Governor applauds Washington County for vaccinating over 80% of adults, closing equity gaps; Mobile vaccine clinic at Forest Grove Farmers Market example of community outreach in vaccination efforts
Forest Grove, OR—Governor Kate Brown today visited the Forest Grove Farmers Market, which is run by the non-profit Adelante Mujeres, and is where Washington County operates a weekly mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The mobile vaccine clinic is an example of the efforts Washington County has made to reach Latino, Latina, and Latinx communities, as well as other communities of color, with information and access to COVID-19 vaccines. Because of these efforts, the county has vaccinated more than 81% of adults and closed vaccination equity gaps.
"Vaccination is our path out of this pandemic. Community partnerships like the one between Washington County and Adelante Mujeres are key to increasing vaccination rates and closing vaccination equity gaps for our Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and communities of color," said Governor Brown. "I’d like to thank Chair Harrington, everyone at Washington County Public Health, and Adelante Mujeres for the opportunity to see their extraordinary work firsthand. They are proof that, when we work together and reach people where they are in our communities, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.”
“We are so grateful to our community members who have been vaccinated and to our partners like Adelante Mujeres who are working so hard to close the vaccination equity gap," said Washington County Board of Commissioners Chair Kathryn Harrington. "These partnerships improve healthcare, education, and economic opportunities for many people of color in our community, and now they are making it easier for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine."
"For communities to thrive it is essential to build individual and communal power for the common good. Because Latinx communities have been hit hard by COVID-19, their voices are crucial to the solution," said Bridget Cooke, Adelante Mujeres' Executive Director of Adelante. "Our dedicated team of promotores – or community health workers – is courageously promoting vaccinations, answering questions, and connecting families to needed resources to help ease the burden. At Adelante Mujeres, we promote practices that lead to health equity, and we advocate for shared leadership grounded in solidarity. Our partnership with Washington County is vital to this work, to vaccine outreach, and to COVID-19 recovery."
The Governor also visited the Adelante Mujeres building adjacent to the farmers market, seeing the Early Childhood Development and Small Business Enterprise Programs, along with the Washington County mobile vaccine clinic.
The Governor was joined by Washington County Board of Commissioners Chair Kathryn Harrington, Adelante Mujeres Executive Director Bridget Cooke, and Washington County Public Health Nurse Kelsey Streeter.
• Photos of the event can be found here
• Watch or download broadcast quality video of other efforts by Washington County to close the vaccination equity gap at this link