EUGENE, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown and Congressman Peter DeFazio met with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff for a tour of a vaccination site in Eugene on Monday.
Emhoff came for a tour of the White Bird Clinic community vaccination site at WOW Hall, followed by a discussion with community partners. According to Brown's office, the visit focused on promoting vaccine distribution equity, highlighting the importance of getting vaccinated, and showcasing a local health center that used funding from the American Rescue Plan to vaccinate underserved populations.
"It’s critical that we meet people where they are in our communities to provide equitable access to vaccines," said Governor Brown. "The White Bird community vaccination site, and their soon-to-be-deployed mobile vaccination unit, are strong examples of how we can work collaboratively and creatively to reach traditionally underserved communities. I'd like to thank Mr. Emhoff and Chair DeFazio for their support in ensuring funds from the American Rescue Plan will support community-based vaccination efforts to reach the communities hardest hit by COVID-19."
The Governor, Second Gentleman, and Rep. DeFazio were accompanied by Chris Hecht, Executive Coordinator of White Bird Clinic; Marissa Zarate, Co-Director of the Latinx & Immigrant Family Wellness Hub; Pastor DeLeesa Meashintubby, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Lane County; and Karen Gaffney, Director of Lane County Health & Human Services
— Rep Peter DeFazio (@RepPeterDeFazio) April 5, 2021