Occupy Medical attends the Tax Justice Rally


— Letter from Tax Justice’s Susan Barnhart


Dear IRS,

I love paying taxes for life affirming things and would be happy to pay even more to ensure free good public education from early intervention through college, free good health care, and a social system that ensured everyone had a home and enough to eat. I would also love paying taxes toward cleaning up our environment, finding solutions to climate change and improving our beautiful national forests and parks.  What I don’t like is how much of our tax dollars go to war and the support of wars and the killing of civilians including innocent children. I don’t want my money to support a system that increases the number of people across the world that hate US citizens.


Over 50% of our taxes support war, the military industrial complex and the interest on our debt from past wars.  The proposed budget will lower the funding of human services and the environment and increase the military budget. I want our country’s priorities to change. I want to help make the USA kind.


I am not willingly paying the taxes I owe since I can’t condone killing people by paying for war. Instead I will redirect the resisted tax dollars to the following local causes; our public radio station, KLCC, Sponsors, an organization providing reentry services for prisoners returning to Lane County, Occupy Medical, Planned Parenthood, Skipping Stones, an internationally known magazine for children promoting peace, social justice and protecting the environment, 350.org, working tirelessly for our future and Community Alliance of Lane County and Latin America Solidarity Committee, both working hard for peace and social justice.


In Peace,

Susan Barnhart

c.c. President trump

Representative Peter DeFazio
Senator Jeff Merkely
Senator Ron Wyden
Planned Parenthood
Occupy Medical
Skipping Stones
Community Alliance of Lane County
Latin America Solidarity Network

BLS for Healthcare Professionals

Thank you, Brian!

This Saturday, July 19, 2019, certified BLS trainer Brian Seymour volunteered his time and energy to offer a class to Occupy Medical volunteers so we could update our Basic Life Saving for Heathcare Professionals cards. He only charged enough to cover the cost of the card that the American Heart Association requires. This turned into a significant savings for our brave volunteers.

This 4 hour class was taught at our site at 1717 Centennial Blvd. which was only possible due to our occupation in a building. So many other opportunities are now available to us with this building. We are forever grateful. The cost of rent is making a significant dent in our monetary resources. If you want to help us do more for our community, consider donating to Occupy Medical to support both volunteer training and rent.

Brian Seymour AKA Our Noble Leader
I named him Abner
Monica masters the mask seal.

Hospitality Gets a Face Lift

Sink Aaron

Thanks to a grant from the good people at the Oregon Food Bank, Occupy Medical has a new and improved Hospitality Suite! We had a brand new 3 basin sink, floor mat, food cart, sprayer faucet and prep table installed in December of 2018. Big thanks to Donna Riddle, Jon Sawyer, Aaron Chester, Dr. Willy Foster and Tristan Towers for the hard work of installing and assembling our new supplies!

Out with the Old and In with the New!

Donna and Jon Take Out the Old Sink

Tristan shows off the new faucet brace.

2018 – 2019 Occupy Medical Board Members

Current Occupy Medical Board members

Interim President/Vice President – Donna Grant RN – Donna is a Registered Nurse who joined us in 2012. As an Occupy Medical pioneer, she has trained many nurses and nursing students to work with the vulnerable population we serve. She developed our wound care team and stepped in as our Vice President in 2014. She is currently serving as interim Board President.

Secretary – Debra Harrow (Sue Sierralupe assisting) – Debra Harrow has 35 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in mental health practice, including case management, and has been a member of the Support Service Team of Occupy Medical since 2012. She has served on the OM Board from 2016 to the present. Debra’s previous board experience includes 5 years with the board of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and the Green Sangha board from 2010-2012.

Treasurer – David Williams – David Williams has been our trusty Treasurer since 2015. His use of his financial education at LCC proves that local resources help build local needs. He works with OM volunteers to write grants, file tax paperwork, and answer other financial questions.

At Large Board of Directors members-

Terra Williams – Terra joined Occupy Medical in 2013 and quickly made herself indispensable. Terra has labored long hours as a community activist, IT specialist, volunteer coordinator, intake specialist and hospitality volunteer. Terra serves as and Egan Warming Center volunteer, the Secretary for Board of Directors at Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective and Volunteer Coordinator, and as a member of Board of Directors at Occupy Medical since 2015.

