5/16/22 –

Deschutes County recognizes Dr. Logan Clausen, Chief Medical Officer for COPA, as a 2022 COVID Health Hero, along with Gwen Gist of St Charles. The awards ceremony takes place at Pioneer Park in Bend, Oregon on May 17.

Each year Deschutes County recognizes individuals and groups which demonstrate excellence in promoting and protecting behavioral and public health. This year, the Deschutes County Public Health Advisory Board recognized outstanding work and contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. John Peoples of COPA said Dr. Clausen led the way on COVID care in pediatrics over the last two years. “She has consistently been weeks ahead in her vision on how to best provide community care for the safety of children and their families. Her leadership has been positive, thoughtful, extremely intelligent, and with a foundation of hard work dedication. Dr. Clausen dedicated enormous hours since COVID began to assure that community and pediatric health outcomes are optimized from this dangerous disease. There is no doubt in my mind that our community would not be near where we are today without her extraordinary leadership.”

The entire team at COPA is very proud of Dr. Logan Clausen’s leadership from the very beginning of COVID. She worked to research published medical information, stayed connected with Federal and State authorities, and offered timely pediatric medical direction for healthcare organizations and schools in the tri-county region. During the first 18 months of the pandemic, official information changed continuously and Dr. Clausen has been a key conduit for the community regarding the most up-to-date medical learnings about COVID in children.

“I feel so honored to be recognized for helping our community weather the COVID pandemic, along with some amazing other individuals,” said Dr. Clausen. “The abrupt onset of this life-changing pandemic required both healthcare organizations and schools to dramatically pivot from so many well-established processes and procedures. The speed of change both in knowledge we gained and systems we implemented was blinding. I feel privileged to be a part of a community that faced the challenge by coming together and working as a unified front. I truly feel that the pandemic has made us a more connected and more community-minded region, and I’m honored to have been a part of that.”