Guest blog post with tips on transportation options for Central Oregonians from Jennifer Ball, Community Health Worker III at Mosaic Medical.
Mosaic Medical has a team of Community Health Workers (CHW) ready to assist our patients in overcoming barriers to care. One of these barriers is access to adequate transportation. We know that not having a safe way to get to appointments keeps many people from visiting their doctor or other healthcare provider. Our CHWs work with our patients to find resources to help make sure they can get to their appointments.
We want to help everyone in our community be able to get to their appointments! We’ve put together this list of transportation options in Central Oregon that we hope you find helpful.
Please contact these agencies directly for more information, or if you are a Mosaic patient, reach out to your Mosaic Community Health Worker, who will help determine what resources are available to you.
Cascades East Transit – Bus System
Who can use this service: Anyone in Central Oregon
Non Emergent Medical Transport (NEMT) Who can use this service: OHP and DMAP/OpenCard members
Mileage reimbursement AND door-to-door rides for doctor appointments, behavioral health visits, dental appointment, and pharmacy trips to pick up OHP covered medications and WIC appointments
Rides should be scheduled 48 hours in advance
Same day rides may be accommodated on an as available basis
If an appointment is cancelled/rescheduled, the ride will also need to be cancelled/rescheduled
For OHP patients call Modvicare at 844-544-1397
For DMAP/OpenCard patients call Cascade East Ride Center at 541-385-8680
Dial-A-Ride Who can use this service: Patient with a disability OR age 60+ AND low income AND not living near a Cascade East Transit area fixed route may qualify for these services.
Bend Dial-A-Ride is a curb-to-curb, shared ride transit service providing rides within the community the member resides in only (not from one community to another).
Your Primary Care Provider and Community Health Worker work to complete application together documenting your disability
For scheduling call 541-385-8680 or Toll Free 1-866-385-8680 48 hours before transportation need (does not only have to be used for appointments, can be shopping, etc.)
Choose extension 2
Provide the following information to schedule a ride:
Name, DOB, address, location that you will be going and the time that you need to arrive, time that you need taken back home
Fees are associated with this service
Other Transportation Options Available
Cascade East Veterans Transportation
This is a no cost, ADA-accessible service provided to veterans, providing transportation to doctor appointments, VA clinics, pharmacies, and other important healthcare related destinations located within Central Oregon.
Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call Cascades East Transit Call Center at 541-385-8680
STARS – Sisters Transportation and Ride Share
Sisters Transportation and Ride Share (STARS) aims to provide all Sisters residents with free transportation within Sisters, as well as to Bend and Redmond for non-emergency medical appointments: physician, dental, vision, physical therapy, hearing, lab work and testing.
Call 541-904-5545 to schedule and/or ask about the STARS application process
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number and allow 24 hours for a volunteer response about the STARS application process
MOSAIC MEDICAL ANNOUNCES CREATION OF “KEMPLE CHILDREN’S DENTAL FUND” Gift of $81,000 establishes fund to ensure dental care for Central Oregon children
Bend, Oregon, Feb. 24, 2021 – Mosaic Medical, a community health center with 15 clinics across Central Oregon, is proud and grateful to continue the vision of the late Dr. H.M. Kemple with the creation of the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund. The fund has been established with a generous gift of $81,000 from the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic, which closed its doors last year after more than 20 years of service to our community. The fund will provide integrated dental services at Mosaic clinics for children throughout Central Oregon who are uninsured or from low-income homes, allowing Dr. Kemple’s vision to live on.
“We are grateful for the ability to provide this gift to Mosaic that will ensure children across Central Oregon can still receive dental services, regardless of their family’s ability to pay,” said Suzanne Browning, former Executive Director of the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic. “And we are so pleased that Dr. Kemple’s legacy will continue to have a positive impact on our community.”
Dr. H.M. Kemple at the unveiling of the Kemple Clinic in 1998.
Dr. Kemple’s Lasting Legacy
Dr. Kemple believed that improving the health and well-being of all children and young adults in our community creates a strong, healthy workforce and vibrant economy. His goal was to ensure that all children in Central Oregon have access to quality dental care. He opened the doors of the Kemple Clinic in 1998, and after his passing in 2007, The Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic continued to be a place where Central Oregon children who were at risk, underserved or uninsured could receive the dental care they needed at no cost to their families.
