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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

  • January 1Oregon Health Authority Community Outreach and Engagement funding extended to June 30th.

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

Sonia Castaneda Felix

Sonia Castaneda Felix

Hometown: Salem

Gaby Esquivel

Gaby Esquivel

Hometown: Lebanon

Cody Gray

Cody Gray

Hometown: Myrtle Creek

Mariana Guerrero

Mariana Guerrero

Hometown: Salem

Queenie Love Agbayani

Queenie Love Agbayani

Hometown: Wailuku (HI)

Jesus Maciel Abarca

Jesus Maciel Abarca

Hometown: Salem

Karissa McClanahan

Karissa McClanahan

Hometown: Independence

Sarah Meyer

Sarah Meyer

Hometown: Gresham

Fabi Palma Vasquez

Fabi Palma Vasquez

Hometown: Eugene

Jackie Rodriguez

Jackie Rodriguez

Hometown: Phoenix

Rin Schwanke

Rin Schwanke

Hometown: Monmouth

Kennedy Suhr

Kennedy Suhr

Hometown: Milwaukie

Esmirna Tencos Mendoza

Esmirna Tencos Mendoza

Hometown: Hillsboro

Former Interns 

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Adam Chynoweth

Adam Chynoweth

Oliver Esch

Oliver Esch

Sherwine Guillaume

Sherwine Guillaume

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Allison Kirk

Allison Kirk

Rachel Koljesky

Rachel Koljesky

Rosa Magana Solano

Rosa Magana Solano

Laura Moran

Laura Moran

Krysten Perez

Krysten Perez