Sue Sierralupe – Sue is one of Occupy Medical’s co-founders, our clinic manager and the treatment team lead. She has served as the Secretary of the Board to Lane County Master Gardener’s Association and served on Occupy Medical’s Board of Directors since 2012 in a variety of roles. She is currently stepping in to assist our Board Secretary Debra Harrow as an interim co-Secretary. Sue’s primary motivation to serve on the Occupy Medical BoD is to promote public health, education and the healthcare for all model.

Donna Riddle – Donna has been  a volunteer with Occupy Medical since October 2011. She is retired but is just as busy as ever volunteering her time as the Intake Team Lead. She has 55 years experience working as a resource developer in community services. She established a community dental clinic and day center for homeless families. She previously served on boards of Head Start and White Bird.Clinic.

Jennifer McCall  – Jen has been a steadfast volunteer since 2012. She currently serves as a OM board member and the long time Hospitality Lead. Jen has 20 years in the Medical field as a X Ray Technologist. She also volunteers with Relay for Life. Past President- Cottage Grove Garden Club. She is a proud supporter of Bohemia Days Festival which is Cottage Grove’s annual history festival. Her hobbies include photography, quilting, and crafting.

Dr. Willy Foster – Dr. William (Willy) Foster is a critical care specialist in Florence, Oregon. He received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  He is the Emergency Department Director at Peacehealth Hospital in Florence, Oregon. Dr. Willy is a consummate volunteer. He works with Volunteers in Medicine,  Doctors without Borders and Rural Oregon Accessible Medicine. He has been volunteering with Occupy Medical since 2014 and works with Dr. Bruce Harrow as our Medical Director. He joined our Board of Directors in 2018.

Pam Garrison RN – When Pam retired from psychiatric nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital, Occupy Medical managed to attract the time and skill base of this experienced activist and nurse. Pam has spearheaded many social justice causes including 350 Eugene and the International Women’s Day March. She joined the Occupy Medical Board of Directors in 2018.

Connor Salisbury – Connor started volunteering with Occupy Medical as a Peacekeeper in 2012. His calm demeanor and finely honed de-escalation skills made him a perfect fit for the job. Connor has also worked as a project manager, a software developer and a game developer which makes him a perfect fit for Occupy Medical’s IT team as well. He joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Jesse Etter – Jesse was the first to offer his name as a candidate when the Board of Directors decided to bring students onto Board. He has been volunteering with Occupy Medical since 2017 as he balanced his time with his Journalism studies. He has spent many hours in Hospitality and working as a Volunteer Coordinator Assistant.

Brian Chastain – Brian was elected as an at-large board member in 2018. He has been a volunteer with Occupy Medical since July 2017. He is a senior, pre-medical student at the University of Oregon studying General Science  and is currently triage team lead . His career goals are attending OHSU, practicing emergency medicine, and returning as a physician to Occupy Medical after completing his education.

Wesley Force – Wesley was elected as an at-large board member in 2018 and has been volunteering with Occupy Medical for 2 years. Earlier in 2018, he took on the role of triage team co-leader along with Brian Chastain. He is a University if Oregon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in human physiology with an ultimate goal of attending medical school. His interests in medicine are varied, but center around public health and health policy.

Dr. Bruce Harrow -Dr. Bruce is a physician that specializes in geriatric care. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is the co­-medical director for the Hospice Program and director of the new Palliative Care Program.  Dr. Harrow is board certified in Hospice & Palliative Care, Geriatric Medicine, and Family Medicine. He joined our team in 2012 within weeks of moving to Oregon from Florida. He works with Dr. Willy as our Medical Director. Dr. Bruce joined our Board of Directors in 2019.

Socks are Good Medicine!

Occupy Medical Bombas Socks

Big thanks to Bombas for their generous donation of 1000 pairs of socks. It has been wonderful to have the chance to practice preventive care for those in need. The socks help us prevent trench foot, frostbite and blisters. The unhoused are on their feet all day. Without good foot care, their suffering is literally crippling.  Occupy Medical will continue to give out socks throughout the year. Below are photos from our first sock donation run. Remember to thank good people at Bombas for their donation! https://bombas.com/

The incomparable Donna Riddle passes out Bombas Socks to those in need.

