The COVID-19 vaccine is available at Wallace! Wallace patients can now sign up for a vaccine.
Our beautiful new clinic in Downtown Rockwood will open in May – offering you medical, dental, behavioral health, lab services, pharmacy, insurance enrollment assistance and more under one roof.
Wallace began receiving the vaccine in January, and will receive more doses soon. We are excited to be able to offer the vaccine to our patients.
Orchid Health delivers primary care to rural areas in Western Oregon, with clinics in Estacada, Oakridge and Blue River.
Wallace clinics are places full of hope and perseverance, even as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on into its ninth month…
…A single mom of three, driving daily from a COVID-positive homeless shelter to a parking spot with Wi-Fi access and a nearby outlet, to ensure her children could do their schoolwork.
…A veteran settling in to new housing and learning, for the first time, how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for himself.
…Countless patients caregiving to COVID-positive members of their family, while enduring their own COVID symptoms.
Families already experiencing dire poverty and health inequities before this crisis are now faced with impossible choices between working and caring for their families. If they have a job, they often feel unsafe there, and know they risk bringing COVID back to their families. But many are the only source of income for their family, and can’t afford to stay at home. Some patients who have lost income find themselves choosing between groceries and medication.
One tool Wallace uses to support families during this crisis is the Reuler Family Fund for Patient Support. Named after Wallace founder Dr. Jim Reuler, the Reuler Family Fund makes sure modest, non-medical needs never stand between our patients and good health.
Recently, the fund has been used to buy:
- Winter clothes for a family on a waiting list for housing
- Gift cards for groceries, when patients’ meal budgets run out
- A portable stove providing heat and the ability to cook meals for a family living in a car
- Soap, Purell, masks and disinfectant wipes for COVID-19 “Patient Care Packages”
- Gas cards, taxi rides and bus tickets for patients unable to make it to their appointments
Unfortunately, the need for emergency, short-term assistance is greater than ever, and will only grow as winter comes. COVID-19 has made so many things harder, yet Wallace must remain an open door to all who need help.
Will you help us meet this challenge, and make a gift to Wallace today? Your dollars will be put to work immediately through the Reuler Fund, giving Wallace families a lifeline during this difficult time.
Thank you for your support!
Beginning with Thanksgiving, the long string of winter holidays traditionally are times when we express our love for family and friends.
Odd as it feels, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year one of the best ways to show we care for each other is to skip the large indoor gatherings that usually mark the season.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. We’ve put together a few ideas for safer celebrations, just to get you thinking.
- Take it outside: Go for a walk or do something fun outdoors with a few friends or family, before you head home for a holiday meal with your own household. Or bundle everyone up (no more than six people, please) in warm clothes and have a socially-distanced picnic outside. Everyone can bring their own food/beverages, or you can order individual take-out meals.
- Share: You can still prepare all of your favorite recipes. Then deliver a sampling of your seasonal meal to older family members or neighbors who may be alone, or aren’t able to cook.
- Virtual feast: When you’re ready to sit down to your holiday meal, get on Zoom or Facetime with friends and family from other households to share conversation (and recipes) while you all enjoy what’s on your tables.
- Watch and relax: You can still enjoy your traditional holiday screen time! Go ahead and kick back with that football game, parade or favorite seasonal movie.
If you do have a guest who doesn’t live in your household at your holiday meal, serve up individual plates instead of everyone dipping in and out of the same dishes. Only take off your face coverings to eat, and make sure everyone washes hands first! If possible, it’s a great idea to open a window for increased ventilation.
It’s by far the safest to stay home this year. But if you have to travel, drive if possible. Limit your exposure to people who don’t live with you for 14 days before you go, especially if you’ll be visiting older adults or family members who are at risk of infection. And as always, wear a face covering, wash hands often, and watch your physical distance. When you get home, limit your exposure to people you don’t live with for 14 days.
At Wallace, we’re grateful every day for an incredible asset—our staff. But much of the time we go on with our daily work and forget to share that gratitude.
In 1984, Wallace founder Jim Reuler, MD and a handful of other doctors begin making medical visits to homeless and low-income residents in downtown Portland.
Community Health Centers such as Wallace serve as a beacon of strength, service, and care in their communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future.
That’s been true for over 50 years.
America’s Health Centers were born of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s, when a group of determined activists waged a fight to improve the lives of people living in poverty, who desperately needed health care. Their leader was H. Jack Geiger, a young doctor who had seen the success of community-based health care while he was a student in South Africa.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wide-ranging War on Poverty initiatives gave Dr. Geiger and other health care pioneers their opportunity. Their proposals to establish health centers in medically underserved urban and rural communities bore fruit with the approval of funding in 1965 for the nation’s first two Health Centers—in Mound Bayou, Mississippi and Boston, Massachusetts.
The Community Health Center movement has never looked back, exceeding the wildest expectations of those early activists. Today, more than 1200 health centers, including health centers specializing in health care to migrant farmworkers, homeless persons, and public housing residents operate in over 7500 sites, providing care to more than 17 million underserved patients throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Wallace is proud to be among them.
This National Health Center Week we celebrate the roles Community Health Centers have played in both our recent moments of loss and triumph. From the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Community Health Centers have been finding innovative ways to provide preventative and primary care to their patients—from expanded telehealth services to door-to-door grocery delivery.
During this week of remembrance, we honor those front line providers, staff, and beloved patients who have lost their lives during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As we commemorate their lives and celebrate the future of community health, let’s shine a light across the country that brings access to high quality primary health care to everyone – now and for the years to come
We’ve made many changes to adapt to the new reality, and telemedicine is the biggest of them all. Whenever a patient’s needs can be met over phone or video, whether it be medical, behavioral or dental, we are providing virtual appointments.