Legacy seeks to slow flu in homeless with donated vaccines
Central to the homelessness crisis is public health. Legacy Health is helping with donations of flu and hepatitis A vaccines to groups that serve vulnerable populations.
“Avoiding the flu is a health challenge for people living in crowded areas, especially those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or asthma,” says Bryan Goodin, manager of Legacy Employee Health, who has led the donation effort for several years. “A flu shot is a way to work upstream and protect everyone in our community.”
Sandy Kosik, executive director of the Borland Free Clinic in Tualatin, says, “The vaccines Legacy provides help us protect our patients from getting common communicable diseases.” She says prevention is key for the people the clinic serves in Washington and Clackamas counties.
This year, Legacy also donated hepatitis A vaccines due to an outbreak in homeless communities along the West Coast.
Legacy donated vaccines to:
• Borland Free Clinic
• Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic
• Operation Nightwatch
• The Blanchet House
• Project Access NOW
• Portland Street Medicine
• Salvation Army
• Portland Street Clinic
Media inquiries: Vicki Guinn