“Unique to Oregon, ¡Salud! is a collaborative effort founded in 1991 by a group of winery owners and physicians in an attempt to support the community of vineyard workers. A project of OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center, ¡Salud! addresses the healthcare hurdles these workers regularly encounter. The program now serves approximately 2,500 patients each year, and all vineyard workers and family members in the Willamette Valley are eligible to participate.”
“This is the first part of these vineyard employees’ afternoon with ¡Salud!, a one-of-its-kind preventative health care service supported exclusively by Oregon’s winemaking community. ¡Salud! was founded in 1991 by Tuality Healthcare and a handful of producers concerned about how their seasonal workforce could gain access to basic healthcare, since they are not eligible for employer-sponsored plans due to the temporary nature of their work.”
“Since May 7, ¡Salud! has screened 400 farmworkers for Covid-19, with roughly four percent testing positive. (Only two have been hospitalized thus far and both are recovering at home.) Leda Garside, chief nurse at ¡Salud!, estimates that roughly 70 percent of the vineyard workers she sees do not have any other healthcare.”
“Wine harvest season looming, ¡Salud! screens agriculture workers for COVID-19”
Statesman Journal, written by Emily Teel
“For the past 25 years, non-profit organization ¡Salud! has provided multi-lingual, multicultural health care to the people who work in Oregon’s vineyards — in wineries, tending vines, harvesting grapes, and bottling.”
‘”Ever thought about the labor that goes into making a bottle of wine? What about the stresses that labor puts on workers? If you haven’t, you should.” – Mark Stock, The Manual
With sustainability becoming more of a focus for wineries, topics such as land and water use are often at the forefront of the discussion. Mark Stock’s recent article via TheManual.com features ¡Salud! and care for vineyard workers in other regions of the country as part of the sustainability movement, urging readers to consider the impact on agricultural workers.
Thank you to Mark Stock and Oregon Wine Press for this snapshot of the 2018 auction at Ponzi Vineyards and Domaine Serene on November 9 and 10, 2018.
Together with the Summertime ¡Salud! E-Auction, the 2018 event season raised a record-breaking $1 million to provide healthcare to vineyard workers and their families.
“How One Industry Gives Healthcare to Its Hard-to-Reach Migrant Workers”
With stories from ¡Salud! Founder, Nancy Ponzi, and an update from ¡Salud! Services manager, Leda Garside, VICE Magazine illustrates why ¡Salud! is important now more than ever.
“That stress of living in this uncertainty, it adds a lot,” she said. “You were promised one thing and went from one area of hope and now we are in an area of, we don’t know. That creates a lot of stress, and that stress is reflected physically.” – Leda Garside, RN, MBA, ¡Salud! Services Manager
Thank you to VICE Magazine reporter Emily Gillespie and photographer Toni Greaves for accompanying ¡Salud! Services to a mobile health clinic in the summer of 2018.
Salud!, a program through OHSU Tuality Healthcare that provides healthcare services for vineyard workers and their families, is hosting a new online auction of its exclusive Pinot Noir cuvées. The auction will debut at 8:00 am PST on Tuesday, July 17 and feature 40 lots of 12-bottle cases from the ¡Salud! Vintners’ Circle of top Willamette Valley winemakers. This pre-sale opportunity will run through Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. PST and gives wine fans a chance to access these exclusive wines before the program’s annual auction weekend being held November 9-10.
All registered bidders will be entered to win one 12-bottle mixed case of premium Oregon Pinot Noir. The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday, July 20 and notified via email.
Auction online link: https://supporter.greatergiving.com/Login?AT=8&PK=MkF6y7u8Rg1osbOC
- Willamette Week’s Best of Portland 2022 Best Sips
- “E-Auction from ¡Salud! Donates Directly to Vineyard Workers” – Sip Northwest
- “Amid a Health Crisis, ¡Salud! Puts Farmworkers First” – Wine Enthusiast
- “Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds” – Reasons to be Cheerful feature
- COVID-19 Clinics featured in Statesman Journal