The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and
services for those most in need.
Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Join
Project Access NOW as a Major Stakeholder!
Over the past three years, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon (NPO) has been one of Project Access NOW’s most generous supporters. Their commitment has included providing major sponsorship at our annual Bridges t Health Care event, serving on the Project Access NOW Board of Directors, and the invaluable support they have offered as service providers for Project Access NOW clients. With this history of support, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that NPO has decided to make a multi-year commitment to Project Access NOW by joining as a Healthcare Stakeholder. Our Healthcare Stakeholder’s collectively provide nearly half of our revenue each year. This is a significant commitment by NPO in addition to their many years of generosity and we are so grateful for their dedication to Project Access NOW.
Allen has spent the past 30 years working full-time on cars, and like so many in our community, has never been offered affordable health insurance through his employer. In 2009, Allen began to have severe back pain that required medical attention – his lack of insurance became problematic.
Initially Allen’s pain was sporadic allowing him and his primary care provider, Dr. Kevin Grainger at Providence Medical Center, to manage the pain when it would arise. At the time, Dr. Grainger, was treating Allen’s pain using cortisone shots. Initially this relieved Allen’s pain for up to six months at time but as his back problems became more severe the cortisone shots were becoming less effective and providing him less relief. As Allen’s situation grew worse, they began to interfere with his work. Dr. Grainger suggested that he get an MRI at OHSU to evaluate the cause of the pain and see if there was a long-term solution. The MRI results indicated a severe problem with Allen’s sciatic nerve and back surgery was recommended.
Remember to Sign Up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Project Access NOW recently signed up to participate in the new Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. For those of you who have not heard of this, beginning February 3rd, Fred Meyer will be donating $2.5 million each year – up to $625,000 each quarter – to the local schools, community organizations and nonprofits of your choice. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer.
If you shop at Fred Meyer and have a rewards card, please link it to Project Access NOW. We also encourage you to pass this information along to your friends and family who may be interested in supporting Project Access NOW in this way.
Ensure adequate access to care. Today.
Every $1 we spend means we are able to provide $10.24 of healthcare costs. That’s a return on investment of over 1,000%!
Your contribution will help the low-income uninsured get the care they need. Today.
Thank you for your support!
Staff Profile: Johnny Dejeas
Johnny is Project Access NOW’s Program Support Specialist. He grew up and lived in Chile until 3 years ago when he relocated to the United States with his wife. At a young age, Johnny became involved in community-based work. He was an intern at the University of Valparaíso Senior Citizen Institute, where he planned workshops and trainings for senior citizens. After completing his studies at Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Johnny continued his work with senior citizens as an instructor with the city government in Quintero, Chile. He created and presented memory training for senior citizens based on neuroscience and cognitive-behavioral findings.
When Johnny relocated to the United States he wanted to continue his work serving the community. He worked with Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Everett, WA as a Program Coordinator and Resource Specialist. In these positions, Johnny assisted in project development and also supported Latino families as an interpreter, helping communicate beyond language and cultural differences. After moving to Portland, Johnny discovered an opportunity to join the team here at Project Access NOW.
Willamette Week Give!Guide Final Results
The results for the Willamette Week Give!Guide are in and together we raised $11,451 for Project Access NOW!
We had a total of 94 individual donor who contributed this year with gifts ranging from $10 – $2,500! Every little bit added up to make this an incredibly successful giving season. We couldn’t be more grateful for all the generous end of year contributions we received through the Give!Guide and for your continued support throughout 2013! We look forward to building on this success in the coming year.
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Staff Profile: Erin Coppola
Our Development Assistant Erin is the newest member of our staff, however, she is not entirely new to Project Access NOW. “I had the opportunity to volunteer with Project Access NOW last year” says Erin, “helping around the office allowed me to gain insight and familiarity in the services Project Access NOW provides.” When the opportunity to become involved as a member of our staff presented itself, Erin felt that her background and experience would make her a perfect fit for this position.
Growing up in a military family, Erin moved around quite a bit as a child, most recently living in Las Vegas, NV. She began her journey in public health in Nevada in 2006 when she became certified as an EMT and a CNA. “Initially I thought I wanted to work in direct service” says Erin. However when she moved to Portland in 2010, she was inspired to connect with a new community and reach out to the programs and organizations helping to serve those most in need of support. She says “I have always found volunteering to be not only a rewarding experience, but also a way to support and give back to my community.” At this time Erin decided that her passion truly lies in community health education and health care advocacy. She has been pursuing this passion over the last several years.