Occupy Medical in the News

This week, the Eugene Register-Guard published an article featuring OM’s temporary Cottage Grove Clinic. The grin on Sue’s face reflects the excitement we all feel at pioneering another clinic to help our neighbors just south of us. We are grateful to both the Register-Guard for helping us spread the news. http://www.registerguard.com/rg/news/local/30315793-75/medical-clinic-health-occupy-care.html.csp

Occupy Medical also enjoyed marching in the Eugene Celebration Parade Saturday, August 24, 2013. The Register-Guard covered this event as well. Look for the photo of our favorite cowgirl driving the famous white and red mobile clinic through downtown Eugene. http://www.registerguard.com/rg/news/local/30360181-75/eugene-parade-celebration-winner-street.html.csp#slideshow


Occupy Medical in Cottage Grove

We are showcasing our clinic with the good people in Cottage Grove on August 25! South Lane Mental Health is hosting this event with the hope that it will encourage practitioners in the area to assemble a similar service. We are putting this together as a full, working clinic and we will be seeing patients. All healthcare practitioners are invited to observe the process to get an idea of the viability of a free service in their area.

The Eugene Celebration is preventing us from practicing in our usual spot but look for us back in the Park Blocks on 8th and Oak the following Sunday. Thank you Lane County Mental Health for opening your space so that we can continue to offer healthcare for all!SLMH-OM Flyer Draft2

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.

Occupy Medical Crew at the Healthcare as a Human Right Rally

From left Rosalie, and Jessica (HCAO), unidentified healthcare advocate, and medical staff Andrea (in the driver's seat), Donna, Jerry and another unidentified healthcare advocate.

From left Rosalie, and Jessica (HCAO), unidentified ?, and medical staff Andrea (in the driver’s seat), Donna, Jerry and Brooke.

A healthcare advocate, Bob Fischer, sent us a photo of our crew posing with other activists in front of our beloved mobile clinic. Look at those smiles! Thanks for sharing Bob!

Minutes, Occupy Medical, 11/14/12

Apologies for not posting sooner! These are the minutes from our Wednesday night meeting 11/14/12. In attendance are Becca, Ben, Bill, Deb, James, Jerry, Karen, Leigh, Majeska, Sue, Susan, and I apologize if anyone else was there whose name I forgot to write down.

1. Grand Opening with clinic tours 2-5 at the park blocks (8th and Oak, Eugene), 11/17/12. Kiva is donating food. Invitations are distributed. We will doublecheck on parking.

2. Introducing Becca Perry, roving therapist. Her Orientation is via Sue.

3. Media: Trifold brochure is in process. Corrections were recommended. Leigh will distribute for approval via email and will share at meetings for those who don’t have email.
The Occupy Eugene newsletter does not have correct information about our clinic. Sue will contact Vickie to correct this.
We have received an offer of donated quarter-page and half-page flyers, which were reviewed and approved. We might place an ad in the Vagabond paper as well as the Eugene Weekly, for volunteers.

4. Title transfer: The title to the bus needs to be signed over to Occupy Medical from Jerry.

5. Parking: We are finalizing a secure parking space for the Bus, most likely at the SVDP Service Center on Hwy 99; Sue is meeting with Terry from SVDP on Monday afternoon about this.

6. Hygeine and Safety Protocols: Lina and Deb are finalizing written SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). Leigh will help write this. Currently, each Station is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing its work area before shift. We will do deep cleaning at scheduled intervals.

7. Powering the bus: Occupy Engineer Joe Tindall will diagnose the safety of our “shore power” with Jerry, Bill, and James. This team is investigating the best way to obtain quiet power for the bus. The City requires a very expensive rock-concert-level insurance (the type that insures a for-profit enterprise against mass casualties) in order for us to run an extension cord to the Park Blocks outlet. We can’t afford this.

8. Painting: We consensed on singage for the Bus exterior, to include our logo. Graham is overseeing the artwork and painting.

9. Nurses: Recruitment efforts were made by Bill at the SNA (Student Nurses Association) fundraiser. Prospective nurse volunteers will liaise with Karen, who leads the Nurses Station.

10. Tent: We continue to need the big tent for the Gorilla Salon, as well as dry waiting space for patients. The tent must be spread/hung to dry after use. Deb volunteered her garage space, and James has been using his garage space. We will continue to seek folks with garage space who can help us preserve our tent.

11. We discussed a recent news article (11/13/12) regarding an incident on 4/25/12 in which some of our patients were assaulted by police, after which one officer resigned (4/30/12). Medical injuries were sustained, but the Occupiers pled guilty. Video of the incident is to be released. We will continue following these events as they unfold.

12. No meeting on 11/21/12, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28th at 7 pm.

Posted by Leigh

We got the check!

After 7 months of hard work and anxious pacing, the Occupy Medical team finally got their final grant check to pay for our wonderful mobile clinic! It seems that our community is interested in supporting healthcare as a human right after all. People need to help people. It’s how just we operate.
I want to thank Oregon Community Foundation for providing not 1 but 2 grants for our cause.
I want to thank CALC for letting us pick their brains while we finalize our 501c3 status.
I want to thank Occupy Eugene for bringing my team of superheroes together in the first place.
I want to thank our community for offering donations and support and allowing us to serve them.
I especially want to thank my fabulous volunteers for giving up their time and resources to make this, our first giant step, happen.
My heart is full. I love you all.