (groups 1-4) individual.

Below are the vaccination clinics currently being offered by SAMC-Ontario for all individuals who meet the OHA tiering guidelines of 1a (groups 1-4)

You will need to only register for the initial vaccination and then upon arrival for your initial vaccination, your repeat 2nd vaccination (booster) is automatically scheduled at that time. At this time, the SAMC-Ontario clinics will be providing Pfizer vaccinations so your repeat dose will be scheduled 17-21 days later.

  • Friday, January 22, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster Feb 11th)

  • Friday, January 29, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster Feb 18th)

  • Friday, February 12, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster March 4th)

  • Friday, February 19, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster March 11th)

  • Friday, March 5, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster March 25th)

  • Friday, March 12, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster April 1st)

  • Friday, March 26, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster April 15th)

  • Friday, April 2, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster April 22nd)

  • Friday, April 9, 2021; 9:15 am – 3:00 pm (booster April 29th)

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact SAMC at the number above.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center -Ontario (SAMC-O) estaba muy emocionado de saber que se agregó educación a la lista de personas elegibles para recibir la vacuna. Consulte a continuación las próximas clínicas que ofrece SAMC-O y el proceso para registrarse. Tenga en cuenta que si no hay citas vigentes, el lunes 18 de enero se abrirán entre 65 y 70 lugares adicionales para la clínica del 29 de enero. Para programar una de las siguientes clínicas: Número para llamar: 541-881-7420 Línea de programación Horario: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm todos los lunes, martes y miércoles… Sin embargo, el sistema de programación electrónica solo permite que la programación se realice 2 semanas antes del día de la clínica Qué se necesita: necesitará su información demográfica e información de seguro Proceso de validación: debido a los nuevos requisitos, es necesario que haya un proceso de validación para garantizar que SAMC-Ontario cumpla con el plan de secuenciación de la gobernadora, cuando llegue a la clínica, deberá dar fe de que es un 1a (grupos 1-4 ) individuo. A continuación se muestran las clínicas de vacunación que ofrece actualmente SAMC-Ontario para todas las personas que cumplen con las pautas de clasificación de la OHA de 1a (grupos 1-4) Solo deberá registrarse para la vacunación inicial y luego, al llegar para su vacunación inicial, su segunda vacunación repetida (refuerzo) se programa automáticamente en ese momento. En este momento, las clínicas de SAMC-Ontario proporcionarán vacunas Pfizer, por lo que su dosis repetida se programará entre 17 y 21 días después. Viernes 22 de enero de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis 11 de febrero) Viernes 29 de enero de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis 18 de febrero) Viernes 12 de febrero de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis el 4 de marzo) Viernes 19 de febrero de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis el 11 de marzo) Viernes 5 de marzo de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis el 25 de marzo) Viernes 12 de marzo de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm (segunda dosis el 1 de abril)

Viernes 26 de marzo de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis 15 de abril) Viernes 2 de abril de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis 22 de abril) Viernes 9 de abril de 2021; 9:15 am - 3:00 pm ( segunda dosis 29 de abril) Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de la información anterior, comuníquese con SAMC al número que figura arriba.

Take care/Cuídate,

Theresa Martinez, M.S., M.S.

Eastern Oregon Child Care Resources Coordinator

Serving Baker, Malheur and Wallowa Counties

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Malheur Education Service District

363 A St. West

Vale, OR 97918

Phone: 541-203-0357

Fax: 541-473-3915


Available Trainings


Both Sides of the Issue -- an online video series presenting differing views on more than 50 topics such as COVID, equality, qualified immunity, and climate change -- is now available to educators free of charge, here.

Current videos from major news sources are paired, side-by-side, showing differing viewpoints. Each pairing includes a list of discussion questions to help engage students in open dialogue, objective analysis, and respectful debate.

New videos and accompanying discussion questions are added every month featuring videos from John Stossel and CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Democracy at Work, HuffPost, MTV and many more.

You can sign up here.

Sincerely, Rob

This complimentary resource is brought to you by Center for Independent Thought, 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 1011, Philadelphia, PA 19102, a 501(c)(3) educational organization.


Center for Disease Control January 2021 Newsletter [Sign UP for this newsletter if you find it helpful]

Stay informed about quality online trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners with CDC Learning Connection. Share this email with your colleagues and encourage them to sign up for the newsletter! Hot Training Topic: COVID-19 Don’t miss the latest vaccination trainings from CDC and partners. Learn about the two vaccines currently authorized for emergency use with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine courses. Earn free CE.

  • Do you work for a community-based organization? Hear from CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat and others on COVID-19 vaccines, distribution plans, and overcoming vaccine-related challenges in CDC Foundation’s webinar.

Find additional courses on vaccination and other topics via Training for Healthcare Professionals. Recently updated! Respond to Human Trafficking The COVID-19 pandemic and other crises increase the risk of victimization and exploitation. Learn how public health professionals can identify human trafficking and respond in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways. Earn free CE. Take Trafficking training Reduce Fall Risk Among Older Adults Every second, an older adult falls in the United States. Learn how to assess patients’ fall risk and develop an individualized care plan to prevent injury. Earn free CE. Take Falls training Prevent HPV Infection & Related Diseases Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination can protect against cervical, oropharyngeal, and other cancers. Get up-to-speed on the latest vaccination guidance. Earn free CE. Take HPV training Check Out CDC’s New Training Website Whether you want to take training or make training, CDC’s Public Health Training website is the resource for you. The website features a new look for CDC Learning Connection, informed by feedback from public health and healthcare professionals. The content will continue to expand, so visit the site often and share this resource with colleagues!


Dear EOCCO partners, We are excited to bring you a free virtual training event focused on implicit bias with Bahia Overton! Some of you may remember Bahia from her presentation at the 2020 EOCCO Summit, and after receiving exceptional feedback, we are glad to announce that she will be returning to speak with us again! This time, the conversation will focus on implicit bias, microaggressions, and inequities in the workplace and healthcare settings. We hope that this can be an opportunity to explore the concepts of power, privilege, and oppression, and learn strategies to address biases. This event will be held Thursday, February 4th, from 10 am-12 pm PST. All are welcome to attend. 2 free CME credits are available. Click here to register Hope to virtually see you there!

Sincerely, EOCCO Quality Improvement Team e: p: 503-265-4778


DEI Dean's Seminar Series: Food Security and Food Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic Description The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions implemented to reduce its spread have radically altered the way Americans obtain food. Restrictions on business, social gatherings and travel have led to substantially higher unemployment and to economic hardship for many Americans that work in these industries. These restrictions and their economic consequences have led to extensive food insecurity at levels above those seen during the Great Recession. And increases in food insecurity have been more severe for black and Hispanic households. This Dean’s Seminar Series will discuss disparities in food security, food access and the food sector in the wake of the pandemic. The seminar will start with an overview of food security and food access before and during the pandemic, their importance for health and economic well-being and give an overview of the Federal policy response. The seminar will also feature a discussion of how DC has responded and key initiatives to address food disparities in DC. Resident faculty and community experts discussing this topic include: Michele (Shelly) Ver Ploeg, PhD, Director of the Food and Health Policy Institute, Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health Ona Balkus –Director of Food Policy, DC Office of Planning Charanya Sundar, MS, RDN, LD, Public Health Nutritionist at DC Department of Aging and Community Living will speak about the food services they are providing for DC seniors and their challenges and successes of doing so in the pandemic. TimeJan 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

[Register Here]


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