For more than two decades the organization provided pro bono dental services, and in recent years their board closely watched state, regional and local efforts to integrate dental coverage into overall health improvement priorities. As a result of these successful comprehensive integration efforts across Central Oregon, the board realized in November of 2019 that their mission was finally complete. The decision was made to make a change.
Looking to the future
As the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic prepared to close its doors last year, Mosaic Medical was honored to partner with the organization to create a plan to continue their mission of ensuring that all children in our community have access to quality dental care. Part of this effort includes the establishment of the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund. Mosaic Medical has also agreed to continue the annual “Brighter Smiles Campaign” fundraising effort to benefit the fund.
“We are humbled to receive this gift—of funding and of trust—that allows us to carry on the important work of Dr. Kemple,” said Megan Haase, FNP and CEO of Mosaic Medical. “We know that across the Central Oregon region there is a great need for dental care for children. Access to early dental care can make such a difference in the life of a child, and for the future of our community.”
Tooth pain and dental diseases—such as undetected cavities—are leading causes of school absenteeism for children. Studies have shown that children with higher absentee rates are at serious risk of falling behind in areas including reading and math, which is related to poor graduation rates in the future.
To contribute to the Kemple Children’s Dental Fund, please visit mosaicmedical.org or contact Mosaic Medical’s Development Officer, Angela Saraceno at email@example.com or 541-323-3860
About Mosaic Medical: Mosaic Medical is a nonprofit community health center that serves Central Oregonians from all walks of life. Through a network of 15 clinics, we offer integrated health services that address each patient’s medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition and medication needs. Our care is never influenced by how much money our patients make, what language they speak or the status of their insurance coverage. Mosaic Medical provides quality care for all.
MOSAIC MEDICAL WELCOMES NADINE SPARAGO TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Redmond resident brings creative energy to the community health center
Bend, Oregon, Feb. 9, 2021 – Mosaic Medical is pleased to welcome Nadine Sparago, a Redmond resident and visual design specialist, to the board of directors governing the nonprofit community health center.
Sparago brings creative energy to the board, with a background in visual merchandising, product design and customer service, and she is also a published author under a pen name. She most recently worked for Habitat for Humanity in Redmond, prior to the pandemic shutdown. Sparago’s background also includes early childhood education, with a focus on fundraising and charitable work.
“I became a Mosaic patient at a crucial time in my life, where premium healthcare and dedicated doctors and staff were vital to my mental health and physical well-being,” said Sparago. “I was and continue to be treated with dignity by nurturing professionals at Mosaic and I am honored to represent an organization that provides the community I reside in with accessible, affordable and heartfelt healthcare.”
Sparago, as someone who receives her healthcare at Mosaic and who has served as a member of the Redmond Patient Advocacy Council, brings unique insight to bring to the work of the board, which is governed by a patient majority.
“We welcome Nadine to our board of directors and are looking forward integrating her creative approach into our work,” said Megan Haase, FNP and Mosaic Medical CEO. “And as a resident of Redmond she will help our efforts to represent that growing population.”
In the past, Sparago has served on the board of directors for St. Vincent De Paul and volunteered on the Women’s Committee with St. Matthew Catholic Church in Florida. She enjoys volunteer work and is looking forward to contributing her time and energy to the board at Mosaic, and sharing the common goal of maintaining high-quality, affordable health and dental care for Central Oregonians.
About Mosaic Medical:
Mosaic Medical is a nonprofit community health center that serves all Central Oregonians, regardless of life circumstances. Through a network of 15 clinics, we offer integrated health services that address each patient’s medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition and medication needs. Our care is never influenced by how much money our patients make, what language they speak or the status of their insurance coverage. Mosaic Medical provides quality care for all.
Health Screenings guest blog post author: Brooke Williams, Population Health Specialist III at Mosaic Medical
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many patients to fall behind on important health screenings. We want to take this opportunity to help you get caught back up.
Let’s start by answering some common questions:
What is a health screening?
Health screenings are tests that help to identify if you have or are at risk of developing a disease or health condition. If a disease is caught early, it is often easier to treat.
