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July 14, 2021

Around the nation: Oregon announces winner of $1 million vaccine lottery

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    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on Friday announced the winner of its $1 million vaccination lottery in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Michigan, and Oregon.

    • District of Columbia: National Quality Forum last week announced Dana Gelb Safran as president and CEO, effective August 16. Currently, Safran is SVP of value-based care and population health at Well Health and serves on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Previously, she helped found Haven, a defunct joint venture of AmazonJPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway, and worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and what is now known as the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. (Christ, Modern Healthcare, 7/8; National Quality Forum press release, 7/8)
    • Michigan: CDC is investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy who died in his sleep three days after he received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in mid-June, the Saginaw County Health Department said. While the exact cause of the boy's death is still unclear, his family was told preliminary autopsy findings suggest his heart was enlarged and had fluid around it. The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, which is the medical examiner for Saginaw County, said it is communicating with CDC about the case. A CDC advisory committee last month acknowledged an association between the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines and rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis and found that the conditions were more likely to occur in boys and young men. (Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 7/5)
    • Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced on Friday the winner of the state's $1 million lottery, which was part of the "Take Your Shot Oregon" campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated. The winner was Chloe Zinda, a fine arts student at Oregon State University. In the coming weeks, state officials will also announce the winners of smaller prizes, including $10,000 in each county and five $100,000 college scholarships. Although the lottery incentive did not significantly boost Oregon's vaccination rate, the state was able to achieve the governor's 70% vaccination goal on July 2, two days after the state economy fully reopened. (Hayes, Portland Business Journal, 7/9)


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