Tuality Healthcare – ¡Salud! Services Program
The Tuality Healthcare’s ¡Salud! Services program is a project of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation. Since 1991, the program has been fully funded from the proceeds of the annual ¡Salud! The Oregon Pinot Noir Auction and other private donations.
The ¡Salud! Mission
¡Salud! was created by a group of Oregon winery owners and Tuality Healthcare physicians to address the hurdles faced by vineyard workers who cannot meet their basic healthcare needs. The vast majority of field workers move from one crop to another. Their temporary status with each employer makes them ineligible for health coverage. Without insurance, these men, women, and their families often do not seek professional healthcare until their problems become acute. Their knowledge of basic health education is poor, and they are overwhelmed by the maze of complex and confusing resources available in the medical system. ¡Salud!’s mission is to fill this gap.
Our Unique Collaboration
The relationship between vintners and physician, united in their mission to benefit this essential workforce, is unique to Oregon. No other state in the country has such an effective and far-reaching program to support the vineyard worker population. This progressive approach by the Oregon wine industry has enabled ¡Salud! to access workers at the worksite to provide vital healthcare services they might not otherwise receive.