Medical Teams International has been partnering with Kaiser Permanente to break down barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access across the Pacific Northwest. By integrating COVID-19 vaccinations and dental services, we’re reducing vaccine hesitancy and bridging the gap in communities who have limited or no access to health care. From May 2021 through today, our partnership has resulted in:
11,691 vaccine doses from 348 clinics in 75 communities
Partnerships are key to promoting vaccine access
Our mobile health clinics have worked closely with community partners, 155 to be exact. They have provided compassionate care for communities including those experiencing houselessness, migrant workers, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrant and refugee populations, people recovering from substance abuse disorders, seniors, and veterans. A large proportion of the people served are in the BIPOC community. Our mobile vaccine-only clinic teams have been serving vulnerable populations throughout the Portland-metro area since May 2021, and our vaccine + dental mobile health clinics have expanded to reach rural areas in Oregon and Washington. In total, we have partnered to provide dental care to nearly 1,300 patients. That’s more than 37,600 miles traveled and 1,800 volunteer hours!
Going where we’re needed most
SeeQuilLouw, or “Grandmother Cedar,” was founded with the goal of providing cultural awareness, learning, healing, and equity to the Native American/First Nation communities within the Pacific Northwest. When founder Will Booth learned that Medical Teams was offering free COVID-19 vaccinations, he jumped at the opportunity to co-host a clinic.
“SeeQuilLouw is here making sure the community gets correct information about the vaccine… We don’t provide the vaccine, so when I heard about Medical Teams, we planned [these events],” Will said. He also noted that vaccine access in the White Center area of King County, near Seattle, can be difficult. White Center is composed of primarily non-English speaking communities, including large Latinx and American Indian populations. Since these populations are at much higher risk of severe illness resulting from COVID-19, having easy access to vaccines, as well as education on their safety and efficacy, was a critical step toward protecting these communities.
Thanks to our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, community partners, and supporters like you, we’ve been able to help thousands of people right in our own backyard during the pandemic. Help us continue this important work!
A huge thank you to our community partners…
A Watered Garden • AgriMACS Inc – Chelan • AgriMacs – Mattawa • Alderwood Elementary School • American Indian Health Commission • Bellingham Food Bank • Blaine Middle School • Borton Fruit • Broadway House • Carl Gipson Senior Center • Community Action Connections • Community House on Broadway • Cowlitz Family Health Center • Eagleridge Elementary School • East Whatcom Regional Resource Center • El Centro de la Raza • Evergreen Ag Services • Everson Elementary School • Fairbridge Hotel • First Lutheran Church – Pasco • Foothills Food Bank • Foster Farms • Grace Clinic • Heritage High School • Holy Trinity Church – Bremerton • Housing Authority of Pasco • Impact Salish Sea Elementary • Islamic Center of Redmond • Kelso Church of Christ • Kennewick Housing Authority • Lincoln Place • Loftus Ranches • Lynden Middle School • Lynnwood Food Bank • Mercy Housing Northwest • Mt. Vernon High School • Muslim Health Professionals • Northwest Farms • Penn Cove Shellfish • Rainier Valley Leadership Academy • Riverton Park United Methodist Church • SHARE Vancouver • Shinn & Son • Skone & Conners • St. Edward Catholic Church – Shelton • Tierra Vida at Jubilee Foundation • Tri-Cities Food Bank • Triparish Food Bank • Tubman Center for Health & Freedom • Wafla Housing • Washington School for the Deaf • Washington State Department of Health • Whatcom County Health Department • Women’s Housing and Transition Share Shelter • Youth & Family Link
Abbey Heights Apartments • Abundant Life Church – PDX • African Youth & Community Organization • Anthony Hall • Beaverton Resource Center • Bienestar Apartment Complex • Blount International • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School • Carlton School District • Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc. • Centro de Bienvenida • Chavez Elementary School • Chemeketa Community College • Children’s Community Clinic • Clatsop County Dept. of Public Health • Clatsop Community College • Clearcreek Elementary School • Coastal Community Health Center • Columbia County Fairgrounds • Columbia County Public Health • Columbia River Maritime Museum • Covenant Presbyterian Church – Gresham • Curry County Dept. of Human Services • Curry County Fairgrounds • Davis Elementary • Dayton High School • Dayton School District • Earl Boyles Elementary School • Faubion School • First Baptist Church – Newport • First Baptist Church of McMinnville • Fresa Park Apartments • Gathering Together Farm • Gilbert Heights Elementary • Good Shepard Health Care – Hermiston • Grace Lutheran Church – Molalla • Innovative Concepts for Families of Lincoln County • James John Elementary School • Jefferson County Faith Based Network • Jericho Road, INC • Jewell School District • Knappa High School • La Pine Senior Activity Center • La Tapatia Market • Latino Community Association – Bend • Latino Community Association – Redmond • Lent Elementary School • Lincoln City Community Center • Lloyd Center • Love INC of North Marion County • McDonald’s – Madras • McDonald’s – Prineville • McDonald’s – Redmond • McMinnville Free Clinic • Menlo Park Elementary • Monrovia Nursery • Mt. Hood Community College • New Directions Northwest, Inc Walsh • Newport Nazarene Church • Olalla Center • Oregon Dept. of Human Services • Oregon State University Extension Services • Pacific NW Carpenters Institute • Peace Lutheran Church – Salem • Pendleton Convention Center • Port Orford Christian Center • Portland Art Museum • Portland Playhouse • Redeemer Lutheran Church – Salem • Reynolds Middle School • Rigler Elementary School • Rosa Parks Elementary School • Roseburg Costco • Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center • Santiam Hospital • Santiam Outreach and Community Center • Scott Elementary School • Seashore Family Literacy Center • Sheridan High School • Silverton Area Community Aid • Sitton Elementary • Strengthening Rural Families • St. Frederic Catholic Church – St. Helens • St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church – PDX • St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church – Brookings • St. Vincent DePaul – Bend • St. Vincent DePaul – Medford • St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church – Scappoose • Sunrise Center • Sunset Empire Park & Rec District • Theophilus Church – Milwaukie • Umpqua Community Action Network • United Community Action Network • Unity of Borana • Veterans Memorial Coliseum • VFW Post 584 – Albany • Warrenton High School • Woodburn United Methodist Church