Occupy Medical Meeting 6/12/13
Present: Andrea, Karen Adkins, Carla, Jason, Intake Donna, Becca
Posters: We need to get the posters up around town. Donna will check with T, and Sue to get them. Andrea suggested Sean from Occupy might be willing to distribute some of them. Suggested places were the library, Capellas, Sundance, Kiva, Friendly Market, Frontier Market, Red Barn, Voodoo donuts, 5th St. Donna will check with the WOW hall re: distribution also.
PSAs: We need to get some to KLCC, KRVM, Eugene Weekly. Donna will check with T.
Raffle tickets: Karen has raffle tickets for distribution. $130 worth of raffle tickets have already been sold. We need someone to set up a table and sell them at Saturday Market. Donna will contact Graham to get the gift certificate and display he has about the SeaRose Guest House.
There was some discussion about other raffle tickets or perhaps getting bottle of wine to sell or have as door prizes. Becca will check with her contact about wine donations, and check with Cosmic Pizza to make sure it would be o.k.
Bus Cleaning Saturday June 15th 10am-2pm SVDP on Chad Drive:
Becca has an all day workshop but she will make the food Friday night and Andrea will pick it up and bring it out. Karen sent out an e-mail about the clean-up asking for RSVPs so that Becca will have some idea about how much food to prepare.
At least one representative from each station needs to be there to have a voice in organizing the new CLEAN LEAN MACHINE/Occupy Medical Bus.
If people have non-toxic cleaning supplies, bring them. There was also some discussion about using Simple Green on some surfaces, and bleach on the foot soaking tubs. More discussion was made about pressure washing the bus, washing windows, etc. Andrea may buy some tubs for storage.
Martin is working on getting some Spanish translators for the Clinic. Carla got some Spanish forms from Lane County Mental Health. It was noted that most Spanish speakers bring someone to translate and the telephone translation did work.
Meeting Notes – 5/29/13
Attendees: Elliott, Bill, Andrea, Jason, Karen, Arline, Sue, Benjamin, Donna R., T., Jerry, Becca, Ambrose, Donna G, Ali, Debra, Cindy, Dr. Bruce, Carla
Dr Willy has a line on lower-cost labs: he says his pal who owns AnyLabNow will give us “doctor prices” for any labs we order. We need to verify that patients (or the clinic) will only be charged client fees if the order is written on an OM lab form. The Charnelton Clinic now only has 1 month waiting list and the lab fees are free.
From Dr. Leigh: Dr. Willy also had a patient who needs her old records obtained from California to evaluate a serious issue. I will make a Release of Records form on our letterhead, and practitioners can either write their own contact info (e.g. fax number) on them, or allow the records to be sent to the office and brought to the next clinic if non-urgent. This highlights the fact that WE NEED A DEDICATED MEDICAL RECORDS TEAM. If we are going to do labs and handle lab results, ditto imaging, as well as request and store old records, not to mention handling records for people’s disability claims thus we need a dedicated person/team.
We are providing urgent care, street care. We don’t have the facility or the volunteers for this service. We provide longitudinal urgent care. (Urgent care plus)
Bill proposed that we go through HIPAA training together.
cargo hold feedback and remodeling next step – the cargo hold was solid and easy to use. Remodeling – label and color code the boxes to make set and break down easier. Andrea proposed having a clean up day and bus remodel planning.
prescriptions – pads, current protocol feedback
grievance policy – we need the structure for handling and addressing grievances and incident reports. Emergency suspension from service. We agreed to temporarily suspend a volunteer that violates the basic rules. Patient endangerment, volunteer endangerment, HIPAA violations (if it causes harm), discrimination or clinic endangerment are grounds for immediate suspension by the team leader. The volunteers involved must write an incident report. The next meeting, the volunteer will have the opportunity to address the incident.
