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Are you a Malheur County resident currently in quarantine? Have you had to quarantine during the month of December because of Covid-19? If so, the Four Rivers Cultural Center wants to provide you with a free Christmas kit filled with quarantine essentials!

We believe our community is a much more vibrant place to live when we support each other– and our health. It’s why we’re looking to deliver 150 kits throughout the county to assist those who have been impacted by the pandemic in the month of December.

Supplies are limited to 150 kits, and will be hand delivered to those Malheur County residents who register on the website. All kits include: ingredients for easy home cooked meals, beverages, hand soap, masks, a gift card for groceries, and more.

We want to help you stay healthy this Holiday Season so be sure to register before December 18th!

The registration will close on Dec. 18 and kits will be delivered Dec. 21 — 23.

If you have any questions, please email

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]

Classes & Trainings

Postvention Training flyer

Some of you may have heard from Nella Redman at Community in Action, but I wanted to do a shout out that TVCC will be offering a combined HDEV 112 Freshman Seminar and HDEV 050 – Pre-College Study Skills class this Winter term. This class will be paid for by Community in Action for Oregon students, so there will be no cost to the students themselves and there will be snacks provided. Attached are the syllabus and course master. We are looking for 16-18 (mostly for maturity and transportation).

Logistically this class will be running on-campus Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm from January 4 to March 16. I will be working as instructor and tutor, helping the students with their homework as well as building up their academic skills. I have considerable experience working as a tutor for three years at the Fruitland Preparatory Academy, specifically working with at-risk youth populations. This is an opportunity for your youth who are struggling with online classes or need assistance with academic skills to have dedicated study hour and expand their horizons towards college. I am also setting them up so that they will be able to take dual credit classes at TVCC if they wish to in the spring.

Who would be a good fit for this course?

  • Students who are failing courses

  • Traditionally high achieving students who are struggling academically during COVID-19

  • Students who receive free lunch

  • Migrant Education Students

If I do not have 7 students by December 30, I will likely not be able to run the class. I have a cap of 15, first come/first serve. If this program is successful we may be able to offer something in the Spring term. I am dependent on your advocacy and recruiting to make this course run. Attached is the registration form that the students will need to turn in to me. Students should NOT be worried about additional course work. Everything they are assigned will be completed within that half hour of dedicated class.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me anytime. I will be out of the office December 19-27 for Holiday Break but will be intermittently checking my emails specifically for updates about this course. Warm regards and have a happy holidays!

Chase Van Weerdhuizen

TVCC ESL Classes [Flyer]

Eastern Oregon Brain Injury Resources Winter Webinar Series:[Flyer]

Parenting NOW: Building Healthy Families will host a virtual parenting class starting Wednesday, Feb 17, 2020 at 7PM and will continue thru March 24, 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. Register at

Health Matters

Coping with COVID- [Presentation]

Dear Colleague: Thank you for joining the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) for our 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A recording of Dr. Zenk’s presentation, “All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters,” is now available on the NIH VideoCast website.

OHA Innovator Agent Bulletin – 12/11/20

Innovator Agent Bulletin – 12/18/20

New Items:

A. (TC) OHA REALD Office Hours for Phase 1 Organizations 1/26, noon-1 p.m.

B. (TC) Health-Related Services Office Hours 1/19, 2/10, 3/9, 4/13

C. Smokefree Oregon – New Cessation Campaigns

D. Supporting Dental Visits for Children during COVID and Beyond

Repeated Items:

A. (TC) REALD Conversations: COVID-19 and the Impact on People with Disabilities 12/18, noon-1:30 p.m.

B. (TC) COVID-19 Response ECHO for Oregon Clinicians – Part III 1st and 3rd Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m., 1/7-6/17

C. (TC) Free Technical Assistance available for clinics addressing the increasing prevalence of unhealthy alcohol (SBIRT) and opioid use

D. (TC) No-cost, online tobacco cessation counseling training for providers – free CMEs available

E. (TC) 2021 Transformation and Quality Strategy Office Hours1/12, 2/9 & 3/3, 11:30 a.m.-noon

F. (TC) QI Training + Technical Assistance for Primary Care Diabetes Control and Dental Care for Patients with Diabetes 1/28 & 3/11

G. Positions Open for OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Committee

H. Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center: Recorded Webinars

New Items

A. (TC) OHA REALD Office Hours for Phase 1 Organizations 1/26, noon-1 p.m.

Contact: Belle Shepherd (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Starting in January 2021, OHA will be hosting office hours for Phase 1 providers to ask REALD questions. REALD is an effort to increase and standardize Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Disability (REALD) data collection across the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). REALD (sometimes referred to as REAL+D, as the original effort focused on race, ethnicity and language) was advanced through the passage of House Bill 2134 passed by the Oregon legislature in 2013.

