Target: Dan Herman, Chief Executive Officer of 211info
Goal: Commend organization for providing health and wellness resources to public
While there are numerous nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the public’s health and well-being, it is not always easy for people to locate those that will best meet their needs. The Portland-based nonprofit organization, 211info, works to prevent this problem by serving as an information database on “…more than 7,000 nonprofit, government, and faith-based health and social services programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington” (211info.org).
According to its website, the organization believes in the idea of “Health for Your Whole Life.” This means that in addition to offering information about medical care, it provides information to meet all basic needs, like food, housing, and economic opportunity. Each year, nearly 300,000 people use 211info’s services.
The organization also believes in making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to use 211info. In addition to searching its website, users can call by dialing 211, email the organization, or text their zip codes to 898211. All services are confidential and offered toll-free, and phone calls can be conducted in over 150 languages.
211info further helps Oregon and Washington residents by continuously publicizing wellness information. Recently, the organization analyzed information from an AARP Public Policy Institute report in order to see how middle-aged and older Oregonians measure up when it comes to seeking preventative healthcare recommended for those ages fifty to sixty-four. The report revealed that those from this group tend to overlook receiving flu and pneumonia vaccines, pap tests, and colorectal cancer screenings. Many also have high blood pressure. In light of these findings, 211info compiled a list of resources Oregonians can use to improve their health. This list was published on OregonLive.com and included information on how to receive free mammograms and eye, hearing, blood pressure, and diabetes screenings. By providing quick links to needed resources, 211info increases the likelihood that the public will seek preventative healthcare.
211info makes it easy for Oregon and Washington residents to find resources that will improve their health, well-being, and happiness. This service is invaluable, as it is often difficult for people to find the programs they need when there are thousands that offer various types of help. By signing the petition below, you will commend 211info on helping people find the assistance they need.
Dear Dan Herman,
211info strives to provide Oregon and Washington residents with comprehensive health and wellness information. By acting as the middleman between assistance-seekers and the programs that can help them, those in need receive help more quickly, allowing them to improve their overall well-being and happiness.
This service is invaluable and increases the effectiveness of Oregon’s and Washington’s nonprofit, government, and faith-based health and social services organizations. Furthermore, 211info continuously publicizes wellness information, ensuring that the public is aware of services and resources available to them. We would like to commend the organization on its work.
[Your Name Here]
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