Notes approval – 4/15/13 notes approved, 4/22/13 to be approved next meeting
At Occupy Medical, we are spoiled by community support. There is a sizable collection of wonderful people that regularly pop by the clinic with donations of vitamins, aspirin, toothpaste or other small ticket items that our clinic can not operate without. They note our plea for donations on Facebook or on our website and tap their own resources to provide it.
We run a tight ship. Every donation goes to directly to a patient. We are careful to monitor the needs that our people can supply to maintain basic health supplies for preventative and manged care.
We are grateful for all of the donations that walk in the door but like I said, we are a bit spoiled. We are starting to get used to the idea that we can help our patients with local resources simply by asking for it. Once and a while, something stops us in our tracks that gives us perspective on the depth of the generosity that surrounds us.
Last week, I put out another plea on Facebook for a few small ticket items. One of our steadfast donors, Kitte Lishuss, stepped up to the plate again with a box of newly purchased supplies. I sent her a thank you via Facebook because our conversation was cut short when she dropped them off on Sunday.
Here is our subsequent conversation:
Kitte: Yay! I am glad to hear it! I just got a Costco card this week specifically to buy stuff to donate to Occupy Medical.
(At this point in the conversation, I paused. This woman really went out of her way to help our people. She, like many of our regular donors, has limited resources. This is a person who is dedicated to helping others in whatever way she can. I got a lump in my throat. The conversation continued.)
Sue: Wow. You just made me cry.
Kitte: Aaaw. We’re all in this together, sister!
Well said, Kitte, well said.
Do want to support our cause? You may send the check (made out to “Occupy Medical”) to our address: 3575 Donald Street, Suite 230, Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Occupy Medical is hoping your love of local music will help fill their coffers. At 6:00 on Sunday June 23 at Cozmic (199 W. 8th in Eugene, OR), enjoy a slice of handmade organic pizza and a cold microbrew while taking in the local musical talent of STEEL WOOL and Satori Bob! Proceeds allow OCCUPY MEDICAL to continue their work in providing free and inclusive health care for all.
A team of volunteers donate their time, skills and care to making sure anyone and everyone in Eugene has access to health care. From a patient’s perspective, it’s what single-payer health care looks like, and it’s free.
On Sundays from noon until 4 pm you can walk up to the former bloodmobile painted red and white and emblazoned “Occupy Medical Mobile Clinic,” that’s parked downtown at the Park Blocks and get anything from a Band-Aid to a prescription for heart medicine. You can also get food, a haircut and proof that someone cares.
Everything at the clinic is at no cost to the patients and everything is donated, from the work of a herbalist and two other medical doctors, to bandages and prescriptions.
This event is your chance to directly help people in need right here in Eugene while you’re having a great time.
Tim Mueller of Steel Wool, featured at the benefit, says, “I wrote a song called “Occupy” when this movement started. We all look forward to playing it for this group. It’s all adrenaline!” Tim is songwriter, lead vocalist and acoustic/electric guitar player for Steel Wool; long time area musician TR Kelley is on bass and vocals, Nel Applegate does mbira, percussion and vocals, and Randy Hamme is the drummer. This Eugene, Oregon band features three part harmonies, inventive bass lines, exceptional rhythm guitar, great drumming and percussion accents, sweet love songs, call-to-action songs, rockin’ songs and ‘hey let’s dance now songs’. They describe their music as “harmony driven – all original, funky world beat folk rock, upbeat and happily serious.” Their first CD, “All the Love in the World”, was released this spring.
Satori Bob has evolved over many years, centered on the work and vision of singer/guitarist/composer John Baumann. John’s songwriting, musicianship and presence has earned him loyal fans across the US. The interplay between longtime accompanist Devin Newman on banjo, noted bassist Jeff Langston, and the highly creative Russ Wilbanks on guitars, round out this fast-rising Eugene, Oregon based acoustic/electric ensemble.