Hwy 99 Camp offers safe tent camping for over 100 people.

Christmas includes warm feet thanks to a Bombas Sock Donation

Hundreds of people gather much needed resources at the Lindholm Center. Sue and Donna were able to share Bombas socks to those in need.

Occupy Medical put extra socks in the warming yurt at Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a groundbreaking program that offers transitional tiny house options.

Occupy Medical Board Meeting Minutes

Occupy Medical Board Meeting


1717 Centennial Blvd. suite 7



President/Vice President – Donna Grant

Secretary – Debra Harrow (Sue Sierralupe temporarily assisting)

Treasurer – David Williams

At Large – Terra Williams, Sue Sierralupe, Jen McCall, Dr. Willy Foster, Pam Garrison, Brian Chastain, Connor Salisbury, Jesse Etter, Donna Riddle

Not in attendance: Connor Salisbury, Jesse Etter, Donna Riddle, David Williams

Visitors: Dr. Bruce Harrow, Wesley Force, Ernest Lessenger

Donna Grant – facilitator

Sue Sierralupe – note taker


Agenda for the Board:

Board Meeting notes – Sue moved that we approve last board meeting minutes. Donna seconded. All approved. No objections.


Financial Report – $56,881.21 ending balance. So far, we have been taking in about as many donations as we are spending. Sue passed around our bank statements for the the last 3 months. Dr. Willy and Sue discussed her concern about extra fundraising to cover unforeseen expenses. Debra pointed out that fundraising is an excellent focus for an Advisory Council to undertake.


Signature – Donna proposes that we place on the amount of $2,050 limit on checks. Any amount written over that amount would need 2 signatures. Dr. Willy seconded. All approved. No objections.


Grant writer – Jen proposes that we hire a grant writer as private contractor to pay for items we will need. Donna seconded. All approved. No objections.


Strengthens and weaknesses of building – Wesley was unhappy with how few patients due the change in location. Wesley suggested that we start by asking St. Vincent de Paul to offer one of their sprinter vans to move people from the 99 camp to our clinic and back. This could be an expanded to other areas.

Jen brought up the fact that we have only 1 door in suite 4. People cluster in areas around the bathroom and supply table. If there is an argument, it could become an larger problem. Appointments could help with that. Ernest was concerned about the bottleneck and agreed with Jen that we should reinforce the rule of no loitering so that all visitors get a chance to have access to supplies.

Debra noted that having 2 buildings with only one peacekeeper is a possible issue. We need more peacekeepers. So far we are relying on Connor and Charles. They are both highly effective but having an extra couple of peacekeepers will give them more wiggle room in their schedules so we don’t burn them out or, as the weather gets colder, freeze them.

Sue likes having the pouring room on site as treatment has better access to our supplies. Having a full stock means better access to formulas and when we run of an item, it is because we are completely out, not just out of the item at our site.


Goals and future plans – Driving income for fundraisers and grants. The dental van grant was approved. Ernest suggested we put the dental van in the West parking lot. We could arrange appointments.


Bus issue – Jen proposed that we get rid of the bus and replace it with a sprinter van. Debra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Number of patients – An average of 20-30 patients max. Jeanne is a new volunteer who is a medically certified Spanish interrupter. She wants to add a Spanish page to website. Let’s order new cards in both Spanish and English. We should have an Open House at 5pm on a weekday.


Donations – We keep track of food donations and monetary donations. The food donations are tracked on FFLC forms. The monetary donations are tracked  via bank deposit slips and a log that is kept in intake.


EHR – We already had a chance to review the Athena EHR contract. Ernest did the research for this by reviewing a range of options. The open source EMRs are free but you have to pay for hosting and maintenance. It isn’t integrated. Athena is our best option for integrated. SMS and email notifications. Integrations with labs and dot notes. Fully web enabled. Designed to work on a tablet with a keyboard. You can supplement with a text field or drop downs. They own Epocrates which is a drug interaction site. This is available for free for non profits that do not bill. The servers are Athenas. The data remains in the patient’s ownership.

The downside is that they push the health network. This why they have the charitable offer for us. Administrative overhead is going to require that we have policies in place for inter-clinic communication such as with White Bird, etc… It is up to us to follow US law. This is geared for clinics that are staffing less than 15 providers.

