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A few new faces at Oregon VFC

The Oregon Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program has transformed the way compliance site visits will be conducted around the state. Routine site visits and unannounced visits will now be administered by one of our friendly new compliance specialists.

This new structure will help Oregon meet the Center for Disease Control (CDC) program requirements. The VFC health educators will now be available for primarily new VFC clinic enrollment, education and quality improvement projects. Please join us in welcoming Gil, Marc, Isabel and Gaby to the VFC compliance team! In addition to our four new compliance specialists, we are also excited to introduce our newest health educator, Sara Kiely!



Gillis Garrott- Compliance Specialist

Before joining the VFC team, Gil served as a chemical officer in the United States Army. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Integrative Physiology. Gil is excited to be living in Portland Oregon and supporting the immunization compliance program. He was interested in this position because it offered the opportunity to help people gain access to proven and fundamental healthcare. He looks forward to seeing more of Oregon and getting to experience some of its many hiking trails. He also plans on increasing his current level 9 trainer status in Pokémon GO, go red team!



Marc Taylor- Compliance Specialist

Marc is a Compliance Specialist who has worked for the State of Oregon for over four years.  He comes to the VFC team from the Department of Human Services where he investigated assisted living facility complaints. Marc has a diverse background, ranging from Oregon Paramedic to Law Enforcement officer. He is active in amateur radio, photography, Search & Rescue, and is excited to join a group dedicated to the health and safety of all Oregonians.



Isabel Stock- Compliance Specialist

After interning with the Immunization Program to improve HPV vaccination efforts across the state, Isabel is now a Compliance Specialist who will be conducting unannounced storage and handling visits. Isabel is a Eugene native and a recent graduate from Colorado State University, where she studied Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion and a minor in Business Administration. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and traveling the world.



Gabriela Tanaka- Compliance Specialist

Gaby is a Compliance Specialist who has worked with the Oregon Health Authority for three years. She comes to the VFC team with experience in many different facets of healthcare, having worked with insurance companies, home health care agencies, and with Biomerieux, a life sciences company. A native Bostonian, Gaby enjoys bicycling around Portland, Visual Arts and Theatre. She has bicycled from Seattle to Portland and has her sights set on one day completing a bicycle tour from NYC to Niagara Falls.



Sara Kiely- Health Educator

Sara joined the Immunization Program as a Health Educator in November of 2016.  She is a native Oregonian who comes to us with a strong background in Public Health Education and Human Resources. Sara recently returned to Oregon after spending two years in West Africa working at a Nutrition Center for Liberian refugees. She has experience in health education, volunteer management, nutrition counseling, human resource services, and working with diverse populations. She has a passion for public health and for serving the underserved. She is looking forward to working with our partners across the state to improve the health of all Oregonians.

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The new health educators are here!

As many of you know, the Oregon Immunization/Vaccines for Children Program has been short staffed since last fall, but we finally received approval to fill the vacant public health educator positions. After reviewing and interviewing many highly qualified applicants, three rose to the top.  Please join us in welcoming our three newest team members:

Since August 2006, Tuesday Johnson served as a health educator with Deschutes County Health Department. As the program coordinator for HIV/hepatitis prevention, she was responsible for all things related to HIV and HCV testing, education and outreach. She ran the needle exchange program and conducted several educational presentations on HIV, viral hepatitis, STDs, communicable disease and harm reduction to various organizations in the community including drug treatment centers. During her last year with Deschutes, she took on communicable disease reporting and investigation.

Tuesday enjoys traveling and walking Roxie, her 6-year-old Maltipoo. She is excited to be in Portland as a new OIP team member, and most of all, she looks forward to getting to know all of our great immunization partners.
Tuesday will be assigned the counties of Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk and Marion. She will also be the contact for Providence Health System and Yakima Valley Farm Workers.

Phone: 971-673-0317

Email: Tuesday.a.johnson@state.or.us


Rex Larsen graduated from Portland State University with a BS in health studies focusing on physical activity and health education. Rex is passionate about preventive health and most recently was a health educator in residential psychiatric care covering a broad range of topics from hygiene and STI prevention to chronic disease management.

Rex is also an avid cyclist, racing short-track, mountain and cyclocross, as well as a coach for road cyclists and triathletes. Rex has long had an interest in infectious disease and epidemiology; as a youth his two favorite books were The Hot Zone and Deadly Feasts. He is very excited about his new position with OIP and looks forward to working with all of his new partner clinics.