The band conveys a vibrant energy in diverse settings, bringing audiences into the performance with compelling lyrics, uncanny improvisational interplay and strong arrangements. Their appeal has the ability to cross many boundaries with songs ranging from gentle acoustic pieces to hard-to-ignore social commentary.
Be sure to take advantage of our raffle while you are there. We have a hand stitched quilt and a free night at the Sea Rose guest house in Yachats available to those who want to buy a raffle ticket. If you lucky, you could win both prizes. Imagine snuggling under a soft, cotton quilt in front of the fire with a glass of wine in your hand as you watch the sunset over the sea from a cozy deck chair at the Sea Rose. Sounds like splendor!
A group of U of O journalism students picked our clinic to do a kick starter model video for. A writer for Upworthy stumbled onto it and was impressed enough to post it. Look for a kick starter campaign to raise money for lab fees in the future.
Good citizens that want to donate to our cause may send us checks via snail mail. I am still chipping away at the paperwork to make us an official 501c3. You may send the check (made out to “Occupy Medical”) to our address: 3575 Donald Street, Suite 230,Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Remember that we can only offer services that we have the volunteers and/or donations to share. We are ALL volunteers. If you want an Occupy Medical clinic in your city, let us know and we will help you replicate this service. Join us. It’s a lot of work but it’s fun.
Gerry has stepped up to the plate many times since then. He has brought us lip balms, lotions, containers and a hefty supply of raw materials to work with. His generosity is inspiring.
It is clear that he understands that Occupy Medical is more than a first aid tent. We are the pioneers in the healthcare revolution. Gerry has seen enough suffering and he wants to make a change.
Recently, Gerry stepped in with more donations from Merry Hempster: raw herbs and boxes and boxes of salves and lotions. Once again, my herb team stood in awe as we stared at the donations.
As volunteers, we get used to the idea of living on a shoestring. If we have the donation, we will give it, for free, to the patient. If we don’t have it, we scrounge around our supplies and make do or scratch our heads for places that our patients can get adequate substitutions.
This time we don’t have to scrounge or make do. We can just hand the patient with psoriasis the lotion he needs. We can just hand the woman with cracked lips that balm that she needs. We can reach into a box and pull out what we want, when we want it. We are getting spoiled.
Thank you, Merry Hempsters, for helping our people. Thank you, Gerry, for understanding that you are part of solution.
Meeting notes 5/22/13
Attendees – Donna G., Vickie, Donna R., Elliott, Jerry, Andrea, Cindy, Dr. Willy, T., Karen, Arline, Sue
data – Vickie passed out a sheet for record keeping. This was a sample sheet for data collection that we can use for grant writing. Suggestions were made for adding and subtracting to make this from user friendly.
Heber – June 30 Tamale making and selling at Church of theResurrection. His wounds are getting worse. He has run out of supplies. Sue and Karen and Donna will bring by supplies.
BP cuffs are still missing – Elliott said that he put all the supplies in one clear tote in the area under the triage counter. We have 2 new cuffs that we had approved funding for coming this Sunday. We will do a more thorough search this Sunday before clinic. We consensed to buying the adult and pediatric cuffs.
Cahooots – If there is a suicide threat, we must take this seriously and call CAHOOTS. Mental health won’t talk to them until they sober up though.
Fundraiser – Donna volunteered to help T with the fundraiser.
grant – Donna R and T are working with WhiteBird Dental clinic. Sue, Donna and T met with Kim from WBD to set up the requirements for dental access to their clinic for free patient care.
Andrea – will be leaving the 19th of June
Insurance – We still don’t have break down insurance for the bus. Neither Good Neighbor Sam or AAA will cover.
We will continue to have only 2 people as the webmasters manage the site. Leigh and Sue are the current webmasters.
Storage – Polk site is possible site for storage. Security is a concern.
