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Salem Health Foundation launches an immunization campaign

The Salem Health Foundation, in tandem with PacificSource Community Solutions, teamed up to help improve the quality of health for Marion and Polk counties’ most at-risk citizens. Together with several community partners, we have created a region-wide immunization campaign. The group is committed to making a difference for our most vulnerable community members. The result has lead to the creation of vaccine and immunization awareness marketing materials – translated into multiple languages, including Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Chuukese, Marshallese, Mixteco, MAM, and Somalian. The goal has been to encourage families to get their annual flu shot and remind parents of the importance of keeping up with their children’s regular immunizations.

Your Dollars at Work

Population Health Initiatives

  • Salem Health Foundation offered ten $2,000 mini-grants for “Flu shot clinics.” The funding was used for incidental expenses for the clinics to do advertising, site set up, administering, and patient support.  A few of the organizations funded included Childhood Health Associates of Salem, Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, WFMC Health Vaccine Clinic, and WVP Health Authority.
  • Salem Health Foundation provided Salem Free Clinics with $5,000 to support flu vaccination clinic events. Using CARES Act doses, the group acquired Personal Protection Equipment through our partnerships and covered the operational costs incurred for providing local distribution of flu shots to those who may not have easy access, such as the homeless communities.
  • Salem Health Foundation, the Polk County Community Free Clinic, and Polk County Public Health delivered flu shots in November and December to underserved communities. Our partnership is working on a pathway for COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics in Falls City.
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