Monthly Archives: April 2013

Meeting notes – 4/24/13

Agenda 4/24/13
Attendees – Donna, Allie, Jerry, Wendy, T., Becca, Dr. Willy, Cindy, Brooke, Cindy K., Donna G., Elliott
Intake – Donna/Brooke We need to keep better track of our charts. Dr. Willy was trapped last Sunday and needs to have a runner to contain patient flow. Triage will work up a list of protocols to establish better patient flow. Take out pink chart to be served first. We will be cutting off patients at 3pm. Intake does not need to track treatment any more. Brooke will take care of this later.
May Day – Rally at Kesey Square. Sue has been invited to speak about OM. Consensus achieved.
MAP – Cindy will not be working at Peacehealth any more. Her new job allows her to directly access MAP for our patients at Occupy Medical. She will bring her laptop and enroll patients on Sunday. The behavior meds will not be on her list of meds to fill.
Kickstarter – Kids from UofO are close to finishing the kickstarter video
Calling a meeting to reenforce our allies - 
fundraiser – T is getting the run around with connections on starting the band fundraiser. Becca will call her contact to get the number of the go to person to make this project go faster.
Trauma Center workshop – Tuesday 4/30/13 at Trauma Healing 1-3:30 – Workshop on dealing with patients with trauma 222 Coburg RD.
Cindy – announcement Trillium may be interested in funding us. Chiropractor/PT volunteer potential. He is invited to pop by and see how the clinic runs to see how he would fit in to the program.
Coop program LCC – Arlene discussed using our program as a destination for LCC students. Elliott and Sue will meet Peter to get more details.
Med students – Jerry met with the head of the OSU Pharmacy school to reinforce our relationship with their program. Consensus on moving forward with pursuing this project.
4 month camping ban – July 1
Cahoots – T suggested that we ask a rep from Cahoots to share the aspects of their program
Churches – T would like to see more churches to share food through out the month.
Retreat – Come one, come all. Bring food, bring liquids. Email Becca to let her know what time you will be arriving. 
Vaccine Clinic – May 5th as planned. Allie sent a notice to Eugene Weekly already.

Tax Day Donation

Sue Accepts the Much Needed Donation  from Taxes for Peace not War

Sue Accepts the Much Needed Donation from Taxes for Peace not War

April 15th is the day that War Tax Resisters throughout America have chosen to publicly display their frustration with government supported aggression. The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee explains the motivation for movement best.

“In the U.S. war tax resisters choose to refuse some or all of their federal income tax and/or other taxes, like the federal excise tax on local telephone service. Income taxes and excise taxes are destined for the government’s general fund and about half of that money helps to pay for the military budget including all types of weapons of war and weapons of mass destruction.

People take many roads to war tax resistance:

some are protesting a particular war;
some find it against their religious convictions to knowingly support war;
some are horrified by massive U.S. military spending while human needs go unmet;
some are or would be conscientious objectors if called to military service and, therefore, feel they cannot in good conscience pay for something they would refuse to do themselves.

Most war tax resisters are motivated by a combination of reasons like these, and actively work for peace in many other ways too.”

While Occupy Medical is not a war tax resistance group, most of our volunteers do agree that government would wise to reconsider use of the hard earned tax money they do receive. We were happy to receive support from members of Taxes for Peace not War.
The event was cosponsored by Taxes for Peace Not War, Lane County Women’s Action for New Directions and Community Alliance of Lane County who staged the event in from the post office as an expression of their outrage at the government’s policy to fund the international war effort. Members of Occupy Medical showed up to accept the donation and cheer other activist groups on. We are proud of the work our allies do every day to make this world a better place.

