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Giving Back to Oregon Food Bank
What’s better than one organization striving to do good in the community? Two organizations that partner to meet the same goal.
In early fall, 2014, a partnership between FamilyCare, Inc., and Oregon Food Banks took root, with FamilyCare donating to Oregon Food Bank $5 per adult member vaccinated between September and December 15 of that year.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Bill Murray, Chief Operating Officer of FamilyCare presented a check for $40,610 to Oregon Food Bank. This amount represented the 8,122 flu immunizations FamilyCare providers distributed to adult members during that 12-week window. Also in attendance were dozens of FamilyCare employees who generously donated their time to the Oregon Food Bank.
Increasing access to influenza vaccine and nutritious foods are both ways to improve community health. In total, FamilyCare’s contracted clinics and providers delivered more than 16,000 vaccinations to adults and children this flu season. FamilyCare also hosted its own flu vaccine drives around the community, including at Wallace Medical Concern and the Lloyd Center as well as at the Hmong New Year celebration and at Oregon’s Diabetes Expo. These efforts helped to vaccinate an additional 1,000 members of our community, bringing the total to just over 17,000 vaccinations during the 2014/2015 flu season.
“This flu vaccine initiative allowed us to dive into many areas critical to FamilyCare,” says Lamar Tillman, a Provider Education Services representative and one of the internal leads on the project. “We were able to educate the population about health and reduce their risk of getting sick while also building stronger partnerships with our providers and the community.”
FamilyCare, Inc. is a Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization providing patient‐centered healthcare to Oregonians for more than 30 years. FamilyCare was the first health plan in Oregon to integrate models of physical and mental health and was the first Coordinated Care Organization in the tri‐county area certified by the Oregon Health Authority. The health plan serves more than 115,000 members. FamilyCare’s mission is, “Creating healthy individuals through innovative systems.”