Wesley asked if we could get a grant for the hardware. Ernest thinks that if we were asking for used tablets, we could fairly easily get a grant for this. Ernest showed us a 5 minute demo.

Sue proposes that we assign a subgroup within the board that is empowered to make the decision on which whether we approve the Athena EHR.

Ernest will add the PowerPoint EHR.


Appointments – If we make appointments, we would need more providers. Brian suggested that we start by adding appointments with the wound care team. Sue suggested that intake and wound care get together to facilitate that pilot project. Pam agreed to bring this to her wound care team. She expressed concern about having enough nurses skilled in foot care and diabetic ulcer as that is the majority of our wounds.


Advisory Council – We need an Advisory Council and they need to be invited by letter. Fundraising, program development, legal issues, conflict resolution, Financial management, liaison for city council, medical advisor, university liaison … to name a few. The Advisory Council would convene twice a year.

Occupy Medical Clinic Closed for Training

Sunday, September 16th is the official annual training/retreat weekend for Occupy Medical volunteers. We have had a lot of changes this year as we moved into the new building and need to revision ourselves as an organization. We will be closed that weekend but will reopen the following Sunday from noon to 4pm as usual at our new location – 1717 Centennial Blvd. suites 4 and 7 in Springfield, Oregon.

Occupy Medical Board Meeting 4/27/18

Occupy Medical Board Meeting


Lane County Medical Society

990 W. 7th Ave. Eugene, Oregon



President/Vice President – Donna Grant

Secretary – Debra Harrow (attended via Skype)

Treasurer – David Williams

At Large – Terra Williams, Sue Sierralupe, Donna Riddle, Jen McCall, David Knowlton (not in attendance)

Also in attendance: David Erickson, Dr. Willy Foster, Pam Garrison, Connor Salisbury, Jesse Etter, Brian Chastain

Dr. Willy Foster – facilitator

Sue Sierralupe – note taker


Topics for the Board:

Board Meeting notes – Sue moved that we approve last board meeting minutes. Donna seconded. All approved. No objections.


David Knowlton’s resignation – Donna G. moved to approve David Knowlton’s resignation from the board. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.


Elections – Connor Salisbury, Pam Garrison, Dr. Willy Foster submitted interest as board membership as at-large board members.

Donna G. moved to approve Connor Salisbury’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.

Donna G. moved to approve Pam Garrison’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.

Donna G. moved to approve Dr. Willy Foster’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.


Advisory Council – Sue suggested that we have an advisory board as a board of reference. She would like to see a lawyer, a medical expert and an accountant on this board. David Erikson is interested in serving on this council. The council should be member approved.  Dr. Willy moved that we start an advisory council. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Student board reps – The idea of the student board representatives was the fact that we have so many student volunteers, we need them to be represented. Dr. Willy moved that we open the board to a minimum of 2 student representatives to serve a minimum of 1 year and that these positions will include broad spectrum Occupy Medical organizational training among others. The student representatives primary responsibility on the board is learning the rules of board membership and the broad spectrum management of Occupy Medical. Donna G seconded. All approved. No objections.


Student board representative candidates – Jesse Etter and Brian Chastain submitted interest as student representative to the board.

Donna R. moved to approve Jesse Etter’s election to the board as a student board member. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.Terra seconded.

Donna R. moved to approve Brian Chastain’s election to the board as a student board member. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Location options – Sue is in dialogue with Kris McCalister of Compassion Center to use the back of his clinic in Springfield that he is buying. Donna suggests both the county owned Butterfly lot and parking lot of the old EWEB building as options. All agree that the dirt, lack of water and lack of electricity at Washington Jefferson Park is an issue that is difficult to overcome for our placement. Sue has also spoken with Roxann at St. Vincent de Paul Lindholm Station about sharing space there. We need to wait until the parking lot is finished. Jen saw the SVDP space as an asset as we have so many visitors that are from that area. Bus access is good at all areas. Any transition will need a 1 month grace period to inform the public and our permit and bathroom rental supervisors.


