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WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project

Megan Patton-Lopez

PhD, RDN, Project Co-Director

Email: pattonlm@wou.edu

Emily Vala-Haynes

PhD, MPH, Project Co-Director

Email: valahaynese@wou.edu

The WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project is a collaborative effort among community health faculty and students, Polk County Public Health, and other community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Our Goals

Our primary goal is to provide coordinated communication outreach and engagement efforts that ensure vulnerable members of Polk County have access to accurate and timely information to protect their health and safety.

Prepare and coordinate community health student contact tracing team to support Polk County Public Health.

Design and implement health communication and community outreach and engagement strategies for vulnerable populations.

Provide real-time data to support contact tracing and COVID-19 case prevention efforts in Polk County and across Oregon.

Project Milestones

2021

  • October 11 OPHA invited panel presentation & poster presentations: Data Brief and Family Thrive Kit Poster.
  • May 27Our team presents at the WOU Academic Excellence Showcase Presidential Plenary Session.
  • January 1Oregon Health Authority Community Outreach and Engagement funding extended to December 31st.

2020

  • October 12Received Outstanding Student Poster Award at the annual Oregon Public Health Association conference.

  • July 10Team begins contact tracing for Polk County.

  • July 1Received Oregon Health Authority Community Outreach and Engagement funding.

  • June 15 Hired project coordinators and first group of contact tracers.

  • June 1Signed contract with Polk County to begin contact tracing.

Our Team

Emily Vala-Haynes, PhD, MPH

Emily Vala-Haynes, PhD, MPH

Project Co-Director

Megan Patton-Lopez, PhD, RDN

Megan Patton-Lopez, PhD, RDN

Project Co-Director

Maddie Dirren, B.S., WOU Alumna

Maddie Dirren, B.S., WOU Alumna

Project Coordinator

Jenny Leon-Perez, B.S., WOU Alumna

Jenny Leon-Perez, B.S., WOU Alumna

Project Coordinator

McKenzie Fisher

McKenzie Fisher

Hometown: Dallas

Kailey Knospe

Kailey Knospe

Hometown: Salem

Jesus Maciel Abarca

Jesus Maciel Abarca

Hometown: Salem

Hannah McCallister

Hannah McCallister

Hometown: Grand Ronde

Fabi Palma Vasquez

Fabi Palma Vasquez

Hometown: Eugene

Jackie Rodriguez

Jackie Rodriguez

Hometown: Phoenix

Esmirna Tencos Mendoza

Esmirna Tencos Mendoza

Hometown: Hillsboro

Former Interns 

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Sonia Castaneda Felix

Sonia Castaneda Felix

Adam Chynoweth

Adam Chynoweth

Kelli Conopa

Kelli Conopa

Ezra Esch

Ezra Esch

Gaby Esquivel

Gaby Esquivel

Cody Gray

Cody Gray

Mariana Guerrero

Mariana Guerrero

Sherwine Guillaume

Sherwine Guillaume

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Allison Kirk

Allison Kirk

Rachel Koljesky

Rachel Koljesky

Queenie Love Agbayani

Queenie Love Agbayani

Rosa Magana Solano

Rosa Magana Solano

Karissa McClanahan

Karissa McClanahan

Sarah Meyer

Sarah Meyer

Laura Moran

Laura Moran

Krysten Perez

Krysten Perez

Rin Schwanke

Rin Schwanke

Kennedy Suhr

Kennedy Suhr