Vaccine Clinic – May 5th

Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

Take an active part in community health and get vaccinated!
Ali Heyn

Occupy Medical will be partnering with Lane County’s Department of Health and Human Services once again to provide Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) vaccines to uninsured adults (aged 19 and up) free of charge. The vaccines will be administered at the May 5th clinic, located at the Park Blocks, between the hours of 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Throughout the country, we are seeing a startling resurgence of pertussis (whooping cough). This is due to its high communicability (more contagious than the flu) combined with very low rates of adults receiving booster shots (8%). Last spring, our neighbors in Washington saw the highest rates of pertussis since 1942, an epidemic with 4,783 reported cases throughout the State. Although Oregon didn’t suffer to that magnitude, we did see our rates nearly triple from 320 cases in 2011 to 909 cases last year.

The Tdap vaccine should be administered once to adults who did not receive a booster shot as an adolescent. This vaccine became available in 2005 and is different from a Td (tetanus) shot. Those who are in close contact with infants are especially urged to get vaccinated, as the vast majority of deaths from the disease occur in unvaccinated infants. As such, Tdap is also recommended once per pregnancy for women in their 27th – 36th week of gestation in order to maximize the number of antibodies passed to the baby.

Getting vaccinated for pertussis not only protects oneself from contracting the disease, it also prevents the spread of the disease to the larger community through a phenomenon known as “herd immunity”. Our hopes are that with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services, we will be able to get as many people vaccinated as possible. If we all work together, we can prevent a major pertussis outbreak in Lane County.

Help for OM’s Herbalists

Beautiful Calendula

Beautiful Calendula

Last week, our herbalist team (Patti, Barb, T. and Sue) were desperate. Our herbal clinic was becoming the victim of its own success. We were running dangerously low on herbs. For the low income patients that had come to rely on these herbs to help them with wounds, blood pressure and anxiety, this was a critical situation. If they could not get access to donations channeled through Occupy Medical, they would simply go without. It was a serious situation so we put out a plea for help. (See the post below.)
Almost immediately, we received an answer to our clarion call. One local herbalist, Tree Knowlton, who has been connected to the clinic since it’s inception, opened her cupboards and generously brought us a shoebox filled with both bulk tinctures and bottles to repackage them in. The variety was as much of a blessing as the quantity of the herbs. Everything was beautifully labelled and organized. I would expect nothing less from Tree. She is a fabulous woman.
Later, another local herbalist answered the call. Sherri Brown, whose class I had the privilege of taking a few years ago, offered another box just brimming with tinctures. It was almost magical to see how many of the herbs that she donated were on our “dangerously low” list. These are herbs that she had taken such care to harvest and preserve. These were plants that she put love and care into and were sharing with us – no strings attached. It was a beautiful gift.
Just when we were getting comfortable with the idea that our clinic may survive after all, another local herbalist answered the call. Gerry Shapiro, the owner of Merry Hempsters, drove his truck into town loaded with boxes of herbal donations. Gerry had been a generous donor when Occupy first started, we were happy to have him back.
Our herbalist team was gathered at Sue’s house for a meeting. Our jaws dropped as Gerry started filling Sue’s driveway with box after box of fabulous herbal offerings. He shared jars of herbal oil that shone with vitality, bags of dry herbs just begging to be popped into liquid tincture goodness and a lion’s share of empty jars for processing.
These were all items coveted by herbalists everywhere and our hands shook with delight. As I examined each bag of dry herb, the faces of the patients that dearly needed this medicine passed through my mind. I could not wait to share these treasures with them. Gerry smiled at our questions. He gave processing advice and batted ideas around for other ways of using these herbs for the special needs of our unhoused patients. Before he drove away, he gave us all hugs and offered more donations whenever we needed it.
All of these gifts arrived within a few days of each other. Our herbalist team is overwhelmed with the generosity of our community. People keep asking us how we find the time and the energy to do what we do every week, rain or shine. Sometimes our project seems so big – too big. This week gave us more than resources, it gave us the courage to carry on.

