VG'S COMMITMENT TO ADVOCACY

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, the largest health center serving Washington and Yamhill Counties, identifies the need for participating in advocacy at the local, state, and federal level as a top priority. Virginia Garcia has been recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as an Advocacy Center of Excellence, Silver Level.

In the case of Virginia Garcia, an Advocacy Team has been established and is charged with recruiting staff, board members, volunteers, and community supporters of the Health Center to become Health Center Advocates and educating the community on the importance of advocating for VGMHC at all levels.

ELIMINATING FEARS

Virginia Garcia is committed to celebrating diversity. We are also committed to eliminating barriers and fears to individuals accessing health care. For these reasons, VG’s Health Center Board of Directors (on April 25, 2018) and Foundation Board of Directors (on May 16, 2018) formally opposed Measure 105 (formerly known as IP22).

What is Measure 105?

Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s “sanctuary” law that passed more than 30 years ago with broad support from Republicans and Democrats. The law gives clear guidance to local police on how to handle complex immigration issues. The law reduced racial profiling while keeping local police focused on protecting local communities. If Measure 105 passes, Oregonians will lose this important protection.

Virginia Garcia is part of the Oregonians United Against Profiling coalition. Please visit their website for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities:

NO on 105 Canvass

Saturday, October 13 11 am – 3 pm Virginia Garcia Beaverton Wellness Center, 2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #200, Beaverton, OR 97005

NO on 105 Phone Bank

Saturday, October 28 5:30-8:30 pm Virginia Garcia Administration Office, 3305 NW Aloclek Ave, Hillsboro, Or  97124

HOUSING FOR ALL

VG knows that access to housing is essential to our patients, especially those facing poverty, trauma, violence, mental illness, addiction or other chronic health conditions.

For this reason on August 22, VGs Health Center Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse  Measure 102 and Measure 26-199, two affordable housing ballot measures that will ensure safe, affordable housing for more working families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities throughout our region.

Virginia Garcia is part of the Yes on Affordable Housing Campaign coalition. Please visit their website for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities:

NO on 105 Canvass

Saturday, October 13 11 am – 3 pm Virginia Garcia Beaverton Wellness Center, 2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #200, Beaverton, OR 97005

NO on 105 Phone Bank

Saturday, October 28 5:30-8:30 pm Virginia Garcia Administration Office, 3305 NW Aloclek Ave, Hillsboro, Or  97124

RESPONDING TO PUBLIC CHARGE

In the past few months the Trump administration has been putting together a new policy that will impact the health and well-being of all immigrants. The policy is known as Public Charge. Below are a few critical details to know:

When an individual applies for Lawful Permanent Residency status (aka a “Green Card”), the US Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) evaluates whether he or she has used – or is likely to use –  certain public benefits that could make them a public charge.  If so, this is a “heavily weighted negative factor” against the applicant’s request.  In this proposed regulation, the Administration is proposing to significantly expand the list of programs that USCIS must consider when determining if an immigrant is a public charge.
For the past 20 years, an immigrant has been considered a public charge only if he or she is “primarily dependent” on the government, as shown through the receipt of cash assistance for income maintenance (e.g., TANF or SSI) or on government-funded long-term institutional care.
Non-emergency Medicaid (with limited exceptions), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Housing support (e.g., Section 8 vouchers, public housing), Medicare Part D subsidies. As of yet, the Administration has not yet decided whether to add CHIP to this list.
If finalized, the regulation would chill access to critical programs that help immigrants and their families access health care, food, and other essentials. These programs have improved participants’ health, wellbeing, school success, and economic security. The proposal would make—and has already made—immigrant families afraid to seek programs that support basic needs. One in four children have at least one immigrant parent. This issue touches millions, making it critical now and for our nation’s future. How you live your life and contribute to your community should define you in this country, not how you look or how much money you have. New immigrants who work hard to make life better for themselves and for those who come here bring new ideas and new energy to our nation. It is important to note that some groups of immigrants—such as refugees, asylees, groups—are not subject to public charge determinations, and charge is also not a consideration when lawful permanent residents (green card holders) apply to become U.S. citizens.
The proposed rule has been officially published in the Federal Register and the public will be able to submit comments for 60 days. After reviewing all public comments and making any changes it deems appropriate, the Administration will issue a Final Rule, which will go into effect 60 days after being published.  In the meantime, and until a final rule is in effect, federal officials will continue to apply the current public charge policy.
If a patient or patient’s family are receiving benefits to go to the doctor, pay for food, or pay rent – they do not need to stop their benefits. The proposed rule is NOT yet final and will not be in effect for months. The proposed rule says that it will apply only to programs used after the rule goes into effect. Using benefits now can help patients become healthier, stronger, and more employable in the future. Under the draft proposal, benefits previously excluded from the public charge determination (such as Medicaid and SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will be considered only if those benefits are received after the final rule is published.
Visit https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/ and submit your comment. It is essential that your comment is unique, please speak to personal experience.
Additional resources: Additional questions can be directed to Felicita Monteblanco, Policy and Advocacy Officer at 503.214.1650/fmonteblanco@vgmhc.org

ELECTION 2018

Curious how County candidates feel about health and well being? Continue reading to see the responses and find out more about each candidate below.

2018 Ballot Measures

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2018 BALLOT MEASURES Below are summaries of the upcoming November ballot measures. You will also find links that will provide information on where to vote, how to register to vote, absentee ballots and [...]

2018 County Candidate Questions

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Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is working to ensure that elected officials can share their values for health and wellness to their potential constituents, especially in the geographic communities we serve. For the fall [...]

Curious how County candidates feel about health and well being? Continue reading to see the responses and find out more about each candidate below.

2018 Ballot Measures

October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on 2018 Ballot Measures

2018 BALLOT MEASURES Below are summaries of the upcoming November ballot measures. You will also find links that will provide information on where to vote, how to register to vote, absentee ballots and [...]

2018 County Candidate Questions

October 8th, 2018|Comments Off on 2018 County Candidate Questions

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is working to ensure that elected officials can share their values for health and wellness to their potential constituents, especially in the geographic communities we serve. For the fall [...]

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

It is important that everyone have a firm understanding of their rights. Below are articles and links to information and resources that will help you stay up-to-date on current events and activities.

Know Your Rights

How to Be Prepared for an Immigration Raid | Versión en español   For more resources, visit our Health Care Matters page. Given increased enforcement activity in recent months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it [...]

Conozca Sus Derechos

Como prepararse para una redada de inmigración  | English version Para más recursos, visite nuestra página Health Care Matters. Dado el aumento de operativos de inmigración en los últimos meses a cargo de la [...]

DACA

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) Para leer esta página en Español, favor de hacer clic aquí. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is still valid. It's difficult to predict how and when [...]

RESOURCES AND WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

  • Causa Oregon offers Know Your Rights trainings. Check their website for more information and to sign up.

  • NACHC (National Assosciation of Community Health Centers has a website set up to help you get involved.

  • Causa created the Oregon Immigration Resource website for questions concerning immigrants in Oregon.

  • One Oregon is a statewide coalition that defends against anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and ballot measures and works to ensure that all Oregonians, regardless of country of birth, are treated with dignity and respect

FREE LEGAL ADVICE │ ASESORÍA LEGAL GRATUITO

  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest
    • Asylum, Unaccompanied Minor, Cancellation
    • Languages: English & Español
    • 605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
    • Tel: (503) 731-9539
    • Fax: (503 233-0667

OTHER LINKS AND RELEVANT INFORMATION

The Latino Network provides information for members of the community.

The National Immigration Law Center provides important information on immigration rights and is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

The ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) offers free "red cards" (know your rights cards), that can be ordered from the email provided on their website.  Here is the direct link to ordering the cards: https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards.They also offer a sample "preparedness plan" worksheet.  It discusses a plan for minor children, and the right to request a hearing before an immigration judge if detained.   Here is the direct link:  https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/family_preparedness_plan.pdf

The ACLU website also provides comprehensive "know your rights" material.  Pages 1, 7,8, and 9, are the most relevant.  https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-youre-stopped-police-immigration-agents-or-fbi

Check out this article:  It summarizes the 129 years of constitutional protections for undocumented immigrants.

STATEMENT OF NONPARTISANSHIP

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. VGMHC’s mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farm workers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

VGMHC may take positions on or advocate with regard to public policy issues pertinent to its mission, consistent with the requirements of applicable Federal and Oregon law. However, VGMHC conducts all of its activities in an entirely nonpartisan manner. VGMHC may acknowledge the elected officials who support us, but we do not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for public office, nor do we intervene in any election on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate or political party.

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