Treatment – We have limited space in treatment. Triage agreed to get the BP before going to herbal treatment.
volunteer concern – Discussion of how to deal with unacceptable or dangerous behaviors by volunteers. Proper policy guidelines. When and how to report a grievance. forms/instructions . Statistics and incident report forms taken off of website. Discussion of sexual harassment policy and procedures. Inappropriate postings to the OM website. Decisions re: new protocols, by-laws were read for clarification, prior mediation through SUGAR re: volunteer concerns, some discourse regarding decisions made at last week’s meeting, clarification re HIPAA discrimination pt endangerment volunteer endangerment clinic endangerment, unlawful activity, operating out of scope of practice,
policy changes, rules re: suspension of volunteers, proposed changes in
New proposal for by-laws, what is an “urgent/emergent” problem, protocol for removing a volunteer, possibility for team leaders to have a meeting once a month.
All Voting for new policy put on hold, 1) proposal once a month for policy, 2) proposals for changes to by-laws 3) how to bring closure for current volunteer problem
stress of ground rules getting solidly set, discussion of how to find an appropriate mediator
work on the wording, is listserve appropriate for this discussion
can we agree that suspending volunteer wasn’t following by-laws, clarification of what is an emergency suspension. (The last agenda item was revisited by the OM. See notes for 4/27/13 for updated information on this topic)
Next meeting:approving or amending by-laws, respectful communication via listserve
On May 12 2013, we had a special Mother’s Day guest. One of our nurses, Barbara, asked if her daughter, a licensed acupuncturist, could offer her services at the clinic for the day. Knowing how many patients are crippled by pain that a professional with this skill set could alleviate, we said YES! The post below is a description of her experience at Occupy Medical. For more on Erin or to read more of her insightful blog posts, go to Radiant Heart Acupuncture.
Remembering How To Be Human*
by Erin Telford, L.Ac
I had a glorious, profound experience this past weekend. I flew to Oregon to surprise my amazing mama for Mother’s Day. Since my visit was unexpected, she was already on schedule to volunteer at Occupy Medical in the center of downtown Eugene. We decided that I would come with her and volunteer my acupuncture services.
This is a fantastic setup to provide free medical care and a myriad of services to the under-served population in Eugene. They have doctors, nurses, fresh food, an herbalist, and even a person to cut your hair! It was a gorgeous warm day and I had a nice little line-up of people to treat.
I have never worked with under-served populations. Under-served by my definition are people who don’t get enough. They don’t get enough food, they don’t get enough medical treatment, they don’t get enough comfort, warmth, nurturing, empathy or love.
My second patient of the day was a prostitute who was afraid to be homeless on the street because of her background. She told me a lot of stories, most of which left me slightly stunned and sad. I usually feel like I have some things to say when I’m working with patients. Some pretty reasonable, helpful, relatable things to say.
I like to have a golden nugget here and there that someone can take away and feel uplifted by. It might be ego-y but I feel good making other people feel good. So when this fellow human says to me, I sell myself for money when I’m depressed, I’m stumped.
I felt kind of like a jerk. I don’t have a pretty bow to put on this one. I can’t say, “Yeah, we’ve all been there” and have a laugh because we haven’t. I had nothing. Nothing. I started and stopped. Silence. Awkward? A teeny bit. But then we just looked at each other.
Okay, I thought. Let’s just be here. Because THIS is what is happening right now. This is her reality. I didn’t need to make it better or make it different. My reality and her reality were crossing over and we were just being humans together. So we just sat for a minute or two looking into each other’s eyes. I’m saying I hear you, I understand you, that sucks and I love you in my mind. I hope she felt that. I think she did.
I treated a young woman who was kicking a speed addiction and was grieving losing her children on Mother’s Day. I treated a woman with a painful bunion who was craving more connection with her family of origin. I treated a very sweet man who wanted to propose to me with a ring made of a pine cone and string. All were in heavy transition with very loose foundations, all were very anxious, all really, really needed to tell their stories.
