August Is National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. During NIAM, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare provider to ensure you and your family are protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccination.
- Talk to your doctor or nurse about whether you have missed any vaccines.
- You have the power to protect your children against serious diseases like measles, cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough.
- Preteens and teens need four types of vaccines to help protect against serious diseases: meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections; HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV; Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
- Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults may need vaccines to protect against whooping cough, flu, pneumonia, and shingles.
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August Employee of the Month
Please join us in congratulating Kayln Clinkenbeard as our August Employee of the Month.
Kayln originally joined Waterfall as a mental health technician and was vital in defining and creating that new position at the clinic. She then transitioned to the Social Health Team where she serves as the coordinator for our OPAL program which helps older adults connect socially in our community. Kayln is recognized by her peers as an excellent team player who always approaches patient needs with compassion and empathy. She is the first to volunteer for new projects and completes tasks with excellence, always exceeding expectations.
Waterfall's Diversity and Equity Statement
In recognition of the recent US Supreme Court decision to disallow discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identification, and Black Lives Matter protests around the country following the killing of George Floyd, Waterfall stands in support of our black and LGBTQ+ community members.
Waterfall Community Health Center was founded in 1998 to provide quality healthcare for all. Our mission is to “promote access to quality integrated health services that meet the needs of individuals with barriers to care on the Southern Oregon Coast.” We believe all individuals should be cared for with respect and dignity. Simultaneously, we recognize that the racism and discrimination within the healthcare system in our country are barriers to quality care and equitable treatment.
Waterfall Community Health Center denounces discrimination for any and all reasons including race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our role is to provide quality care to all individuals in every community on Oregon’s Southern Coast. In the effort to seek health equity in the care we provide, Waterfall recommits to cultural responsiveness, the promotion of diversity education for staff, and the establishment of patient centered programs aimed at reducing all barriers to health care.
The Waterfall Clinic
We are a safety-net clinic in North Bend / Coos Bay serving the people of Coos, Curry and Douglas counties on the Southern Oregon Coast. We accept patients with Medicare, Oregon Health Plan/Medicaid, Private Insurance and patients without health insurance. We have a sliding fee scale for patients without health insurance, which is based on family size and income. The Waterfall Community Health Center is a Patient Centered Medical Home.
Waterfall Community Health Center is a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deemed health center, whereby it has medical malpractice liability protection through the FTCA. Under this Act, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, like Waterfall Clinic, are considered Federal employees with the Federal government acting as their primary insurer.
Watch the video below to find out what it’s like to be a patient at Waterfall Community Health Center.
OCHIN MyChart Online Communication Portal
In partnership with OCHIN, who supports our clinic’s electronic health record system, we are offering our patients secure, online access to their personal medical charts. Using the OCHIN MyChart, patients can see lab results, medication lists, make appointments, and much more – online, any time of the day or night.
Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program is part of Oregon's effort to fulfill a vision for better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians.
School Based Health Centers & Services
Waterfall Clinic School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide community members with access to critical services that are designed to keep them healthy, in school, and ready to learn.