How do I know which screenings are recommended for me?
The recommended screenings vary by age, gender, and family health history. Here is a general table listing common screenings for adults. The table includes how often they are recommended, and for who. Please note that your doctor may recommend these screenings more often if you are at a higher risk based on symptoms, your health history, or your family’s health history.
What do health screenings cost?
Most insurances cover screenings, but it is always a good idea to check with your insurance plan prior to completing a test to verify coverage. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance plan does not cover the screening, we may have resources available to get screenings completed at reduced or no cost to you.
Is it safe to complete these screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We recognize that some of these screenings are completed through our community partners, St. Charles and Central Oregon Radiology. We want to assure you that these community partners are also taking all of the necessary precautions to keep patients safe.
Have questions? Check out the links below for more information. You can also reach out to your Mosaic care team via MyChart.
Mosaic Medical is currently collaborating with county health departments and other regional healthcare organizations to provide COVID-19 vaccines in a centralized location.
To receive a notification when you are eligible to schedule your vaccine, sign up here: vaccine.deschutes.org
This service is available to residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Now Available for Those Age 70 and Older
Central Oregon residents who are age 70 and older are now eligible to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, joining those in Phase 1A (includes healthcare workers) and several groups in Phase 1B (includes educators).
Where will the vaccine be administered?
Currently vaccines are being administered at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, the vaccine is available by appointment only. Please bring proof of your age to the appointment.
How do I make an appointment to receive the vaccine?
Schedule your appointment online by visiting www.stcharleshealthcare.org
• Visit www.stcharleshealthcare.org
• Select “Sign up!” under COVID-19 Vaccination Information
• Select Oregon Residents 70+
• Complete registration
Look for your confirmation from St. Charles Health System/MyChart in your email after submission. Your appointment scheduling is complete once you have received this message.
If you need help with scheduling your appointment call 541-699-5020. Plan on leaving a message and your call will be returned.
How much does the vaccine cost?
There is no out-of-pocket cost to attend this clinic. Please bring your current proof of employment and insurance card, if applicable, to check-in.
How long does the vaccine appointment take?
The vaccination process includes several steps and will take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
Can I bring a companion with me to my appointment?
You may be accompanied to your vaccine appointment, however only those with an appointment will be able to be vaccinated.
Your friends and family members can fill out the vaccine interest form atvaccine.deschutes.organd be notified when they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
There continues to be a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Oregon. This opportunity has been created for Central Oregon residents age 75 and older. Any person who does not qualify and signs up for the vaccine is potentially taking a vaccine away from an eligible individual.
Will there be more clinics in other areas of Central Oregon?
Later this week, vaccine clinics are expected to be scheduled in La Pine, Madras and Prineville. More information will be shared when it is available.
Where can I learn more about vaccine facts and safety?
For information on the safety and other FAQs about the vaccine, please visit: OHA COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.
Who is next in line to begin scheduling for vaccine appointments?
We are following the state of Oregon guidelines for administering the vaccine. Central Oregon is currently slightly ahead of schedule and is expected to open up vaccine scheduling for those 70 years of age and older, followed by those age 65 and older in the coming weeks.
To receive a notification when you are eligible to schedule your vaccine, sign up here: vaccine.deschutes.org
This service is available to residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
Where can I get help with scheduling?
If you have any questions or issues with scheduling call 541-699-5020.
Please do not call Mosaic Medical directly, thank you for helping us keep our phone lines open for those in need of immediate healthcare.
Información de Mosaic Medical sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19
Actualizado el 2/23/21
Mosaic Medical colabora actualmente con los departamentos de salud de los condados y otras organizaciones regionales de salud para brindar vacunas del COVID-19 en un lugar centralizado.
Para recibir notificación cuando califique para programar una cita para la vacuna, inscríbase aquí:vaccine.deschutes.org
Este servicio se ofrece a residentes de los condados de Deschutes, Crook y Jefferson.
La vacuna del COVID-19 ya está disponible para personas de 70 años o más
Los residentes de Oregón Central que tienen 70 años o más ya califican para programar su vacuna contra el COVID-19, además de aquellos en Fase 1A (incluso trabajadores de salud) y varios grupos en Fase 1B (incluso educadores).