Phase 1 providers are:

  • Hospitals except for licensed psychiatric hospitals

  • Health care providers within a health system

  • Health care providers working in a federally qualified health center

Register here:

Details on additional office hours will be shared on the OHA REALD webpage:

B. (TC) Health-Related Services Office Hours 1/19, 2/10, 3/9, 4/13

Contact: Anona Gund (

Request: Please share with CCO staff that work with HRS flexible services or community benefit initiatives – or that work with the HRS Exhibit L annual report.

CCO staff are invited to participate in office hours in support of developing the 2020 CCO Health-Related Services (HRS) Exhibit L annual report. This series is hosted by the Oregon Health Authority’s Transformation Center. See attached flier for additional information.

Other Guidance: Additional HRS guidance, including an Exhibit L guidance document, are available on the Transformation Center HRS website:

C. Smokefree Oregon – New Cessation Campaigns

Contact: Sarah Wylie (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Oregon Health Authority’s Smokefree Oregon campaign is running dual statewide paid media (advertising) campaigns, in Spanish and English, from mid-December 2020 through April 2021 to help people in Oregon quit tobacco and nicotine addiction. Every year, many people are motivated to quit as a New Year’s resolution. This year, helping people quit is more important than ever because:

● Cigarette, e-cigarette and cigar prices are increasing significantly on January 1. Smoking a pack a day will now cost close to $3,000 per year.

● As the number of COVID-19 cases surges, quitting smoking and vaping is an important way for people to protect themselves from developing serious complications from COVID-19.

Coordinated Care Organizations and health systems are key partners for helping people to quit. This year, we anticipate high demand for cessation services from providers and insurers due to the price increase, which will also move CCOs closer to meeting tobacco performance metrics. If CCOs are interested in more information about the campaign, and member tools like social media posts or mailers, please contact Sarah Wylie at or 971-200-9887.

English-Language Campaign: Quitting for Real

Quitting for Real uses new ads that show quitting tobacco is a journey, different for each person, and free help is available from the Oregon Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW. New resources are available at for individuals who want to quit tobacco with help or on their own, parents and caregivers of youth who use tobacco or vape products, and health care providers working with patients who want to quit tobacco.

● Ads will run on websites, social networks, billboards, and Google search from December 14 through the end of April. Search ads will continue through the end of 2021.

Spanish-Language Campaign: Vive sin Fumar

Vive sin Fumar was created entirely in Spanish, with and for the Latino community. The campaign includes expanded Spanish-language resources online. Vive sin Fumar is for Latinas/Latinos/Latinx people between 24 to 54 years old who want to quit tobacco or help a loved one quit. Using a positive tone and recognition of the achievements of the Latino community, it emphasizes connection, community experiences, support and a sense of belonging.

● The campaign will run from December 15, 2020 to February 15, 2021 on television, radio and social networks and will offer different forms of free tobacco cessation help in Spanish. It directs people to or to call 1-855-DEJELO-YA.

D. Supporting Dental Visits for Children during COVID and Beyond

Contact: Sarah Wetherson (

Request: Please share with your CCOs and their DCOs.

The current public health emergency creates special challenges for parents to bring their children in for preventive dental visits. OHA is sharing some resources to help make that a little easier.

Dental providers can share with parents these handouts from the National Maternal and Child Oral Resource Center website on coronavirus and oral health. They are also posted under the ‘Dental Providers’ tab on OHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare Partner Resources webpage at

  • Coronavirus Disease and Oral Health: Information for Parents About Promoting Good Oral Health at Home provides healthy eating and oral hygiene tips to practice at home. The handout is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

  • Coronavirus Disease and Oral Health Information for Parents About Visiting the Dental Office provides information about what dental offices are doing to keep patients and parents safe and what to expect before and during a dental visit. The handout is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

We now have communications materials for CCOs to use for promoting well-child (including childhood immunizations) and preventive dental visits. Our goal has been to create a set of tools that all CCOs can easily use to reach out to members and encourage them to make these important appointments for their children. The materials include a brochure, social media assets, advertising assets and more. All materials are available in English and Spanish. You can find the materials and a recording of the accompanying introductory webinar here.

Repeated Items:

A. (TC) REALD Conversations: COVID-19 and the Impact on People with Disabilities 12/18, noon-1:30 p.m.

Contact: Marjorie McGee ( or Tom Cogswell (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities from Dr. Gloria Krahn (former CDC division director and OSU professor). Hear from people with disabilities about their views on REALD data (race, ethnicity, language, disability) and how disability questions should be included.