A Call for Help

Herbal Medicine for the People

Herbal Medicine for the People

Eugene’s OCCUPY MEDICAL clinic continues to grow and expand. Last quarter we had an average of 25 patients and already our numbers have risen to 30-40 per clinic. We expect the trend to continue. One of our primary jobs is serving the medical needs of our community. We operate on a shoestring budget that is based 100% on community donations. Many of our donations come from total strangers who understand the need and want to be a viable part of the solution. A significant amount of our volunteers and donors are previous patients or friends and family of patients. Many now wish to complete the circle of reciprocity with the generous gift of their time and/or resources.
A unique feature of OCCUPY MEDICAL is that we are not just an emergency care clinic. We provide preventative and managed care with 48% of our patients returning for further assistance. All of our treatments are completely free, which provides an opportunity for our patients to make personal healthcare choices that are best for them, not just what they can afford at the time.
The nutritional and herbal department has increased in popularity as our patients learn the qualities of herbal medicine. Even patients who previously did not have the slightest interest in plant medicine are now requesting this care. The herbal remedies that we provide are high to medium dose botanicals. We offer several different forms (tinctures, vinegar based, and capsules) for internal consumption, in addition to our topical salves and infused oils. It is not uncommon for us to give away between 8 and 10 oz of tincture, 400 herbal capsules, multiple doses of essential oils, a wide array of nutritional supplements and several bottles of homeopathic medicine per clinic. We move through inventory quickly and need your help in sustaining this facet of OCCUPY MEDICAL, especially with our services expanding to Fridays in addition to our regular Sunday clinic. Our need will double in a few short weeks.
If you are an herbalist and are willing to donate your tinctures, we would be more than appreciative to share them with the community. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden with culinary and/or medicinal herbs that we may harvest to craft medicine from, please let us know. We need your help so that we may continue to offer alternative modalities of health and healing. We wish to make plant medicine accessible to those that we have the privilege of serving.
OCCUPY MEDICAL is changing the future of “traditional” medicine to welcome various alternatives in care. It is not an easy journey and we cannot achieve our goal alone. Please help us in any way you can. Our website lists the herbs that are in high demand, as well as the nutritional supplements that we regularly use. Please feel free to stop by one of our clinics and speak with Sue or “T”.

In solidarity,
T and Sue

Meeting notes – 4/3/13 and 4/10/13

OM meeting April 3, 7-9pm Campus Glenwood,
Attendees – T, Brooke, Cindy, Elliot, Nurse Karen, Jerry, Andrea, Donna R., Benjamin, Karen M., Leigh, Donna G.
2nd tent – We have not heard back from Costco yet about the free or reduced price tent. Elliot and Jerry will go down to Costco tomorrow to find out for certain. We need the tent no matter what. If we can not get a reduction in price, we consensed to buy the tent no matter what the price by Sunday. It will rain and our patients are overflowing the existing space.
We will be getting a cot via Donna as a temporary outdoor exam table.
The water issue is partially solved. We have a donation from McKenzie Mist (Thanks to Patti Leahy) for 3 free 3 gallon containers of water with a pump per week. We just need to bring back the containers to be refilled.
Hot water – Sue hopes that our hot water worries are worked out. She wants to set up more water heating stations so we don’t get caught without an adequate source of hot water next time.
Volunteer log – We have more stats coming. We need to log our volunteer hours for future grants.
Mental health – Karen has been invited to sit on a board for community mental health. They are addressing the inadequacy of the system and amend it. It is a agency wide collection board.
Eliott talked about a clandestine meeting with a judge and 2 county workers who have no place to send their mental health clients. Is that us?
We need to find out how to manage our growth. How much money will it take to serve the increased population? How many staff? Where do we put them? Elliot and Brooke will work on this topic. We consensed that Karen will be our ambassador for the Mental Health Summit.
Dalia Lama – Both Karen and Sue invited the Dalai Lama to tour the bus. Those of us with tickets will flyer the inside of the Dalai Lama speaking event.
Friday Clinic will start again in June after Karen’s knee has healed.
501c3 – OM Bylaws were officially adopted. We consensed that Brooke is our Secretary. She agreed. Her first order of business is to sign the adopted bylaws.
Jerry contacted Good Neighbor Sam to get a quote on road service.

