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White Bird Clinic community vaccination site highlights importance of community-based efforts to reach underserved populations
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today joined Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio in Eugene for a tour of the White Bird Clinic community vaccination site at WOW Hall, as well as a discussion with key community partners. The visit highlighted the importance of equitable vaccine distribution; underscored the importance of getting vaccinated; and showcased a community health center that will use American Rescue Plan dollars to reach and vaccinate underserved populations.

"It’s critical that we meet people where they are in our communities to provide equitable access to vaccines," said Governor Brown. "The White Bird community vaccination site, and their soon-to-be-deployed mobile vaccination unit, are strong examples of how we can work collaboratively and creatively to reach traditionally underserved communities. I'd like to thank Mr. Emhoff and Chair DeFazio for their support in ensuring funds from the American Rescue Plan will support community-based vaccination efforts to reach the communities hardest hit by COVID-19."

Attending the visit with the the Governor, Second Gentleman, and Rep. DeFazio, were the following community partners:

• Chris Hecht, Executive Coordinator of White Bird Clinic
• Marissa Zarate, Co-Director of the Latinx & Immigrant Family Wellness Hub
• Pastor DeLeesa Meashintubby, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Lane County
• Karen Gaffney, Director of Lane County Health & Human Services

Photos of the Governor's visit are available here.

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