¿Dónde se dará la vacuna?
Ahora se dan las vacunas en el Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.
¿Necesito una cita?
Sí, la vacuna está disponible solo con cita previa. Por favor traiga comprobante de su edad a la cita.
Seleccione el botón que dice “Sign up!” debajo del título “COVID-19 Vaccination Information”
Seleccione el botón que dice “Residentes de Oregon de 70 años o más”
Llene la solicitud
Busque su confirmación de St. Charles Health System/MyChart en su correo electrónico después de entregarla. Su cita está programada una vez que reciba este mensaje.
Si necesita ayuda para programar su cita llame al 541-699-5020. Espere dejar un mensaje y le devolverán la llamada.
¿Cuánto cuesta la vacuna?
No hay costo para los individuos que asistan a esta clínica. Por favor traiga su comprobante de empleo y tarjeta de seguro médico actuales, si le aplican.
¿Cuánto tiempo tarda la cita de vacuna?
El proceso de vacunación incluye varios pasos y toma entre 30 y 45 minutos.
¿Puedo traer a un compañero a mi cita?
Alguien puede acompañarle a su cita de vacuna, sin embargo solo se vacunan a los que tienen citas previas.
Sus familiares y amigos pueden llenar el formulario de interés en la vacuna envaccine.deschutes.org (el formulario está en inglés) para recibir notificación cuando califiquen para la vacuna del COVID-19.
Siguen habiendo reservas muy limitadas de la vacuna del COVID-19 en Oregón. Se creó esta oportunidad para residentes de Oregón Central de 70 años o más. Cualquier persona que no califica y aun así programa una cita, le puede estar quitando la vacuna a una persona que sí califica.
¿Habrán más clínicas en otras áreas de Oregón Central?
Más tarde esta semana, se espera programar clínicas de vacunación en La Pine, Madras y Prineville. Se comunicará más información cuando esté disponible.
¿Dónde puedo saber más de la información y seguridad de la vacuna?
¿A quién le toca próximo para poder hacer cita para la vacuna?
Seguimos las guías del estado de Oregón para administrar la vacuna. Oregón Central está un poco adelante del horario establecido. Se espera incluir aquellos de 70 años y mayore en la programación de vacunas y luego a los de 65 años y mayores en las próximas semanas.
Para recibir un aviso cuando califique para programar su vacuna, inscríbase aquí:vaccine.deschutes.org (el formulario está en inglés)
Este servicio se ofrece a residentes de los condados de Deschutes, Crook y Jefferson.
¿Dónde encuentro ayuda con la programación?
Si tiene alguna pregunta o dificultad para hacer su cita llame al 541-699-5020.
Por favor no llame a Mosaic Medical directamente, gracias por ayudarnos a mantener a nuestras líneas abiertas para los que necesitan atención de salud inmediata.
Seasons Greetings (Eatings) from your Mosaic Nutritionists!
Mosaic Nutritionists Megann Dastrup, MDA, RDN and Marcella Canelo, MS, RDN show off their home baking skills and invite you to join them in a Virtual Cookie Exchange!
The holidays are a time of celebration and sharing. In past years this might have included a cookie exchange at work, or gifting holiday cookies to friends and families. This year we may not be able to share our holiday favorites in person, but we can share our recipes!
Please join our virtual holiday cookie exhange and post your favorite recipes for holiday baked goods in the comments to this post. We’d love to see them!
We’ve posted links to a few recipes below that we would like to share. Some of the links contain healthy modifications, while others are simply good, old-fashioned cookie recipes.
Whether your cookies are modified or not, they should always achieve the objective of bringing joy! Because life is short and food shouldn’t just be a source of nutrition, it should also bring people together and bring happiness to your life.
We look forward to seeing your links to your favorite holiday cookie recipes, photos of baking or your baked goods, or your tips for making your favorite holiday treats healthier.
Wishing you a happy, healthy holiday full of joy and delicious food.
Mosaic Medical Receives Grant from Central Oregon Health Council
Funds will support video remote interpreting and other communication tools
Bend, Oregon, Dec. 14, 2020 – Mosaic Medical, a nonprofit community health center providing quality care for all in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras, was recently awarded $43,000 from the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC). The funds will be used to improve communication and language access services for Mosaic patients.
