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Rinehart Clinic Board unanimously opposes Oregon Measure 105

October, 2018:  The Board of Directors of Rinehart Clinic voted unanimously at its September 26, 2018 meeting to issue a public statement opposing Oregon Measure 105, which would repeal Oregon’s sanctuary state status.  

Oregon’s sanctuary law (Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820) was approved in 1987 in response to racial profiling of immigrants. The law prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only crime is being in the country illegally.   

As a federally qualified health center, the Rinehart Clinic has worked diligently to cultivate an environment that provides safe access to comprehensive healthcare for everyone. Passage of Oregon Measure 105 could put many of our community members in jeopardy.  

The Board of Directors, the administration, and the entire team at Rinehart Clinic is committed to continuing compassionate care for our community. Our entire community.  

We strongly urge all Oregonians to vote NO on Oregon Measure 105 on November 6, 2018. More information on the measure is available at https://orunited.org/

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Rinehart Clinic awarded $291,000 grant to help expand treatment for opioid use disorder

October, 2018: Rinehart Clinic has received $291,000 in grant funding to help expand access to treatment for substance use disorder. The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) $352 million investment in community health centers across the country to combat the opioid crisis.

For some time, the Rinehart Clinic has been providing treatment to those patients with substance use disorder. We have developed a strong foundation for addiction treatment within a primary care setting. This grant will allow us to increase the number of patients served and expand to more fully incorporate mental health services and primary care alongside substance use disorder treatment.

The treatment program calls for a broader, more holistic approach, with the help of Rinehart Clinic’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a support team dedicated to helping patients navigate the challenges of recovery. One of the most critical pieces of the plan is to expand access to mental health services, since mental health conditions (PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, for example) are often co-occurring with substance use disorders.

We are one of 1,232 community health centers across the nation chosen to receive this grant funding. The Rinehart Clinic is proud that HRSA has put its faith in us to expand the important work we have been doing in Tillamook County.

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Rinehart Clinic receives grant funding to assist with health insurance open enrollment period

[The following is excerpted from a press release issued by the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services. Rinehart Clinic is pleased to have been selected as one of Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace's community partners for the upcoming open enrollment period. Watch for details in the coming weeks on open enrollment events taking place across Tillamook County and south Clatsop County.]

September, 2018: The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded more than $795,000 in grants to eight community groups and 34 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs.

For most people who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for a health plan or switch plans. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

“Every year more Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “The dedication and expertise of partners like these grantees help make that possible.”

The state selected grantees after a competitive process. Applicants were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare.

The nonprofit groups—called community partners—receiving a total of $457,265 in grants are:

  • Asian Health & Service Center, Portland

  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – Community United Funds and the OR-COFA Project, Portland and Salem

  • Cascade AIDS Project, Portland

  • Centro Latino Americano, Eugene

  • Interface Network, Salem

  • Northeast Oregon Network, La Grande

  • Project Access NOW, Portland

  • Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler

Community partners help Oregonians sign up for insurance and apply for financial assistance. Their help is free of charge. To make an appointment with a partner or agent, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.

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Providence Seaside partners with Rinehart Clinic to expand transportation program

June 5, 2018:  Providence Seaside Hospital recently partnered with Rinehart Clinic, in Wheeler, to expand its Community Connections transportation program into Tillamook County.

The free community benefit ride program is a ministry of Providence Seaside Hospital that allows patients with medical appointments in Clatsop County and/or the Portland metro area to reserve transportation through the hospital. 

“Expanding the program to serve Wheeler-area residents helps address our community health goals,” says Kendall Sawa, chief executive, Providence Seaside Hospital. “We know transportation is a barrier for many, so we’re proud to offer this service to our neighbors to the south of us.” 

In 2017, Community Connections provided 1,625 rides totaling 55,784 miles. The program is staffed with a program coordinator, part-time driver and several volunteer drivers.

Rinehart Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center located in north Tillamook County that provides health care regardless of health conditions or financial circumstances. As a federal Qualified Health Center, Rinehart Clinic has programs available to help patients who may have difficulty paying their health care bills.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Providence Seaside Hospital on this important service,” says Marge Jozsa, Rinehart Clinic’s chief executive officer. “Easier access to health care benefits the entire community, and we are proud to play a role in that.”

The Community Connections transportation program serves people of all ages who have limited transportation options and meet certain income eligibility criteria. Clients are asked to schedule ride requests 14 days’ in advance of a medical appointment. To learn more, please call Providence Seaside Hospital Community Connections at 503-717-7766.

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The Rinehart Clinic receives Gold Category recognition for Vaccine Accounting Excellence

May 11, 2018:  The Rinehart Clinic has been named a Gold Category clinic in the Oregon Vaccines for Children "Clinics Achieving Excellence" recognition, according to the newest statewide accountability report published by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The Gold Category includes clinics that have met or exceeded the 95% inventory accountability standard for vaccines. 

The accountability program is in place to make sure clinics participating in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program adhere to best practices for vaccine management and inventory accounting. 

To learn more about the program, and the gold category designation, visit OHA's Oregon VFC Clinics Achieving Excellence web page.

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Rinehart Clinic seeks additional board members

April, 2018:  Rinehart Clinic’s Board of Directors is recruiting for additional volunteers to join the board. The Board Development Subcommittee has issued the following call for candidates:

We seek two or three candidates who support the mission of the clinic and who can help us achieve our goals. The Rinehart Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center whose mission is to provide high-quality, complete, personalized healthcare for residents and visitors, regardless of their health conditions or financial circumstances.

