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Every week Occupy Medical gives away donations of medicine, medical supplies, supplements and hygiene supplies to those in need. Our policy on healthcare is strict: Healthcare is for all. Our ability to heal should not depend on what lines your wallet.
This means that some of our volunteers are busy chasing donations to support the Sunday clinic throughout the rest of the week. The supplies that we need come from a variety of sources. Personal donations are most common. One woman drove up and opened her trunk revealing boxes of brand new wound treatment supplies. Her mother had passed a few weeks earlier. Her family did not need the medical equipment and she knew her mother would approve of sharing these with the clinic.
Other donations come from groups dedicated to charity. Interfaith Occupy and churches such as First United Methodist and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection have helped our people on a regular basis. They bring food, supplies and support that truly comes the heart.
Our allies support us in ways that make our lives much easier. Cahoots popped by unexpectedly with big boxes of wound care. White Bird Clinic has offer numerous supplies through the past year and 1/2. They generously got us started with basic supplies back in the early days of Occupy. Our local hospitals have donated medical equipment that has tremendously expanded the level of care we can offer our patients.
Now businesses are starting to step up as well. Mountain Rose has always been a generous supporter of our clinic but other small, local businesses are sharing with OM this year. One of the owners of Sol Botanicals taught a free workshop via our community education series. McKenzie Mist supplies us with spring water.
As of today, a new business has joined the pursuit of universal healthcare by sharing a grocery bag of vitamins and herbal supplements. To them, it was helpful to lighten the shelves to make room for new product. To us, it meant saving our people from malnutrition. Thank you, Evergreen Nutrition. Welcome to Occupy Medical.

Benjamin Shares His Day at OM Clinic

I was giving a haircut today to a young man from Oklahoma. He told me that he had never seen anything like our clinic in all the cities he has visited. He wished more cities would offer the nonjudgmental care that we at Occupy Medical provide. He commented that he felt that all the volunteers truly cared about him and for all the other homeless folks.

Volunteers work Together to Set Up the Medical Tents Every Sunday Morning

Volunteers work Together to Set Up the Medical Tents Every Sunday Morning

We volunteers at Occupy Medical seldom have the time during clinic to stop and take in what is truly happening. I personally gave 11 haircuts in four hours today…And that doesn’t count detangling Leather Jacket Dude’s long curly locks. So what I’m trying to say is, I seldom have the time to notice the magic that is happening around me….I feel it but do not always witness it.

Today I witnessed a part of what truly makes me proud to be with this company. Jason came into our intake tent and said that the man with him needed immediate help. He sat him down in Donna’s intake chair and Donna immediately began her process. Jason said to the man, “Are you thirsty,” but did not wait for a reply and ran to get him water. Then Nurse Donna appeared and surveyed the situation. She asked him if he had eaten today and then ran, I mean literally ran to the hospitality tent to get him a sandwich. Within no time the man was fast tracked into the bus. I quietly said to the young man in the chair. What you just witnessed is what makes this team so very special. No one is paid or forced to be here, pure love is the glue that holds this place together.

This is only one incident. I do not always see what happens outside the tent or witness the quality, loving care that is given on the bus. But at the end of the day I see The faces, very tired faces, but faces that glow from knowing that we have truly made a difference today. As my friend and fellow volunteer Carla mentioned after I told her what I witnessed, “This is what villages and small towns used to do, they took care of one Another…We are recreating Community.”

Begging for Vitamins

Food not Bombs Provides Free, Healthy, Vegetarian Food Every Sunday.

Food not Bombs Provides Free, Healthy, Vegetarian Food Every Sunday.

We have patients from a wide diversity of backgrounds and lifestyles. Some have insurance and homes, some don’t even have shoes. One of the things that ties our patients together is malnutrition. This lack of healthy food both causes and perpetuates the medical conditions we treat.
Occupy Medical is always looking for way to deal with this problem. We have hosted church groups that shared a tray of peanut butter sandwiches and fresh fruit. We have allied with Food not Bombs to share healthy food with the community. We give away vitamins in little baggies to patients that need that extra boost. We have given out granola bars to patients who have so little protein in their blood that even simple wounds can not heal.
We need multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and single vitamins.

We need multivitamins, prenatal vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and single vitamins.

These gifts may not seem like much to the average person. To our people, it is a gift of life. We are always in need. If you have a connection that provide a sizable source of help to us with this problem, please contact us. If you would like to volunteer to help us find donations, please contact us.
Even if you have a couple of bags of baby carrots or a bottle of zinc capsules, please drop them by the clinic during our Sunday hours – 12-4pm. We are always at the Eugene Park Blocks on 8th and Oak doing what we can to save lives.

Meeting Notes 5/1/13

Agenda 5/1/13
Attendees – Donna, Elliott, Brooke, T., Arline, Jerry, Andrea, Ali, Jason, Cindy, Leigh, Sue
growth plan – Elliott and Brooke gave a thorough presentation of our clinics growth. They passed out handouts and posted more notes on the wall to make it easier to see. Our patient load has quadrupled in the last 6 months. According to the growth rate which Elliott and Brooke tracked, our projected growth is between 25-40%. This means that by October we will be seeing between 155-300 patients per clinic. We are currently utilizing between 21-24 volunteers per shift. See the information in our Documents section of the website for more information on this presentation. Perhaps we need to break up our patients into acute and chronic care. 3 hour shifts for doctors to plan for overlap. Scarce resources are doctors and real estate.
mission statement – 501c3 paperwork has mission statement. Sue will send it to the email group. Siletz Tribe grant has money available. They will accept applications for under $15,000. To do lab tests, we need a CLIA waiver. This is a federal certification.
list serve – Volunteers that are vetted are on the list serve.
Sue’s job description – We need to agree to basic communication skills. Presentations in the community. Managing. 1st contacts. Taking to the press. If others can think of things they would like to add to her job description, please send her an email. Sue does not want to over or under step any boundaries. Clarity helps her do her job better.
U of O Students for Global Health – We have 2 students from this organization. We can draft volunteers from this group.
Fundraising – Steel Wool fundraiser is arranged for Cozmic Pizza. The Sugar Beets fundraiser is on the back burner for next year.
Coburg clinic – $1/month for rental of the space
Bus remodel – Dave will do an estimate of the remodel
Bus cleaning – We need to clean the bus. It is yucky.
Flow managing with treatment and docs will be discussed at a later date.
New intake form – Dr. Leigh brought in the new intake form. Some of the information has been eliminated on the form. Some information has been added.
Covering hospitality – Terra and Martin?
Trillium presentation – Sue 8:30am- Wednesday, May 12th
Larissa from Triage is applying for med school. Those that work with her could write a reference. This is one way to say thank you for all her hard work.