8/11/21 House District 30 Newsletter

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Cooling Center Information for Upcoming Heat Wave

With the upcoming heat wave please check on your neighbors if you can, especially older adults, homebound or anyone with underlying health conditions. Feel free to share this information widely. Thank you!

Map of cooling centers (Link)

Cooling Center Information (English/Spanish)

Transportation Assistance & Cooling Center Information Document (English/Spanish

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As a National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning goes into effect Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the Greater Portland Metro Area and cooling sites open, TriMet encourages anyone who might need relief from the excessive heat to ride TriMet to and from a cooling site, even if they can't pay fare. They won't be denied a ride or get a ticket if traveling to or from a cooling center and cannot afford fare.

Riders will want to plan extra time and check trimet.org/alerts before traveling. There may be delays to TriMet service due to the excessive heat.

Learn about TriMet operations during excessive heat, including adjustments to our MAX and WES systems, at trimet.org/heat.

Info on her “Coffee, Tea and Me” event on August 25th from 10:00-11:00am at Ava Roasteria-Orenco. 936 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro, OR 97217

Governor Kate Brown Visits Lane County to Review Ongoing Fire Recovery Efforts, FEMA Housing Facility in Blue River

Governor surveys impacts of 2020 Holiday Farm Fire on Blue River families
Blue River, OR—Governor Kate Brown today visited the Blue River community in Lane County, reviewing areas damaged by the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire. She also visited a recently constructed FEMA housing facility for wildfire survivors at the U.S. Basketball Academy. The Governor met with elected officials and McKenzie community leaders to discuss investments the Oregon Legislature made in the 2021 session towards rebuilding efforts.

“Nearly a year has passed, and thousands of Oregonians throughout our state are still recovering and rebuilding from the devastation of last year's historic wildfires, even as we brace ourselves during this year's fire season," said Governor Brown. “I would like to thank the Legislature for the investments they made in helping the Blue River community rebuild. I commend the local, state, and federal officials, as well as all the community-based organizations and private sector partners, who continue to support impacted families.”

The Governor was joined by Senator Floyd Prozanski, Representative Paul Holvey, Lane County Commissioner Heather Buch, Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps, and representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Lane County.

Governor Kate Brown Statement on Biden-Harris Administration's Historic $3.46 Billion Investment to Reduce Effects of Climate Change 

Oregon to receive $43.4 million for mitigation projects to reduce risks from natural disasters
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on the Biden-Harris administration's announcement that it will commit $43.4 million of federal hazard mitigation funds to Oregon to reduce the impacts of climate change:

"There is no question that climate change is playing out before our own eyes: forests are burning, lakes are drying up, and people are dying," said Governor Brown. "It is welcome news that the Biden-Harris administration is taking a proactive, collaborative, and forward-looking approach to climate change and disaster preparedness. I'd like to thank the administration and our partners at FEMA for their commitment to helping states across the country to build stronger, more resilient communities in the face of climate-related natural disasters."

The $43.4 million that Oregon will receive is part of a $3.46 billion package through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to assist states, Tribes, and territories in maximizing their investment in mitigation measures to create safer and more resilient communities, reduce the effects of climate change, and reduce disaster suffering as severe weather continues to disproportionately affect vulnerable communities.

Post from OHA advising the public to take intentional care of themselves

From the Oregon Health Authority

We’ve entered another difficult time during the pandemic. Case counts have been increasing and recommendations on masking have changed once again.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a traumatic event and we are experiencing a response to that trauma. It’s natural to feel stress during times like these. Stress can cause feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, frustration or numbness. These feelings are natural responses to stress. Part of taking care of ourselves is paying attention to our feelings.

Stress may also cause physical reactions, such as:
◌ Changes in appetite, energy, desires and interests
◌ Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
◌ Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
◌ Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems and skin rashes
◌ Worsening of chronic health problems
◌ Worsening of mental health conditions
◌ Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances

If you would like to talk with someone or to find more resources to support your mental health, you can call the Safe + Strong helpline at 800-923-HELP (4357), or visit safestrongoregon.org for a list of helplines.

Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress from the CDC. The CDC also has more information on coping with a traumatic event (ow.ly/D59f50FJRZ0).

School-Based Health Centers 

From the Oregon Health Authority

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are a vital community tool for supporting young people’s health and well-being. Located in schools or on school grounds, these clinics provide medical care, behavioral health services and, often, dental services to school-aged youth. Oregon has over 75 SBHCs across the state which makes them easily accessible for many families.   