Candidates should be available to attend monthly board meetings and participate in subcommittee work that takes advantage of their experience in the fields of business or healthcare. The board is seeking people with an enthusiasm for volunteering and expertise in Finance, Law, Construction and Design, or Hospital Administration.

If you are interested in serving on the Rinehart Clinic Board of Directors, please submit a letter of interest that includes information about yourself, your background, and why you want to volunteer to serve on the board. Email your letter and any backup materials by June 1, 2018 to Brooke Hua at  bhua@rinehartclinic.org.

If you are interested in learning more about Rinehart Clinic, visit www.rinehartclinic.org.

Step It Up! Walking Groups forming throughout Tillamook County

North Tillamook County Walking Group:  Tuesday mornings 8 - 8:30 am (starting April 3)
Location:  Neah-Kah-Nie High School Walking Track, 24705 N Highway 101, Rockaway Beach, OR

March, 2018:  Rinehart Clinic is partnering with North County Recreation District and Tillamook Year of Wellness to organize a weekly walking group in North County. "Step It Up!" Walking Groups are forming throughout Tillamook County as part of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program.

The North County walks will kick off Tuesday, April 3 at Neah-Kah-Nie High School. The school district has graciously offered the use of the school's brand new track. Registration is required to participate in the Step It Up! program.

Funding for this project is provided in part by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program. The walks are open to EVERYONE - not just cancer survivors, but survivors and their family and friends are especially encouraged to participate. Registration is FREE and participants can join groups any time with chances to win prizes for attendance.

To register, and to find out more about the Step It Up! program, visit the Tillamook Year of Wellness website

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Rinehart Clinic granted Federal Tort Claims Act protection by the United States Health and Resources Services Administration

February, 2018:  Rinehart Clinic was recently notified by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that the clinic’s application for coverage through the Health Center Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Program has been approved. The Health Center FTCA Program provides medical malpractice coverage at no cost for health centers that meet stringent federal guidelines.

What does this mean? The Health Center FTCA Program coverage means that Rinehart Clinic meets or exceeds all federal guidelines for quality control practices aimed at protecting patients and staff. The federal government is now Rinehart Clinic’s primary insurer, which will save the clinic potentially thousands of dollars in malpractice premiums that can be used to enhance healthcare services and programs at the clinic.

Rinehart Clinic Chief Executive Officer Marge Jozsa is pleased with the FTCA coverage. “I am so proud of the staff at Rinehart Clinic – they understand how important it is to have safety guidelines in place, and the entire team works hard to make sure they are followed.” she stated. “Having this recognized through the FTCA designation is further evidence that we are headed in the right direction.”

Helping patients successfully manage type 2 diabetes:  Rinehart Clinic’s Diabetes Risk Reduction Program

January, 2018:  Rinehart Clinic applauds Tillamook County Year of Wellness for its decision to focus on diabetes. The clinic’s healthcare team has long recognized the challenges patients with diabetes face and the impact the disease has on the health of the broader Tillamook County community. With roughly nine percent of Tillamook County residents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and nearly 33 percent of adults at risk for the disease, it merits our attention.

As the community becomes aware of the need for healthy lifestyle choices, we also need to make it easy for people to be active participants in their own health. From a patient’s perspective, the hardest step may be that first one:  walking through the doors of a healthcare facility for treatment and education. The care team at Rinehart Clinic has found the single most important factor in bringing about positive change is creating a supportive environment for treatment and for group classes.

Last summer, Rinehart Clinic launched a comprehensive Diabetes Risk Reduction Program made possible by grant funding from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. The program helps patients make positive strides towards overcoming some of the risk factors of diabetes, including obesity and sedentary lifestyles. The clinic holds a variety of healthy lifestyle classes throughout the seasons, shying away from traditional lecture-style trainings, and opting instead for informal and interactive conversations that are often driven by the participants themselves.

To help make it easier for patients to participate, the clinic offers incentives for patients who join in the programs. This past year, the clinic’s weight loss/walking group members received pedometers, healthy eating class participants went home with fresh vegetables each week, and many class members received vouchers for free fitness and aquatics classes at North County Recreation District.

The program has been in place since mid-2017 and the clinic is already seeing positive outcomes for participating patients:  lowered blood sugar numbers (A1C), lower blood pressure, healthier eating habits, and even weight loss.

Rinehart Clinic’s class lineup includes:

  • A Weighty Discussion series, which offers an informal conversation around healthy eating and weight loss. Some of the participants also joined in a weekly walking group during the summer months.

  • The popular Art of Eating class, where patients learn how to increase the use of vegetables in their diets in healthy and creative ways.

  • Living Well with Diabetes, which offers supportive tools to help patients manage diabetes and pre-diabetes conditions.

Several community partners who believe in the importance of a healthy community have rallied behind Rinehart Clinic’s Diabetes Risk Reduction Program:

  • North County Recreation District, which provides fitness and aquatics passes for patients to help them become more physically active.

  • Moon River Farms, a local organic farm that provides shares of vegetables through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for the Art of Eating classes.

  • Manzanita Farmers Market offers participating patients vouchers for free fruits and vegetables at the market throughout the summer and fall program.

  • Manzanita Grocery and Deli, long known for its commitment to the well-being of the community, is also offering a voucher program to provide fresh produce in winter when the local farms are not producing.

All of these programs and resources will continue at Rinehart Clinic throughout 2018. For information on upcoming class sessions, stay tuned to www.rinehartclinic.org. For more information on Rinehart Clinic's Diabetic Risk Reduction program, contact the clinic's Quality Director at 1-800-368-5182, Ext. 172.