WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 Project
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.
- June The Covid-19 Project reaches it’s 2 year anniversary.
- March Our team partnered with the WOU Library and Art Department to utilize the Communities for Immunity Grant to promote Covid-19 vaccine information through local libraries.
- January – March Our team co-hosted vaccine events throughout Polk County with community partners.
December 10 Our team hosted the second commuity health fair event, with more information and resources and distributed 503 vaccine doses.
November 19 Our team hosted a community health fair event and distributed 285 vaccines.
October 11OPHA invited panel presentation & poster presentations: Data Brief and Family Thrive Kit poster.
May 27 Our team presents at the WOU Academic Excellence Showcase Presidential Plenary Session.
- January 1 Oregon Health Authority Community Outreach and Engagament funding extended to December 31st.
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.
Emily Vala-Haynes, PhD, MPH
Megan Patton-Lopez, PhD, RDN
Maddie Dirren, B.S., WOU Alumna
Jenny Leon-Perez, B.S., WOU Alumna
Jessica Garibay Ochoa
Hometown: Grand Ronde
Fabi Palma Vasquez
Esmirna Tencos Mendoza
Sonia Castaneda Felix
Queenie Love Agbayani
Jesus Maciel Abarca
Rosa Magana Solano