Occupy Eugene plans medical tent Health professionals will staff the tent and provide free medical care in the Park Blocks downtown

Occupy Eugene’s evolution continues, with group members planning to set up a medical tent for a few hours this Sunday in the downtown Park Blocks.

It’s a resurrection of sorts. Occupy Eugene — an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that continues to protest on and raise awareness about economic inequality and corporate greed — ran a similar medical operation in Washington-Jefferson Park when the group camped there for seven weeks last fall.

Dr. David Knowlton, a family practitioner in Eugene, will be one of two physicians providing basic medical treatment at no cost to people who stop by the tent this Sunday afternoon.

Knowlton — a proponent of comprehensive health care reform — said he’s been somewhat involved with Occupy Eugene from the start. He manned medical tents that were part of the group’s encampments in the Park Blocks and Washington-Jefferson Street Park.

“My honest interest in it is personal,” Knowlton said, adding that he’s just trying to live by a philosophy that promotes acting to “be the change you want to see in the world.”

Occupy Eugene member Alley Valkyrie said the medical tent “is definitely open to” anyone who needs to see a doctor — even people who have health insurance. Nurses, emergency medical technicians and alternative care professionals will also be available.

Another Occupy Eugene member, Terry Purvis, said people will be able to access basic medical services at the tent — from wound care to obtaining a diagnosis of a lingering health problem.

Occupy Eugene said their plans call for having the tent open on Sundays after this weekend, as well.

Meanwhile, Purvis said he and other members of the group are establishing a team of “street medics” whose job will involve patrolling parts of Eugene to find people in need of medical care.

Occupy Eugene medical tent

What: Free medical services

Where: Downtown Eugene Park Blocks near Eighth Avenue and Oak Street

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Details: Occupy Eugene will set up a tent staffed by volunteers including physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and alternative care professionals.

Original article: http://projects.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/27557053-55/medical-eugene-occupy-tent-park.html.csp

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