Corporate Giants Buy Up Primary Care Practices at Rapid Pace
Large health insurers and other companies are especially keen on doctors' groups that care for patients in private Medicare plans.
By Reed Abelson
[The New York Times, May 12, 2023] — It's no surprise that the shortage of primary care doctors — who are critically important to the health of Americans — is getting worse.
They practice in one of medicine's lowest paid, least glamorous fields. Most are overworked, seeing as many s 30 people a ; figuring out when a sore throat is a strep ifection, or managing a patient's chronic diabetes. — Full story on The New York Times
Community Health Centers Recognized for Excellence Across Oregon
Individuals or Teams at Four Community Health Centers Recognized for their Contributions
By Jordan Frazier
PORTLAND, Ore. [Oregon Primary Care Association, September 28, 2022] — The Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2021-2022 Awards of Excellence.
Every year, individuals and teams are nominated by their peers for outstanding work achieved in support of underserved and marginalized patients and communities in Oregon. — Full story on Oregon Primary Care Association
Two women help hundreds of Oregon families stay off the streets
The program is part of the Neighborhood Health Center and is within months of running out of money.
By Blair Best
PORTLAND, Ore. [KGW, May 9, 2022] — A local health organization helped hundreds of Oregonians stay off the streets during the pandemic, but now it needsm ore funding to keep it going.
Yesi Olvera is one of two women at the Neighborhood Health Center helping families in need of food, transportation, and healthcare. She is often a calm, constant voice for many struggling to make ends meet. — Full story on KGW.
Five honored by WashCo for Public Health Week
These organizations, and one individual, earned recognition for helping expand access to care during the pandemic.
By Troy Shinn
HILLSBORO, Ore. [Pamplin Media, April 4, 2022] — Five Washington County groups have been honored for their contributions to public health as part of National Public Health Week.
The Washington County Medical Reserve Corps helped staff many of the county's 350 vaccination clinics over the past year. Not only did this contribute to general vaccination efforts, but the group says it strove to make clinics accessible to those with language barriers and other concerns. — Full story on Pamplin Media
Shot clinics open at Oregon schools as focus turns to families
100,000 more adults in Oregon need their first vaccine dose for the state to reach the 70% benchmark
By KOIN 6 News Staff, Lisa Balick
PORTLAND, Ore. [KOIN 6, June 3, 2021] — Oregon is pushing to get 70% of adults vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of June but the pace is slowing.
More than 100,000 Oregonians still need a first dose before the state can reach the threshold set by Governor Kat Brown in the process of lowering restrictions. — Full story on KOIN
Tualatin drive-thru clinic for teens aims to administer 500 vaccinations
TUALATIN, Ore. [KATU, June 5, 2021] — The effort to get teenagers in Oregon vaccinated continued with a drive-up clinic in Tualatin on Saturday.
Free shots were available for kids ages 12 to 17. The clinic had a goal of getting 500 doses into arms before the event ends at 5 p.m. When KATU News spoke to organizers early Saturday afternoon, they said they had reached the halfway mark. — Full story on KATU
Four Oregon health centers chosen to get vaccines directly from federal government in effort to increase equity
An additional nine health centers across Oregon have been invited to join the four currently participating in the new federal vaccine program
By Morgan Romero
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. [KGW, March 10, 2021] — In an effort to be more equitable, four health centers in Oregon became part of a new federal vaccine program that began in February. An additional nine have been invited to participate within the next six weeks.
The program's goal is to get more shots in the arms of underserved communities and those disproportionately hurt by the pandemic. — Full story on KWG
COVID vaccine: Here's where to get it in Oregon and Washington
From mass vaccination clinics to pharmacies to community clinics, here's where you can get the vaccine in Oregon and southwest Washington.
By KGW Staff, Andrew Dorn
[KGW, March 9, 2021] — All Oregonians and Washingtonians over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Oregon and Washington kids ages 12 to 15 are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Here are all the ways you can get a vaccine in the state of Oregon and southwest Washington.
You can also visit vaccinefinder.org to find a vaccine location near you. — Full story on KGW