The grant funds will be used to purchase video remote interpreting technology and simple communication aid tools at eight of Mosaic’s 15 primary care clinics. This investment will enhance communication and improve access to comprehensive primary care services for patients whose primary language is other than English, and for patients who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or who have limited vision.
“We are so pleased to receive this grant from COHC and to use the funds to enhance the ability of our providers and team members to communicate with all of our patients,” said Megan Haase, Mosaic Medical CEO. “We believe that by increasing the quality of our interpretation services and by adding communication tools in our clinics that we will see health outcomes improve for our patients.”
Mosaic currently has several hundred patients who speak a language other than English or Spanish, including American Sign Language/Sign Language, Chinese, Farsi, Hindu, Thai, Russian and 15 other languages. While Mosaic does have Spanish interpreters on site in most clinics, they are unable to fully meet the demand for in-person interpretation. The COHC grant funds will support the purchase of technology that will allow trained interpreters in Spanish and other languages to use a video chat platform to connect with patients and providers.
The current phone interpretation services available for Mosaic patients has limitations that can sometimes cause important details related to their health visit to get lost in translation. Additionally, use of a video platform allows for assessment of nonverbal cues clues that can aid in communication. The implementation of video remote interpreting is intended to bring the same high quality interpretation services that Mosaic’s Spanish-speaking patients receive to those patients who speak other languages.
Mosaic currently has approximately 500 patients with limited vision, and a number of patients with limited hearing for whom communication such as the process of checking in for an appointment can be challenging. Mosaic intends to purchase pocket talkers with headphones to amplify sound, document magnifiers, and white boards for patients who are nonverbal to use for simple communication prior to the arrival of an interpreter.
“At Mosaic we are truly committed to providing equitable care for all of our patients,” said Haase. “And we greatly appreciate the support of the COHC in helping us continue to achieve this vision for our community.”
The COHC is dedicated to improving the health of the region and providing oversight of the Medicaid population and Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). COHC was officially created by to promote the health of the region’s residents and seeks to achieve the Triple Aim of improving health outcomes, increasing satisfaction with the health system, and reducing cost. The COHC and Central Oregon’s CCO, PacificSource Community Solutions (PSCS), work together to transform healthcare in the region and to use integrated and coordinated healthcare systems to improve health; increase quality, reliability, availability, and continuity of care; and reduce the cost of care.
About Mosaic Medical:
Mosaic Medical is a nonprofit community health center that serves all Central Oregonians, regardless of life circumstances. Through a network of 15 clinics, we offer integrated health services that address each patient’s medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition and medication needs. Our care is never influenced by how much money our patients make, what language they speak or the status of their insurance coverage. Mosaic Medical provides quality care for all. For more information visit our website at www.mosaicmedical.org.
Important information about the open enrollment period!
What is open enrollment?
Open enrollment is an annual period of time where individuals or families can enroll in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (HealthCare.gov).
How long is open enrollment? When does it start?
Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 – Dec. 15. During this time individuals or families can enroll in a health insurance plan. You may not enroll on a plan after the deadline without a qualifying event or circumstance (losing other health insurance, getting married, having a baby…).
Who is eligible?
Anyone who is not eligible for OHP and your employer does not offer health insurance
Any immigrant with CAWEM coverage without access to total benefits under OHP due to residency guidelines.
Who is not eligible?
If you or a family member are offered health insurance from your employer
If you are eligible for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or Medicare benefits
If you do not have proof of legal status (If you do not have proof of legal status, there are still options for you, call to speak to an enrollment specialist)
How can I enroll in health insurance during open enrollment?
Mosaic Medicals enrollment specialists can assist with this process by phone. COMPLETELY FREE.
I don’t have the financial resources to buy health insurance, what are my options?
Enrollment specialists can refer you to financial assistance programs to ensure that everyone has access to medical services. If you fear going to the doctor for financial reasons or immigration status, call to find out your options.
Are the Open Enrollment Period and OHP the same?
No. The Open Enrollment Period is an annual event where those who are ineligible for OHP can purchase individual plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is the State of Oregon Medicaid program. It is available all year round. Any minor is eligible for OHP regardless of legal status.
