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Annette Campista, Salem Health Board of Trustees
Annette Campista, Salem Health Board of Trustees
Salem Health Board of Trustees welcomes new member Annette Campista (Photo) - 07/15/21

(Salem, Ore. – July 15, 2021) – Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics welcomes executive and community leader Annette Campista to its Board of Trustees, beginning her three-year term in July.

“Annette brings a passion for community involvement and a deep commitment to the community,” said Katherine Keene, immediate past chair, Salem Health Board of Trustees.

Campista is a Senior Vice President and Market Director in Community & Business Banking for Umpqua Bank, with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. She dedicates her time and energy to building strong relationships in the community where she volunteers with the Hillsboro Schools Foundation, Farmworker Housing Development, and Latino Network as a board member. Campista is a committee member for the Racial Justice Economic Opportunity Committee with the State of Oregon, and is involved in numerous other professional and community affiliations.

“My commitment to community has been fostered through participating in multiple non-profits and boards within Washington, Multnomah and Marion counties,” said Campista. “I am looking forward to serving alongside the dedicated members of Salem Health’s Board of Trustees in stewarding the health system’s mission.”

Campista is a graduate of both the UCLA Latino Leadership Program (San Francisco, CA) and the City of Portland Hispanic Metropolitan Leadership Program (Portland State University, Portland, OR).

About Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Salem Health Community Investment Grant awards for 2021-22 fiscal year - 07/12/21

(Salem, Ore. – July 12, 2021) – Salem Health awarded 15 organizations in Marion and Polk counties Community Investment Grant funds for the 2021-22 fiscal year to strengthen the health of our communities. Salem Health’s grant funding priorities align with those priorities outlined in the Marion-Polk Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Needs Assessment.

“Salem Health invests in community partners committed to achieving health for vulnerable populations in our area,” said Leilani Slama, chief communications and community relations officer, Salem Health. “We are pleased to offer grant funds which provide vital resources for those in need in our community.”

For funding years 2020-23, Salem Health’s grant resources invest in projects that meet needs related to behavioral health, substance abuse prevention and social determinants of health. Grant awards are for one year of funding, up to $30,000 per grant.

Salem Health’s Community Investment Grants for fiscal year 2021-22, aimed at responding to community-identified needs and supporting initiatives that improve the health of the citizens of Marion and Polk counties, include:

  • Boys & Girls Club, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for dental and primary care support
  • CASA of Polk County, $26,000 to recruit, train and retain court appointed special advocates (CASAs) for 147 cases
  • Catholic Community Services, Woodburn, $30,000 for health access to reduce adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Church at the Park, Marion County, $30,000 for housing the houseless population
  • Family Building Blocks, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health services
  • Habitat for Humanity, Salem, $30,000 for enabling home ownership
  • Integrated Support for Living, Salem and Silverton, $30,000 for behavioral health support services
  • Liberty House, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health services
  • Love INC, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for health access and social services
  • Marion Polk Food Share’s Youth Farm, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for its Farm Share Rx (FSRx) program to focus on food security, food equity and health equity
  • St. Francis Shelter, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for family transitional housing savings program
  • Union Gospel Mission, Marion and Polk counties, $30,000 for mental health support services
  • United Way, Marion County, $30,000 for SafeSleep women’s shelter
  • Willamette Education Service District (WESD), Salem, non-monetary partnership with Salem Health that provides a nursing collaboration for technical education training for high school students
  • De Muniz Resource Center, Marion County, non-monetary partnership with Salem Health that provides Community Health Education Center (CHEC) collaboration for health and wellness for inmates as they exit incarceration and integrate back into our community

In addition to these new grants, Salem Health has renewed its grants to Mano a Mano Family Center and HOME Youth Services for the 2021-22 fiscal year, and has recently awarded the Marion County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program a $30,000 Community Investment Grant to support the work of LEAD in the community.

About Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Oregon's first mass vaccination clinic set to close on July 24 - 07/09/21

Salem Health shifts COVID-19 vaccination efforts to primary care clinics and neighborhood-focused mobile clinics

(Salem, Ore. – July 9, 2021) – The state’s first mass vaccination clinic prepares to close on Saturday, July 24. Salem Health’s vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center opened on Jan. 7 and, at its peak, vaccinated more than 4,400 people per day in April when vaccine demand was at its highest levels. More than 212,000 vaccinations have been given to-date.

As more than 70 percent of Oregonians have now received at least the first dose of the vaccine, demand for mass vaccination sites has decreased. Salem Health’s mass vaccination clinic in Marion County was both the first to open and will be the last to close in the state. The focus now shifts to an on-demand model with multiple sites and flexible scheduling. The vaccine is readily available in each of Salem Health’s primary care and urgent care clinics for walk-in or scheduled appointments.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to care for our community throughout this pandemic and our vaccination program has been some of the most important work of our careers in health care,” said Cheryl Wolfe, president and CEO, Salem Health. “As the COVID-19 vaccine became available in late December, we knew we had to act swiftly to make the life-saving vaccine available to large numbers of people in our community. We have committed ourselves and our resources to be here for Oregon, and are filled with hope as vaccination rates rise. We will continue to make the process easily accessible to reach those who still need to be vaccinated.”

The vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center will administer vaccine second doses, both scheduled and walk-ins, through Saturday, July 24. Walk-ins for first doses are also welcome and those who receive a first dose between July 3 and July 24 are given options for their second dose location. The vaccine clinic at the fairgrounds will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., for walk-in first and second doses until July 24.

Salem Health’s Polk County vaccine clinic at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, which administered more than 34,000 vaccinations since opening on Jan. 11, also closed on June 25.

Salem Health Medical Clinics

Vaccinations are available at Salem Health Medical Clinics – at all primary care and urgent care clinic locations in Marion and Polk counties. Walk-ins are welcome and open to the public during clinic hours, up to one hour before closing each day. Appointment scheduling is also available, for ages 12 and over, online at www.salemhealth.org/vaccine.

Mobile Vaccine Team

The Mobile Vaccine Team focuses on equity in vaccinating Oregonians, prioritizing hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, as well as those for which travel to one of the larger vaccine clinics is a barrier. More than 70 percent of the vaccine given through the mobile clinics has been to the BIPOC community, aiming to close the gap in vaccine equity.

In Marion County, Salem Health will host neighborhood-based mobile clinic events, targeting communities with some of the lowest vaccination rates in the state. The area’s 97301 and 97305 zip codes top the list of the state’s least-vaccinated communities, and are the site of two consecutive weekends of mobile vaccine clinics.

Saturday, July 10 and July 17:

Mega Foods - off Lancaster Dr. NE

3695 Devonshire Ave.

Salem, OR

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Salem Health is offering a free meal at the site’s food carts for each person vaccinated (first or second dose) on these two dates.

Mobile vaccine clinic sites which are open to the public will be posted on www.salemhealth.org/vaccine. No appointment is needed for the mobile vaccine clinic public sites.

About Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics

Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.