Rex will be assigned the counties of Douglas, Klamath, Lake, Lincoln, Benton and Linn.

 Phone: 971-673-0298

Email: Rex.a.larsen@state.or.us


Mallory Metzger moved to Oregon almost four years ago to complete her MPH internship at Deschutes County Health Services. She thought her time in Oregon would be brief, but her 300-hour internship turned into two terms as an AmeriCorps HOPE member, an interim position as the HIV/hepatitis prevention coordinator, and some time with emergency preparedness—all in Deschutes County. Before moving to Oregon, she studied at Indiana University and worked at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion.

Mallory hails from a small town in western Massachusetts. Outside of work, Mallory enjoys cooking, backpacking, traveling, yoga and spending time with great friends.  She is very excited to join OIP and is looking forward to meeting everyone and doing great work! 

Mallory will be assigned the counties of Umatilla, Union, Baker, Malheur, Wallowa and Lane.

Phone: 971-673-0480

Email: Mallory.s.metzger@state.or.us


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The Oregon Immunization Program welcomes two new faces

Michelle Barber

Interoperability Grant Manager

 Michelle received her MS in applied social psychology from Portland State University in 2002. She began her tenure with the Oregon Public Health Division in 2003 as a research analyst for the Acute and Communicable Disease Program. In 2005 she took a position as an epidemiologist within the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. In this position, Michelle became more involved with the day-to-day operations of various disease surveillance systems used in Oregon. In her new role as the interoperability grant manager for the ALERT IIS team, Michelle is excited to be a part of a team that has an excellent reputation for community partnerships as well as embracing and leading efforts to improve health information exchange in Oregon.

The purpose of the Enhanced Interoperability Grant is to improve the ability to exchange immunization data between electronic health record systems (EHRs) and ALERT IIS. The grant supports a variety of activities to accomplish these goals including providing mini grants to partner organizations to enhance their EHRs to increase the submission of immunization data submitted electronically to ALERT, and to support data exchange so clinics can receive immunization records and forecasts back into the EHR for patients at the point of service.

Michelle is a life-long Oregonian. She grew up in Troutdale and Sandy, moved to McMinnville for her undergraduate education and has lived in Portland ever since. She was a collegiate swimmer, coached swimming at the college level and belongs to a master’s swim team. Michelle loves the outdoors and any activity that involves being outside: from gardening at home to rock climbing, hiking, boating and camping.


Lee Schrauben

Immunization Health Educator

 Lee comes to us from the faraway land of Michigan. In April, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a MPH in epidemiology. Prior to that, Lee received a BS in interdisciplinary studies in social science, health studies from Michigan State University. She has gained public health experience in a variety of venues, including a health policy non-profit, an international tuberculosis program and a chronic disease research center. 

 As an Oregon Immunization Program health educator, Lee will serve as a resource to immunization providers in the Southern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge regions. She will ensure that these clinics have the support they need to run top-notch immunization programs and protect Oregon residents from vaccine-preventable diseases.

 Outside of work Lee enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, traveling and dabbling in photography. Lee is a Michigan native, but is settling comfortably into the Pacific Northwest. She is enjoying her new role within the Oregon Immunization Program.


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Lindsay Weaver Moves to the Adolescent Health Section

The Immunization Program’s Health Educator for Washington, Columbia, Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties has accepted an exciting new position with the Adolescent Health section of the Public Health Division (PHD). Lindsay is taking on the responsibility of Project Coordinator for a new Latino outreach program, Cuídate, which aims to reduce unintended pregnancy, STI, and HIV rates among teens. She will be working with the Adolescent Health section, PHD, and the Department of Education to coordinate with the counties that implement the Cuídate program.

While our immunization program is very sad to lose Lindsay, who has been a valuable asset to our health education team, we are also very excited for her as she moves into a Project Coordinator position. When asked about her time with VFC, she said that “it has been a great three years in Immunizations and I will miss working with my clinics!”

As a result of this move, Lindsay’s territories will now be covered by Anona Gund, who has been a Health Educator for several years and is well versed in immunizations.

Clinics in Lindsay’s former counties can reach Anona at 971-673-0305 or Anona.e.gund@state.or.us 

Until a new Health Educator is assigned, clinics in Anona’s former counties can contact Jody Anderson at 971-673-0430 or jody.anderson@state.or.us


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