The Dalai Lama had just been in Eugene the day before and everyone was quoting him. It was a bit surreal. The major theme of his talk seemed to be around compassion, nurturing and the responsibility and power of the feminine. We were putting these teachings into direct action on this day.
My mother is a registered nurse so she was camped out on the bus checking vital signs and taking care of wounds. I’m in my own little section of an outdoor tent with just a few battered folding chairs and a metal table that we pulled off her deck and covered with a pretty cloth to use for a workspace. There was no glamor. No flannel sheets, no table warmer, no aromatherapy, no music.
It was still perfect and functional. When you strip away all the bells and whistles, there is just the work. You just give everything you have to give. Nothing else is necessary.
Mother Theresa said that the problem of the world was that we have forgotten that we belong to each other. We are humans. We are all doing this together. It makes no difference if I live in a 2 million dollar apartment on Park Avenue or I sleep on cement steps with my dog to protect me.
We will all take hits in this life. You will never know by looking at someone what kind of trauma they have had to endure. It does not matter. We all deserve to give and receive each other’s kindness and utter humanity.
It’s easy to see other humans as annoying, frustrating obstacles. They are in your way. They aren’t giving you what you want. They are frustrating, shady, slow, entitled, etc.
It’s a choice to remember that we are all made of the same stuff. We all need warmth and touch and sweetness. Be in it together-even with “strangers.”
Connect and serve.
*Used by permission by the author
Attendees – T, Sue, Karen A., Benjamin, Andrea, Jerry, Ali, Ashley, Jason,
Donna G., Dr. Bruce, Debra, Dr. Leigh, Donna R., Arline Agenda -
Prescription pads have finally arrived and been paid for Salem – The
lobbying went well this Monday. Our people spoke well for the cause. Only 4
people spoke against the bill.
Donations Mt. Rose donated more herbs and capsules. Merry Hempsters donated
Coburg clinic – This opportunity would allow us to use the spot for storage.
Some of the space can be used as a clinic which though it is out of the way,
would be a boon for use.
Springfield Clinic – Sue and Karen will speak with Sprouts to get permission
to run the clinic at the Farmer’s Market there.
Hemp Fest – July 21st the Park Blocks are not
available for clinic. We will need to bring more chairs since there are no
benches. It is at Maurie Jacobs Park. Polk and Fir Lane across the river
from Valley River Center. Porta Potty may be a problem. We consensed that we
use this venue as an alternative to the Park Blocks location for this
Fundraiser – Steel Wool and Satory Bob will provide musical entertainment.
We need to put the flyers together.
Grant – Donna and T will put together the rest of the grant.
Labs – We have lab slips which are available on the clipboard in the slot
with the drug list for ordering labs. We need matching grants for this work.
Any Labs Now and Legacy Labs could offer us matching grants. They have been
slow to respond.
Notes – Donna G. offered to take notes and Karen offered to post them.
Trillium meeting – Cindy Hardin arranged a meeting with Jerry and Donna G to
discuss OM’s mission. They listened to the presentation and was keen about
asking questions. We need more BP cuffs. We should have a list of big ticket
items that we can request.
Wish list – Another Braun ear thermometer. New good bp cuffs New volunteers
were brought into the next room to get volunteer orientation information
Established volunteers stayed in the upstairs room to discuss volunteer
Clinic protection – Incidence reports are needed for situations in which a
volunteer may have behaviors that endanger the clinic or other clinic
We agreed to suspend a volunteer that violates the basic rules as an
emergency measure. The group agreed that serious violation relating to
patient endangerment, volunteer endangerment, HIPAA violations, violations
of our nondiscrimination policy or clinic endangerment are grounds for
immediate suspension by the team leader. The volunteers involved are advised
to write an incident report on the concerns leading to any emergency action.
The next meeting, the volunteer will have the opportunity to address the
(The last agenda item was revisited by the OM. See notes for 4/22/13 for updated information on this topic)