Meeting notes - 4/10/13
Attendees - Donna R., Sue, Karen, T., Elliot, Ben, Becca, Jerry, Alison, Andrea, Mark, Brooke, Cindy
Agenda - 
Sean has gray scaled our brochures for print - 5,000 for free
School board report - 4J school board is considering eliminating the in-school health and mental health clinics. Sue made a request to the school board to reconsider this austerity measure.
Abusive Occupier - Sue would like to provide a safe place for women that have been victimized by the person. We can collect their stories and find a place bring them to light to protect the women that have been suffering alone.
Donations - herbs - T suggested we need to get donations from larger companies. The herbalists have a list of potential donors that they are splitting up to beg for funds.
Clinic flow - Karen noted that since we have 2 tents, we can divvy up the patients more effectively. We need 2 doctors at the beginning. We need 1 more Braun ear thermometer (White Bird) for triage and nurse station. Insect reports go to nurses first to determine whether the patient goes on the bus or not. 
Signs are needed for the tent - 
	No smoking
	1 free item per person
	1st come 1st serve but some patients may need to be pulled to the front of your line. Thank you for your understanding. 
	No photography without express consent of Occupy Medical. Permission forms are available at the intake desk
retreat - Saturday, April 27th is a proposal for retreat. Call Karen for directions. Potluck and bring your own liquids.
fundraising ideas - Garage sales, pints for a cause.
Check in about mental health - is it working? - We feel supported by mental health. 
Vaccine clinic update - Heather proposed May 5th for the Lane County Public Health Tdap vaccines like we did last time. Allison is handling this event.
Brooke notes - refills for pharmaceuticals, Google Voice Mail will have information about our refill system, Both refills from the VA and from the prison system can not be refilled. they must be treated as new patients.  
Volunteer time - We have an online form for logging volunteer time for grants. We will print out a version of the forms for hard copies to put in a folder. Hospitality can keep the hard copies and the name tags to distribute and remind people of their hour logging obligation.

McKenzie Mist to the Rescue

McKenzie Mist understands that water is medicine

McKenzie Mist understands that water is medicine

Water is an invaluable commodity at Occupy Medical. Although there is a drinking fountain at the park that we have our clinic, getting ready access for wound treatment is a constant struggle. Our clinic, like other medical facilities, needs a steady stream of clean, abundant water. We have dehydrated patients that require water for drinking. We need to clean instruments and soak patients feet and hands. We have to apply moistened pads to swollen tissue. The list is endless.

The local cafes have generously provided hot water for emergency wound care but this means sending a nurse across the park with a thermos to fill. In an emergency, time is of the essence. This is why one of our volunteers, Patti Leahy, approached our local Artesian water supplier for help. This company has been a trusted source of pure H2O in BPA free bottles for decades.

As usual, McKenzie Mist saw the need and filled it. They have donated 3 -3 gallon jugs of their finest water (plus a pump) to refilled by their company as often as we need it.

We at Occupy Medical thank you. You stepped in when we needed it most.


Volunteer log up

Hi Occupy Med folks: We now have a volunteer log! We’re doing this for grant purposes. I (Brooke) have created many different versions for people’s needs. There is a pdf version for printing, a word doc, open office doc, open office spreadsheet, and excel. If you go to the documents page you’ll see them at the bottom. Questions or problems? Ask Brooke! (I am here to serve [not just the patients]).

OM on TV

This March, a student from the University of Oregon Journalism School popped by to do a media project on us. Her video was accepted for broadcast by our local TV news station KVAL. The student is originally from France where they have enjoyed the benefits of universal healthcare for years. The amount of neglect that Americans suffer do to economic disparity fostered by our current healthcare system shocked her. It made the work that we do every week at Occupy Medical even more amazing to her. This was the inspiration for her story.