State health agency expands education program

Oregon Health Authority has expanded its multilingual Safe + Strong education-and-outreach campaign to help communities find simple, culturally specific information on safely connecting with family and friends this winter.

Led by the theme “Love Finds a Way,” resources are available in 12 languages and provide recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Oregonians continue to show their resilience through this pandemic by finding new ways to stay connected while physically apart,” said Oregon Public Health Director Rachael Banks. 

Since launching in April with the support of Brink Communications, the campaign website has been a trusted place to get culturally relevant tools and information, as well as a hub for finding resources like food and rental assistance, unemployment benefits and health coverage. The campaign has partnered with more than 170 community-based organizations statewide.

OHA data show that 38% of COVID-19 cases have been linked to people who identify as Latino/a/x. And more than 50% of cases have been linked to people identifying as Black, Asian, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, or Latino/a/x.

CAMPUS UPDATE: PeaceHealth plans to embark on the biggest changes to the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District campus, since the hospital was expanded in the early 1980s.

Beginning in April, crews will work on the 15-month revitalization project that involves the removal of four buildings, including the former Johnson Unit and the remaining wing of the former Sacred Heart Hospital. 

The main hospital lobby will be repositioned to accommodate the surrounding construction work and then revitalized to become a more vibrant hub for our patients, visitors and caregivers. A dining area will be added to the lobby and the Chapel and the Heartfelt Gifts shop will be moved to more prominent spaces.

During the modernization project, PeaceHealth will continue to care for patients in the main hospital tower and the inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics at 1200 Hilyard St. and all other PeaceHealth offices will continue with current hours of operation.



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