Remember, Open Enrollment closes December 15, 2020! If you have additional questions or would like to review your options call 541-647-2717.
We would be happy to speak with you!
¡Información importante sobre el Periodo de inscripción abierta!
¿Qué es el Periodo de inscripción abierta?
El Periodo de inscripción abierta es un evento anual donde los individuos o las familias pueden inscribirse a un seguro médico a través del Mercado de seguros médicos (www.Healthcare.gov)
¿Cuánto dura el Periodo de inscripción abierta? ¿Cuándo empieza?
El Periodo de inscripción abierta corre desde el 1º de noviembre, 2020 – 15 de diciembre, 2020. No podrá inscribirse a un plan después de la fecha límite a menos que tenga una circunstancia o evento que califique fuera de este periodo (perdida de seguro medico, casarse, nacer un niño…)..
¿Quién es elegible?
Cualquier persona que no califique para el Plan de Salud de Oregón (OHP) y su empleador no ofrece seguro médico.
Cualquier inmigrante con la cobertura CAWEM sin acceso al beneficio total del Plan de Salud de Oregón por temas de residencia.
¿Quién no es elegible?
Si usted o un miembro de su familia es ofrecido seguro médico de parte de su empleador
Si es elegible para beneficios de el Plan de Salud de Oregón (OHP) o Medicare
Si no tiene comprobante de su estatus legal (Si no tiene comprobante del estatus legal, aún hay opciones para usted. Hable con un especialista de inscripción.)
¿Cómo puedo solicitar un seguro médico durante este Periodo de inscripción abierta?
Especialistas de inscripción en Mosaic Medical pueden asistir con este proceso completamente GRATIS por teléfono.
No tengo los recursos financieros para comprar un seguro médico, ¿cuáles son mis opciones?
Los especialistas de inscripción pueden referir a programas de ayuda financiera para asegurar que toda persona tenga acceso a servicios médicos. Si usted tema ir al médico por cuestiones financieras o del estatus migratorio, llame para conocer sus opciones.
¿El Periodo de inscripción abierta y OHP es lo mismo?
No. El Periodo de inscripción abierta es un evento anual donde las personas no elegibles para OHP pueden comprar planes individuales a través del Mercado de seguros médicos. El Plan de Salud de Oregón (OHP) es el programa de Medicaid del estado de Oregón. Se puede inscribir en todo momento para el OHP. Cualquier menor de edad es elegible para OHP sin importar el estatus legal.
Recuerde, el Periodo de inscripción abierta para el Mercado cierra el 15 de diciembre, 2020. Si tiene preguntas adicionales o quisiera ver sus opciones, llame al 541-647-2717.
Set to open in spring 2022, new clinic will increase access to primary care services
Bend, Oregon, Nov. 9, 2020 – Mosaic Medical, Central Oregon’s largest community health center, was one of 165 Community Health Centers across the nation to recently receive a grant award through the Capital Assistance for Disaster Response and Recovery Efforts (CADRE) opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The grant award of $954,386 will be used to support the construction of a new Mosaic clinic that will be co-located with the Jefferson County Public Health Department on the St. Charles Madras campus. The intention is to create the foundation of a community health and wellness campus in Madras; the new building is set to open in spring 2022.
“The CADRE funding will ensure that Mosaic Medical is able to increase access to high quality medical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services for everyone while increasing the community’s capacity to respond to and recover from future emergencies,” said Elaine Knobbs-Seasholtz, Director of Strategy and Development at Mosaic.
The purpose of the CADRE supplemental funding is to provide one-time support for health centers in areas that were impacted by emergencies/disasters in 2018-2019. Madras was impacted by a severe winter storm in 2018 and qualified for these funds as declared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mosaic Medical is a nonprofit community health center that serves Central Oregonians, regardless of life circumstances. Through a network of 15 clinics, we offer integrated health services that address each patient’s medical, dental, behavioral health, nutrition and medication needs. Our care is never influenced by how much money our patients make, what language they speak or the status of their insurance coverage. Mosaic Medical provides quality care for all.
Halloween is on the horizon! As we approach the spooktacular holiday it is important to remember that we are currently seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases. The choices we make about how we will celebrate this holiday will have an impact. Our decisions will affect not only ourselves and our families, but our neighbors, our communities and the most vulnerable people among us. But that doesn’t mean that Halloween can’t still be spooky and fun!