For those unable to attend, slides and a recording from this session will be posted on the OHA REALD webpage:

Register here:

B. (TC) COVID-19 Response ECHO for Oregon Clinicians – Part III 1st and 3rd Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m., 1/7-6/17


Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Oregon clinicians are cordially invited to participate in the third cohort of the COVID-19 Response ECHO for Oregon Clinicians, sponsored by the Oregon ECHO Network.

What Is ECHO?

ECHO is a tele-mentoring program that uses videoconferencing technology to combine brief expert presentations with interactive and practical case presentations from participants. The overall goal of ECHO programming is to build new capacity for care at the community level.

Focus of This ECHO

This 12-Session program will support clinicians, staff and other healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jointly presented with the Oregon Health Authority, sessions will look at Oregon's response to the pandemic, the state of the science in treatment and prevention, and offer guidance to practices for systems change.

• Learn strategies to optimize the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 while keeping staff and others safe

• Stay current on the Oregon Health Authority’s latest guidance for Oregon healthcare practices

• Receive guidance on evidence-based treatments for COVID-19

• Share and receive advice on systems change within practices.

Benefits of participation include:

• No cost to you or your facility

• No-cost continuing medical education (CME) credits**

• The opportunity to present your tough cases and receive feedback from a multidisciplinary team of specialists and your peers

How to Participate

Sessions for this cohort will occur via videoconference on the first and third Thursdays, noon – 1 p.m., January 7 through June 17, 2021.

This program is open to all Oregon clinicians, healthcare staff, and other healthcare professionals.

For more information, please visit


See attached flier for additional information.

C. (TC) Free Technical Assistance available for clinics addressing the increasing prevalence of unhealthy alcohol (SBIRT) and opioid use

Contact: Contact: Alissa Robbins ( or contact the program directly at

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

The OHA Transformation Center is partnering with the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) to support clinic technical assistance related to SBIRT for unhealthy alcohol and drug use. SBIRT is a “must-pass” incentive measure for CCOs in 2021. This collaborative project, ANTECEDENT, can provide primary care clinics with 12 months of tailored support to implement changes to address unhealthy alcohol use at no-cost to the participating clinics. Additionally, ORPRN is offering a complementary technical assistance opportunity regarding chronic pain management and opioid prescribing (aka PINPOINT). Clinics across Oregon are invited to participate in these free technical assistance opportunities.

(See flier:

D. (TC) No-cost, online tobacco cessation counseling training for providers – free CMEs available

Contact: Anona Gund (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

· What: With cigarette smokers at higher risk for COVID-19, this short online course will improve your care team’s ability to help patients quit tobacco. The course focuses on Brief Tobacco Intervention and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

· Who: All members of the care team committed to supporting their patients to quit tobacco.

· When: The course is self-paced and takes approximately 45 minutes. The course can be started, paused and resumed later as needed.

· CMEs: This training has been reviewed and is accepted for up to 1.0 prescribed credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). For other licensing boards that may not pre-approve continuing education credits (for example, the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists), please submit the certificate of participation to your accrediting body.

· Access the training:

An additional brief intervention training webinar is available from the American Lung Association (ALA) with free continuing education through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Association of Respiratory Care, American Association of Medical Assistants, and National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. The ALA’s Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch training focuses on supporting quit efforts without switching to electronic nicotine device systems. Access the recorded webinar here through December 31, 2020:

E. (TC) 2021 Transformation and Quality Strategy Office Hours 1/12, 2/9 & 3/3, 11:30 a.m.-noon

Contact: Laura Kreger (

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Transformation and Quality Strategy (TQS) office hours with OHA subject matter experts have been scheduled for January 12, February 9 & March 3, 11:30 a.m.-noon. For full details, see this 2021 TQS webinar flier:

F. (TC) QI Training + Technical Assistance for Primary Care Diabetes Control and Dental Care for Patients with Diabetes 1/28 & 3/11

Contact: or Laura Ferrara (971-413-9585)

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

One half-day virtual training on December 3 January 28th or March 11th plus an additional 5 hours for individually tailored improvement support targeting poor HbA1C and oral health evaluation!

WHY: Despite advances in medical care, the number of people with diabetes in Oregon has more than doubled over the last 20 years, and total medical costs for the disease are over $3 billion per year in Oregon. Clinical quality improvements have been shown to enhance outcomes for people with diabetes, and prevent others from developing the disease. These improvements can boost performance on diabetes related quality incentive metrics.

FORMAT: Clinic teams will select and develop quality improvement interventions targeting the diabetes control and dental care for patients with type II diabetes through 1) virtual training, and 2) individually tailored technical assistance from ORPRN practice facilitators.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: For RNs, lead MAs, clinic managers, quality improvement staff and others interested in quality improvement for type II diabetes patient management/ improving HBA1C poor control.

