Rinehart Clinic eNewsletter January 2020                                            View this email in your browser
230 Rowe Street  |  Wheeler, OR  |  Clinic: 800-368-5182  |  Pharmacy: 844-715-2299  |
Community Wellness program kicks off the New Year with a brand new QiGong class

In last month's newsletter, we gave an update on the increased Community Wellness grant funding Rinehart Clinic received from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). This funding has allowed us to expand our wellness programming and we are pleased to announce our first class in 2020 is a brand new 10-week QiGong class. The class will be taught by Liz Vitale, Rinehart Clinic's Acupuncturist, who has practiced QiGong for seven years.  

QiGong 10-week session begins January 8
Wednesdays • 3 - 4 pm • at NCRD 
North County Recreation District (Schoolhouse Room), 36155 9th St., Nehalem, OR

January 8  |  January 15  |  NO CLASS Jan. 22 |  January 29 |  February 5    
February 12  |  February 19  |  February 26  |  March 4  |  March 11  |  March 18

QiGong Class in Pacific CityAll levels welcome! Learn the basics of this meditative movement practice in the supportive environment of a group experience. QiGong can help improve strength and balance, reduce stress, manage tension, improve circulation, and contribute to your overall health.

This class is free and open to everyone. Class size is limited. Please Register by calling Rinehart Clinic at 1-800-368-5182, ext. 101. Class attendees will receive free healthy food vouchers for participating.
to the Generous Donors who chose to support Rinehart Clinic on Giving Tuesday!  (And if you missed it, it's not too late to contribute:

Need help with energy costs?

Staff from CARE, Inc. will be at Rinehart Clinic
Weds., January 8, 2020  •  1 - 4 pm

If you are interested in applying for a one-time energy credit through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), stop in to see representatives from CARE, Inc., who can help you sign up for the program. No appointment necessary. If you have questions, call 1-800-368-5182, Ext. 112.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for Rinehart Clinic & Pharmacy
  • New Year's
    • New Year's Eve - December 31 - CLOSING EARLY at 3 pm
    • New Year's Day - January 1, 2020 - CLOSED
    • Monday, January 20, 2020 - CLOSED in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Mindfulness Meditation - Monday, December 30  |  5:30 - 6:30 pm
Rinehart Clinic, 230 Rowe Street, Wheeler, OR
Our monthly Mindfulness Meditation Class takes place the 5th Tuesday in December rather than the normal 4th Monday. PLEASE NOTE: Starting in February, this class will move to the 4th TUESDAY of every month

Energy Assistance Sign-up - Wednesday, January 8  |  1 - 4 pm
Rinehart Clinic, 230 Rowe Street, Wheeler, OR
Staff from Care, Inc. will be available at Rinehart Clinic to help people sign up for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. 

10-Week QiGong Class Starts - Wednesday, January 8  |  3 - 4 pm
North County Recreation District, 36155 9th Street, Nehalem, OR
A new Community Wellness Class brought to you by Rinehart Clinic: Qi-Gong, taught by Rinehart Clinic's Acupuncturist, Liz Vitale. Free and open to everyone. See article above or our Facebook page for details.

Mindfulness Meditation - Monday, January 27  |  5:30 - 6:30 pm
Rinehart Clinic, 230 Rowe Street, Wheeler, OR
Our monthly drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Class. PLEASE NOTE: Starting in February, this class will move to the 4th TUESDAY of every month

DELAYED OPENING - 11 am - Thursday, January 30
Due to an all-staff training, the Clinic and Pharmacy will open at 11 am on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Visit Rinehart Clinic's website or Facebook page for details on these and other events and classes. 
2020 Schedule Changes - STARTING IN FEBRUARY
Mindfulness Meditation - 4th TUESDAY of every month  |  5:30 - 6:30 pm
(Formerly held the 4th Monday.)
SMART Recovery Meetings - Every WEDNESDAY  |  5:30 - 6:30 pm
(Formerly held on Tuesdays.)

For more information, visit

Equity Committee adopts Mission and Vision

For the past few months, a group of Rinehart Clinic and Pharmacy employees and community members have been meeting to talk about the importance of health equity. 

Background:  The discussions around health equity have been occurring more broadly and deeply over the last couple of years among staff, and several improvements have already been made. In 2018, trainings were organized for all staff on cultural sensitivity and how to effectively work with language interpreters to help patients understand their care options. We also contracted with a new language interpretation service that provides on-site interpreters whenever possible to work directly with patients and their providers (and live video when in-person is not possible). Earlier this year, two of our staff members were honored with a Health Equity Award from the Oregon Primary Care Association recognizing their role in the improvements that have been made. But they, and others, knew the work must continue, and so the Equity Committee was formed. 

What is Health Equity? The definitions vary widely, but for the Rinehart Clinic Equity Committee, health equity means that everyone should have the health care and opportunities needed to lead healthy lives. And these opportunities could vary depending on a person’s life circumstances. Equality is everyone having the same access; equity is recognizing each person’s individual circumstances (financial, identity, language, background, etc.) and tailoring the care to suit that individual’s needs. 

We know that many people have barriers to accessing health care. The Rinehart Clinic team feels strongly that health care organizations must recognize these challenges and help reduce as many of the barriers as possible so that all people receive quality health care that is delivered with respect and dignity. 

After much discussion, the committee adopted the following mission and vision statements.  

Mission:  Acknowledging the impact of systemic oppression on health, the Equity Committee’s mission is to foster a culture that is committed to providing equitable healthcare for all in our community.

Vision:  The Equity Committee believes the diversity of our experiences and perspectives makes our community stronger, healthier, and safer. We are committed to holding the healthcare system accountable, including the team at Rinehart Clinic & Pharmacy, for providing equitable healthcare for all. We will work to identify and eliminate inequities, both internal and external, by modeling practices that promote health equity, by adopting policies and procedures that support the mission, and by collaborating with key partners to further understanding and accountability.

The committee recognizes that drafting a mission statement is just the first step in moving these efforts forward. Now the real work begins of making sure Rinehart Clinic is a shining example of a community health center that provides equitable care for all. The committee has strong support from the administration and the board of directors, who recognize the importance of this work. 

Watch for updates on the committee's work on the Rinehart Clinic bulletin boards. If you have ideas or input to share about this or any other matter related to Rinehart Clinic or Pharmacy, we encourage you to fill out a feedback form (located at the front desk). 

Questions about health insurance?

Has your income or family size changed? Need to renew your Oregon Health Plan? Rinehart Clinic's Enrollment Navigators can help (for free). They are available each month at the following locations:  
  • ASTORIA:  3rd Tuesday of each month from 10 am - 1 pm
    Astoria Self-Sufficiency Office, 450 Marine Drive, #200, Astoria, OR
  • NEHALEM:  3rd Friday of each month from 12 - 2 pm
    Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church 36050 10th Street, Nehalem, OR
  • SEASIDE:  4th Friday of each month from 10 am - 1 pm
    Providence Seaside Hospital, 725 S. Wahanna Road, Seaside, OR
You can also meet one-on-one with an Enrollment Navigator at Rinehart Clinic. Please call 1-800-368-5182 for an appointment. 
Did you know? The electronic version of our newsletter has a Translate feature so you can read it in Spanish or another language of your choice. Just click on the “View this email in your browser” link and look for the “Translate” drop-down on the upper navigation bar.
¿Sabias que? La versión electrónica de nuestro boletín tiene una función de Traducción para que pueda leer en Español u otro idioma de su elección. Simplemente haga clic en el enlace "Ver este correo electrónico en su navegador" y busque el menú desplegable "Traducir" en la barra de navegación superior.
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