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Eugene's White Bird Clinic Honored At White House On July 4th

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Chris Hecht
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The Executive Coordinator of White Bird Clinic was at the White House for its Independence Day celebration last Sunday. The Eugene-based outreach clinic was honored for it’s COVID-19 vaccination project.

Chris Hecht represented White Bird volunteers and staff who have provided over 7,200 shots to Lane County residents. 

Hecht met Dr. Jill Biden and says he was pleased with the nuance of President Joe Biden’s remarks to the crowd of over a thousand on the South Lawn.  

:16 “He praised all the success that we’ve had so far-- but also acknowledged that we have significant work left to do in protecting all our community members, especially individuals in communities that suffer from health and healthcare disparities.” 

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Chris Hecht shakes hands with First Lady Jill Biden during the Independence Day celebration at the White House. Hecht was invited to represent White Bird Clinic and their successful vaccination project.

Now back home, Hecht says “we have to fight COVID-19 on a shot by shot basis.” To reach underserved, rural communities, White Bird will be using a custom-outfitted vaccination van awarded by the Oregon Health Authority.

To set up an outreach clinic, contact White Bird partners  at the Lane Community Health Council
Direct contact is: Adria Godom-Bynum at adria.g.bynum@gmail.com or call 458-240-7152.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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