There are many benefits to participation! Participants will learn to:

• Measurably improve performance on diabetes-related quality incentive metrics

• Better support patients at high-risk for COVID-19 complications (e.g. people with type II diabetes)

• Align efforts with telemedicine care for diabetes during COVID-19

• Increase clinical efficiency and impact by aligning systems and workflows

• Use new knowledge, skills and tools in quality improvement techniques that can be applied to

multiple topics and incentive metrics beyond diabetes control/ HBA1C poor control

Support will be tailored to the needs and interests of each clinic using the identify, assess, action, review framework and could include:

• Identifying gaps in current measure performance

• Developing strategies to address gaps

• Creating improvement targets

• Training and consensus on approaches for providers and staff

• Implementing evidence-based workflows

• Engaging and educating patients

G. Positions Open for OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Committee

Contact: Kristen Darmody (971-888-3358,

Request: Please share with your CCOs.

Dear Community Partner,

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way we live, work, and go about our lives. As you may have heard, several potential vaccines are being tested and are estimated to become available in the coming weeks and months. Oregon will distribute safe, effective vaccines once available. Community members who participated in webinars on November 18 told OHA their thoughts, perceptions, and priorities about a COVID vaccine. If you did not participate in one of these webinars and would like to share your thoughts on COVID vaccines, you can do so by completing a short, anonymous survey available in English: and in Spanish: We are using this input to design community engagement around vaccines that addresses your top questions and priorities.

Oregon has developed a draft COVID-19 vaccine plan for the way vaccines could be allocated and distributed. Click here to view the draft plan:

OHA is establishing a Vaccine Advisory Committee to create a vaccine distribution plan that centers equity. To work toward eliminating health inequities and bringing this pandemic to an end, OHA must share power with those communities most impacted and often left out. The goal of the Vaccine Advisory Committee is to co-create a vaccine distribution plan that centers the experiences of populations where the disease is systemically spreading, including communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are sharing this opportunity with community partners so that anyone who may be interested has a chance to learn more and, if they wish, to apply.

  • Scope: The Vaccine Advisory Committee will work with OHA to co-create a final vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes communities most impacted by COVID-19 and those impacted by past and current health inequities.

  • Duties: The Vaccine Advisory Committee will create an equity-based ethical framework to guide decisions on prioritization and allocation of vaccine. It will develop communication and community engagement strategies to build trust and increase confidence in COVID vaccines.

  • Approach: The Vaccine Advisory Committee will use a shared-leadership approach where communities are involved and actively engaged in the decision-making process from the beginning.

  • Out of Scope: Some elements of Oregon’s vaccination strategy are pre-determined by the federal government and not able to be changed. Others may be up to health systems and outside the purview of OHA. These elements will be clearly communicated to the Vaccine Advisory Committee.

  • Membership: The Vaccine Advisory Committee will be assembled to ensure a representative committee designed to address health inequities seen in COVID-19 and to engage delivery system partners. Two main groups are sought for membership:

· Organizations and community members who can speak to community needs, especially communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

· Partners engaged in vaccine delivery, such as hospitals, EMS, pharmacies, and healthcare providers.

  • Meetings: Members will be expected to attend a three-hour initial meeting during the week of January 4 (date and time to be announced) and one- to two-hour weekly meetings through January and February, with continued regular meetings throughout the spring. The committee will continue operations throughout the COVID-19 vaccination process in Oregon. Meetings will be held virtually and will include accommodations for members to participate fully, such as language interpretation and ASL. Members will be paid for their time.

  • Are you interested in serving on this committee? Fill out this form by December 14:

  • If you have questions or need assistance completing the survey, please contact the Community Engagement Team at Leaders from OHA’s Public Health Division and Community Engagement Team will select members and communicate back to all applicants the following week. Members will be selected to ensure community representation, healthcare delivery expertise, geographic diversity, and lived experience. Please share this opportunity with anyone else you know who may be interested.

  • Thank you for all you do for your community. We look forward to hearing from you!


OHA COVID-19 Community Engagement Team

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

· Sign language and spoken language interpreters

· Written materials in other languages

· Braille

· Large print

· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kristen Darmody at 971-888-3358, or or 711 TTY.

H. Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center: Recorded Webinars


Request: Please share with your CCOs.

The Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center (in affiliation with OHSU) has recorded webinars on the following topics:

  • Motivational Interviewing for HPV Vaccination

  • HPV Cancer Prevention

  • Diabetes Teaching Tools & Metaphors

  • Pain Management during COVID-19

  • QIP for HPV Vaccination

  • Hepatitis B

  • Introduction to Non-nociceptive Pain

  • And many others



Tom Cogswell

Project Coordinator


Health Policy and Analytics Division

Transformation Center

Cell: (971) 304-9642

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