SBHCs can make sure that your child is prepared to start the school year healthy. They offer well-child visits and can ensure that children are caught up on the immunizations required for school.  The health care staff is also ready and willing to answer your questions about vaccination. And if your child is 12 or older, an SBHC can also provide them with the COVID-19 vaccine.  

To learn more about SBHCs, check out the full story on the Oregon Vaccine News blog.

Info on School Based Health Centers

Full-Time, In-Person School is Coming Back

From the Oregon Department of Education

Oregon schools are getting ready for students to return to the classroom this fall. For students and families, this can be a mix of stress, excitement and opportunity. This may be especially true for families and students who have personally experienced the deep impact of COVID-19, including those who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ2SIA+, living with a disability, or living in a rural community. It’s important we all show up with care and connection for each other as we begin the new school year together.  ODE’s Care and Connection campaign is helping students and staff build relationships and lay the foundation for the year aheadClick here for more information.

To help prepare for the next school year, mental health resources and guidance for students, families and school professionals are available on our website:

Help Me Home Program

Help Me Home Program

Help Me Home 

Help Me Home is a voluntary enrollment program for adults and children who, should they become lost, would have difficulty communicating vital information about themselves due to a medical condition. Those who are registered in this program have their identification photo and pertinent information placed in a database managed by the Sheriff's Office that is available across law enforcement agencies countywide. If a registrant is found alone by law enforcement and needs help, the deputy or officer can quickly search for a match in the Help Me Home database using personal identifiers.  When matched, caregivers will be contacted immediately to let them know their loved one has been located. 

To Register

To register for this program, you will need to complete the Help Me Home Registration form at http://bit.ly/WCSO_HMH. The cost to register is $20 and is good for two years. All information is kept confidential and is only available to law enforcement. 

Project Lifesaver Program

Project Lifesaver Program

Project Lifesaver is a program available specifically to help locate children or adults who have been diagnosed with autism, Down's Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, or other memory-related illnesses, by a certified medical professional, and who are known to wander from the safety of caregivers. Project Lifesaver participants wear a waterproof radio transmitter bracelet that may be worn on the participant's wrist or ankle, remaining on at all times. This transmitter produces a unique radio frequency that trained deputies can track should a caregiver report to 9-1-1 that the Project Lifesaver participant is missing. Additional costs are associated with this program.

Find more details about Project Lifesaver at: http://bit.ly/WCSO_PL 

Fall Registration for Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Fall Programs information

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Fall Programs

In-district fall registration opens Saturday, August 28th, 2021 at 8 am.

Out-of-district fall registration begins Monday, August 30th, 2021.

Fall Schedule Available Online August 6th: Details will be available on the district’s website www.thprd.org. THPRD will not be producing a paper activities guide this fall. 

Centro de Bienvenida:  We continue to have bilingual staff and volunteers serving Spanish-speaking patrons. All non-English speakers needing extra assistance are encouraged to attend this event. Running from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 28, at THPRD’s Howard M. Terpenning Complex at 15707 SW Walker Rd.

On-line registration is encouraged!  The fastest, easiest, and best way to register is at www.thprd.org. Make sure you have your username and password set up so you are ready. Update your username: If you haven’t yet, please update your username.  Starting in the Spring of 2020, all THPRD accounts were required to have an updated username that does not include your name/date of birth combination.

In-person at one of our facilities: Walk-in registration at our open facilities is allowed starting on Saturday, August 28, for in-district patrons that need extra help.  The website’s registration portal is still the preferred – and quickest - method, but if you need the help, come on in.  Facilities open at different hours, and not all centers are currently open to the public, so be sure to check the opening times on our web site.

Telephone Registration Still Available: You can call 503-439-9400 to register.  Phone registration may have a longer wait time.  To avoid wait times, we highly encourage on-line registration.

6th Annual Community Health Fair Information

Saturday, August 14th 9am to 1pm in the parking lot behind Washington County Public Services Building. 155 N First Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97124. Physicals, dental screenings, COVID Vaccines, a produce stand and more will be available.

6th Feria Anual De Salud Comunitaria

Sábado, 14 de Agosto 9:00am a 1pm. Atras del Estacionamiento del Condado de Wahsington. 155 N First Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97124. Habrá exámenes físicos y dentales, mercado de frutas, vacuna COVID, OHP y ayuda de inscripción para seguros médicos y más.