Financials – Our Treasurer, David Williams, reported that we were doing much better this year than last year. Food for Lane County donations have reduced our spending considerably and financial donations have increased. Our 990 is finished after a short delay. David would like to attend trainings on how to be a more effective treasurer. Donna G had copies of our bank account transactions for 2017. She had reviewed separately from David W and found no irreularities. She confirmed David W’s report. Other board members looked through the bank statements for confirmation. An Advisory Council meeting with an accountant would be a boon to us all. Both Sue and Dr. Willy know retired accountants that may be interested in assisting as Advisory Board applicants.


2017 review – Sue passed out her 2017 Year in Review Report. See attachment. Printed copies are available for perusa. Sue will put an electronic version on the website.


Future plans – Debra proposed that we use our upcoming retreat to brain storm on future plans. We have had great success in past retreats at future plan making as we had much more time for brain storming and discussing. See discussion below for information on the retreat below.


Narcan – Pam pointed out that Elliott Gray, who taught the last Triage training in April 2018, included Nracan training. Pam would like to get Narcan donated and as many staff trained in its use as possible. It can be stored on the bus in the prescriber area. Pam moved that we obtain a donation of Narcan and offer training for staff to use it. Donna R seconded. All approved. No objections.


Retreat – We missed our retreat last year due to the move from 509. We need to begin scouting locations for a retreat this year. More HIPAA training can be covered there.


Descalation training – Connor noted that we need more peacekeepers and thus more de escalation training. All volunteers needs deescalation training. One could argue that all citizens need deescaltion training.


Trello – Connor has set up project management program which serves a a virtual cork board for volunteers to post and view projects that OM should or could attend to. This will serve to encourage more involvement from the rest of the volunteers and take pressure off those that tend to put in the lion’s share of hours. Slack is an instant message system that can be installed on phones making it easier to communicate to all volunteers at clinic rather than messaging individually or physically finding them for in-clinic messages. Connor moved that we adopt the Trello and Slack communication systems at Occupy Medical. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Quarterly Board Meeting dates – David W suggested that our winter quarterly board meeting be in February before taxes are due. Donna G moved to end the board meeting and reconvene for our next quarterly board meeting in July after the Country Fair. Sue seconded. All approved. No objections.

Sunday Clinic 3/25/18

37 patients today!!!

Chilly day with a bit of rain. We had a great set-up crew and had about 40 people lined up at noon when we began food, drinks and hygiene supplies service.

We were surprised today by one of our wonderful volunteers who performed a perfect haircut on a visitor. Haircuts are alway very popular!

I finally captured an image of our Burrito Brigade Superhero swooping in with a cooler full of warm, delicious burritos.

We had many folks receive tours today including a Rock Star of the Herbalist Medicine world, a potential Volunteer who is a mental health expert, a grant maker who urged us to apply for funding, and several others.

Homeless Hounds brought joy to all the good dogs and cats, and Carry it Forward dropped off about 10 totes full of nice clothes and shoes.

Super interesting day under the bridge today. Lots of great people visited us, we had an incredible crew of Volunteers, and a huge crowd was successfully served.

The bus (above) packed up and heading for the barn.

Sunday Clinic 3/18/18

Very pleasant day under the bridge. The sun came out about 10am and stayed out.

Our crowd gathered early today and was a good one. Folks just seemed really happy and grateful for a break in the rain.

We served up sandwiches, Burrito Brigade burritos, granola, hard boiled eggs, coffee, juice, and lots of treats. Demand for Hospitality goods was high, and our visitors pretty much cleaned us out of socks, gloves, warm hats, clothes, and most other personal care items.

We had a bit of excitement when two police cars arrived. Someone had stolen a tent from REI and it was reported that the evildoer was amongst us. They poked around a bit and left empty handed. The police were pleasant to all and very professional.

Very big day for medical care today with a grand total of 31 patients served. Cahoots dropped off two patients, one who was seeking our herbal medicine and another who desperately needed foot care.

Our 4 legged visitors were seen by our Homeless Hounds Volunteer. They got new leashes, health exams, water bowls, toys, food, and a whole lot of attention. Our counselor was also very busy with an endless stream of folks wanting to talk.

Great day in the park under the bridge, huge thanks to all our magnificent Volunteers who make it all possible.

The picture above is 3 months after front leg amputation due to a large cancerous growth. This pup was full of life, friendly as could be, and ready to play.