Avoid high-risk activities
This Halloween, the Oregon Health Authority is recommending that Oregonians avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating. “Trunk or Treat” events are also not recommended, because these are high risk activities for crowding among people outside your household. This recommendation aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also recommends families avoid traditional trick or treating. Attending crowded costume parties held indoors, going to an indoor haunted house and going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household are also considered high-risk activities and should be avoided.
Choose safer, low-risk activities
Some ideas for safer, low-risk activities include:
Hold an online costume contest
Have a Halloween movie night with people you live with
Carve pumpkins with people in your household
Go all-out to decorate your house or apartment
Tour your neighborhood to look at decorated houses with members of your household
Have a scavenger hunt trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home
Have a scavenger hunt with a list of Halloween-theme items to look for in your neighborhood while keeping a safe distance from others
“If you dress up in a costume, be careful to plan a costume that allows you to wear a face covering,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “Halloween masks will not protect you or others from coronavirus. Wearing a cloth or disposable face mask that fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose is still required while wearing a costume, no matter how scary or silly your costume is.”
Continue to follow safety guidelines
As you celebrate Halloween, don’t forget to continue to follow the guidelines to keep everyone safe:
Maintain social distancing and limit close contact.
Wash hands frequently.
Thanks for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 this Halloween!
Other holidays are also just around the bend, like Día de los Muertos! For all holidays your family celebrates, please keep social distancing and wear masks when in public.
El Halloween: Consejos para una celebración segura, pero todavía espeluznante y divertido
¡Ya viene el Halloween! A medida que nos acercamos al festival divertido, es importante recordar que estamos viendo más y más casos del COVID-19. Las decisiones que tomemos sobre cómo celebrar esta festividad tendrán un impacto. Nuestras decisiones no solo nos afectarán a nosotros y nuestras familias, sino también a nuestros vecinos, nuestras comunidades y la gente más delicada. ¡Pero no quiere decir que el Halloween no puede ser “espeluznante” y divertido!
Eviten actividades de alto riesgo
Este año, la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón recomienda que nuestros ciudadanos no vayan a pedir dulces de puerta en puerta. Tampoco se recomiendan eventos donde la gente se reúne para distribuir dulces porque tales eventos son de alto riesgo entre personas que no viven en su casa. Esta recomendación es conforme con las de los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC en inglés), que también recomienda que no se participe en el tradicional “Trick or Treat.” También se recomienda evitar otras actividades de alto riesgo tal como fiestas de disfraz con mucha gente, ir a casas embrujadas y montar en carruajes o tractor con personas que no viven en su casa.
Busquen actividades de bajo riesgo
Ideas para actividades seguras, de bajo riesgo:
Un concurso de disfraz en línea
Noche de películas de Halloween con los de su casa
Hagan linternas de calabaza con los de su casa
Decoren su apartamento o casa de arriba a abajo
Hagan un tour del vecindario con los de su casa para ver las decoraciones de otras casas
Hagan una búsqueda del tesoro de dulces de Halloween con su familia adentro o fuera de su casa
Hagan una búsqueda de tema Halloween en su vecindario, con una lista de cosas para encontrar, pero mantengan distancia de otros.
“Si se disfraza, tenga cuidado de planear un disfraz que le permita usar una mascarilla de seguridad,” dice el oficial de salud Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “Las máscaras de Halloween no lo protegerán a usted ni a otras personas del coronavirus. Aún se requiere usar una mascarilla de tela o desechable que se ajuste cómodamente y que cubra su boca y nariz mientras usa un disfraz, sin importar que tan aterrador o chistoso sea su disfraz.”
Mientras celebran el Halloween, no olviden seguir las pautas para mantener a todos seguros:
Mantener el distanciamiento social y limitar el contacto cercano.
Lavar las manos con frecuencia.
¡Gracias por hacer su parte para frenar la propagación del COVID-19 este Halloween!
Otras fiestas se acercan también, ¡incluso el Día de los Muertos! Para todas las fiestas que celebra su familia, por favor mantengan la distancia de otros y usen mascarillas cuando están en espacios públicos.