Politics in the Park Recap

This past weekend I held a Politics in the Park meeting at 53rd Ave park, where I heard lots of compliments and concerns from constituents across House District 30. A common issue that was brought up included infrastructure and how Oregon can improve electric vehicle use, public transportation, or even a change of how we fund our transportation entirely. Another key conversation was the improvement of our public safety, with the knowledge that 96% of those currently in jail will be our neighbors, we should revise how we view our corrections department as a method of rehabilitation instead of punishment. Lastly we covered the upcoming redistricting for Oregon where House District 30 will be affected. Washington County is second behind only Deschutes in population growth, with North Plains alone seeing 48% growth in one year making HD-30 about 17.5% overpopulated for legislative representation according to preliminary census data. If you’d like to ask me questions in person I have a Coffee, Tea, & Me event planned for Wednesday, August 25th 10:00 - 11:00am at Ava Roasteria-Orenco. 

Pictures of Politics in the Park Event

North Plains National Night Out Recap

I'm so #ProudToBeHD30! A beautiful, cool night in North Plains at the National Night Out event last week. We celebrated community, our 1st responders and KIDS! I was also able to see my friend and colleague, State Representative Dacia Grayber (She is also a SHEro Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue firefighter in North Plains). Kids also got to experience all types of rescue equipment that the Washington County Sheriff's Office use too! Thank you Mayor Teri Lenahan for the invitation to attend. #NationalNightOut was a success! 

Pictures of Rep. Sollman at the North Plains Night Out Event

Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden at Quatama Elementary

Quatama Elementary School received a Learning Garden grant during this past school year from the Captain Planet Foundation and invited me and Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway to celebrate with them at their Garden Event yesterday during their 2-week Camp Coyote for students. The Project Learning Garden program provides a context for multidisciplinary learning, ranging from nutrition and science to social, studies, math and language arts. Students benefit by expanding their palates, taste-testing healthy foods, and learning about food origins; engaging in authentic science field investigations; manipulating the environment to understand math in real-life applications; recreating historical activities; and writing across all these disciplines. They were so very proud to talk about their experience with the garden and all they have learned along the way. It was also wonderful to see them so excited to make a salad with the vegetables they grew, they even wanted seconds. It was a great way to start my day. Kids inspire me. Thank you Quatama Coyotes.

Pictures from the Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden at Quatama Elementary event

Oregon COVID-19 Updates

There are nine new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon this week, raising the state’s death toll to 2,912, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. on August 10th.

Oregon Health Authority reported 2,329 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. on August 10th, bringing the state total to 232,436. 

Vaccinations in Oregon

On August 10th, OHA reported that 5,300 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. The seven-day running average is now 5,345 doses per day.

Masking and the Delta Variant

From the Oregon Health Authority

Today, Oregon recorded the highest number of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations the state has ever seen throughout the course of the pandemic. Today’s record number of hospitalizations is a stark reminder that the pandemic isn’t over and that the Delta variant, which is now the dominant variant circulating in Oregon, is 2–3 times more infectious than early COVID-19 variants.

As Senior Health Advisor Dr. Melissa Sutton stated in an Aug. 6 media briefing, “For unvaccinated individuals, the risk of COVID-19 has literally never been greater.”

As such, we want to remind you that:

  1. All three COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective in preventing severe COVID-19 infection leading to hospitalization.
  2. The Delta variant is much more contagious than past variants.
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OHA recommend that everyone — regardless of vaccination status — wear a mask in public indoor settings to slow the spread of the Delta variant and protect others.

To learn more about the Delta variant and the CDC’s updated masking recommendations, click here.

Governor Kate Brown will also hold a press conference tomorrow, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. to announce new statewide indoor mask requirements. You can watch a livestream here and read more about the announcement in her official press release.

Vaccines are effective

Find a Vaccine in Washington County

From Washington County Health and Human Services

NEW! Washington County's Mobile Vaccine Team: Our mobile team is traveling the county to make it easier for people to get the vaccine close to where they live, shop or hang out. Find the schedule here.

Local pharmacies: Pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.

Beaverton Resource Center: Most Fridays from July 16 through September 24. See the flier for exact dates and times. Pfizer for ages 12 and older. Located at 13565 SW Walker Road.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers: All vaccination events are open to the community, do not require an appointment, and do not require you to be a Virginia Garcia patient. You do not have to have insurance in order to receive a vaccine. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. Remember, vaccines are free!

Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance


Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman