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$100K grant awarded for a COVID-19 Care Center for the unhoused

White Bird Medical Clinic has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to develop a safe, COVID-19 screening and testing center for Lane County’s unhoused populations. The screening center will be located in White Bird’s primary care walk-in clinic, with construction planned to start February 2021. The new primary care walk-in clinic will offer on-demand acute care to our community’s most vulnerable residents. Without access to walk-in primary care, patients utilize emergency room treatment for acute but not emergent problems, reducing the availability of treatment for life-threatening emergencies.

In addition, treatment at an emergency room is at least five times more costly than a primary care encounter. With ambulance transport, emergency treatment becomes an order of magnitude more expensive than primary care. These dramatically increased costs, along with reduced availability of treatment for life-threatening emergencies, constitute a crisis for our community and the institutions that provide and fund health care. With your help we will continue preventing unnecessary emergency room treatment and subsequent hospital admissions and preserve healthcare system capacity essential for accommodating an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

When complete, the new facility will allow White Bird to quickly identify and respond to emerging health care needs, preventing the infection and spread of COVID-19 in people experiencing homelessness through symptom monitoring, screening, and testing. It will also enhance White Bird’s work coordinating care for the local population of unhoused individuals, strengthen partnerships with referring agencies and organizations, and support coordinating community efforts to suppress COVID-19. An additional benefit will be the capacity to conduct point of care testing for dental clinic patients, in order to keep dental staff safe and improve access to oral health care.

RN Case Manager

This position is responsible for coordinating care with patients who are patients of the medical clinic, focusing on self-management and improvement of patients’ medical conditions in coordination with substance use disorder treatment plans. This will include face-to-face office visits for patients with chronic or acute conditions under Nursing Protocols and Standing Orders.

Pay and Benefits:

This position is being hired as a temporary position through 2/2021 for up to 36 hours per week. The salary is equivalent to $45/hr. and includes medical, dental, vision benefits.

Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct comprehensive assessment of patients’ physical, mental, psychosocial, and substance use disorder conditions.
  2. Develop care plans to prevent disease exacerbation, improve outcomes, increase patient engagement in self-care, decrease risk status, and minimize hospital and ED utilization.
  3. Utilize behavioral strategies to collaborate with patients to develop plans and strategies to manage and improve their health.
  4. Utilize standing orders and nursing protocols to order labs, referrals, medications, and provide education to support patient health improvement goals.
  5. Assist patients in navigating the health care systems and services and substance use disorders services.
  6. Coordinate Specialty care.
  7. Partner with external case management programs to coordinate care.
  8. Ongoing evaluation and documentation of patient progress/risk status.
  9. Document all patient communication and care provided in EMR and meet documentation requirements for Meaningful Use and other clinical benchmarks required by our grant funders and clinic accepted initiatives.

Requirements:

  1. Current Oregon RN license with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  2. Ability to work with a diverse population and a broad range of situations while maintaining a professional and courteous attitude.
  3. Willingness to participate in continuing education.
  4. Minimum of 4 years of nursing experience.
  5. Experience in the delivery of primary care.
  6. Experience working with patients with substance use disorders.
  7. Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  8. Strong computer skills.  The ability to send and receive email, write documents in MS Word, look up information on the internet, and use and electronic EHR system.
  9. Maintain current BLS and complete annual blood borne pathogen training.
  10. Receive approval of the Medical Director showing complete knowledge of all the Clinic’s Acute and Chronic Care Nursing Protocols within 3 months of hire date.
  11. Complete NVT.
  12. Able to function in a chaotic environment while maintaining A SENSE OF HUMOR!!

Preferred:

  1. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  2. Minimum of two years experience in primary care medical practice.
  3. Display knowledge of Chronic Disease processes including but not limited to Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, COPD, Hyperlipidemia, and the management of Warfarin.
  4. Experience working in a consensus environment. 

Accountability:

This position reports to the Medical Director.

NOTE: All positions at White Bird Clinic have a minimum 6-month probationary period.

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October Free Vaccine Clinics

White Bird Medical will be holding 3 free flu vaccine clinics in coordination with Catholic Community Services, one each Friday through October.  Vaccines are provided by Peace Health! Thank you community!

On Friday, October 16th we will be in Eugene at the Catholic Community Services center at 1464 W 6th Ave, Eugene from 8 am-12 pm. CCS will concurrently be holding their food pantry program that runs the same hours.

On Friday, Oct 23rd we will be holding the clinic in the parking lot of the library/community center parking lot at 700 E. Gibbs Ave, Cottage Grove. This one will be held the hours of 3 pm-7 pm to accommodate working families in Cottage Grove.

On Friday, October 30th we will be in Springfield at the Catholic Community Services center at 1025 G St, Springfield from 8 am-12 pm. CCS will concurrently be holding their food pantry program that runs the same hours.

Adults and children ages 7 and older can receive the flu vaccine at pharmacies, which are often able to bill insurance. Get the flu vaccine at:

• Primary care provider or at a pharmacy or by appointment at Lane County Public Health

Children younger than 6 years old, get the flu vaccine at:

• Primary care provider or by appointment at Lane County Public Health

To schedule an appointment at Lane County Public Health, please call (541) 682-4041 or call 711 for TTY/Relay Services. Se habla español. Lane County Public Health is located at 151 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 310, on the corner of 7th and Charnelton, open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

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Now Hiring: LCSW – Medical/Behavioral Health Integration

This position is responsible to operate in a consultative role within our primary care team; provide recommendations regarding behavioral interventions to the referring primary care providers; and conduct brief interventions with referred patients on behalf of the referring primary care provider (PCP).

Responsibilities:

  1. Maintains a visible presence to the PCPs during clinic operating hours.
  2. Is available for “curbside” consultation by being in the clinic or available by phone.
  3. Is available for same day and scheduled initial consultations with patients referred by PCPs and PMHNPs.
  4. Provides a range of services including screening for behavioral health conditions, assessment and intervention to help patients improve their medical conditions. Conducts risk assessments, as needed.
  5. Assists in the development of the clinic’s behavioral health program and its integration into primary care including but not limited behavioral health focused practice protocols, group and individual visits, and classes.
  6. Maintains an up‑to‑date library of patient education materials for commonly seen problems. Identifies, reviews, and modifies educational materials for literacy level and cultural appropriateness.
  7. As a member of the Clinic’s crisis response team, assists Primary Care Providers with patients in acute crisis when requested.
  8. Facilitates and tracks referrals to specialty MH/SUD services, and when appropriate, support a smooth transition from specialty MH/SUD services back to primary care.
  9. Prepares brief consultant notes for the medical chart that explain assessment findings, interventions delivered, and recommendations made to the PCP.
  10. Maintains clinical records and other necessary paperwork in a timely manner to comply with all administrative regulations.
  11. Aids in capturing program evaluation and fidelity measures.
  12. Attends clinic meetings as requested by Medical Director and Medical Program Coordinator.

Requirements:

  1. Maintains Licensure for Oregon LCSW.
  2. Ability to qualify for Oregon Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) credentialing requirements as required by Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 309-019-0125.
  3. Ability to work with a wide range of patients including low/no income, and homeless adults.
  4. Willingness to participate in continuing education.
  5. Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  6. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, & Email.
  7. Willing and able to document in our NextGen EHR.
  8. Complete annual blood borne pathogen training, yearly TB screening, and HEP B (vaccine series or titers).
  9. Willing to go the extra mile (or longer)
  10. Complete confidentially agreement
  11. Complete new employee orientation
  12. A SENSE OF HUMOR!!

Preferred:

  1. Bilingual in English and Spanish
  2. Veteran
  3. CADC or other experience in substance abuse treatment methodologies.
  4. Experience working with clients with dual diagnosis
  5. Experience in working in a consensus environment
  6. Experience working with Electronic Health Records, especially NextGen EHR.

Accountability:

This position reports to the Medical Operations Manager.

NOTE: All positions at White Bird Clinic have a minimum 6-month probationary period.

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Now Accepting New Medicare Patients and Expanding Hours

In response to burgeoning community need, White Bird Clinic’s Medical program is now accepting new Medicare Patients and expanding service hours! Starting August 5th, the clinic will be open Monday – Friday from 9am to 6pm, except every other Monday when we are closed between 12:30 – 2:30 for staff meetings.

Please contact us at (541) 484-4800 to schedule an appointment or visit https://whitebirdclinic.org to learn more about our services.

White Bird Clinic Expanding Dental & Medical Services

White Bird Executive Coordinator Miles Mabray (front) stands with Fund Developer, Chris Hecht, in front of the dental and medical clinic currently serving 2,000 low-income patients annually.
CREDIT TIFFANY ECKERT, KLCC

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EUGENE, OREGON – White Bird Clinic will purchase the building at 1415 Pearl St. and redevelop it into a dental clinic to serve burgeoning community need. The existing dental facilities at 1400 Mill St will be renovated to add urgent care services to White Bird’s medical clinic.

The new building will allow White Bird dental to serve 50 additional patients each week and increase capacity to host student internships. The clinic will also provide denture care for elderly patients and allow White Bird to serve more children and families. White Bird medical’s new urgent care services will provide an alternative to hospital emergency room visits for patients experiencing an acute issue who lack health insurance.

“With the increase in community need for affordable urgent and preventative dental care, we’ve been on the lookout for a larger facility to better serve clients. When this opportunity came up, we knew we had to move on it immediately,” White Bird Dental Program Coordinator Kim Freuen said.

Founded in 1995, the dental clinic provides urgent care as well as preventative care. The program has continuously grown and is now constrained by its 23 year-old facility, and is not operating at optimal capacity due to a shortage of space. This year to date, the dental clinic has provided 4,848 visits for 1,992 patients:

  • 829 for emergency care;
  • 1,322 for hygiene/preventative care; and
  • 2,697 for restorative care.

According to Trillium Community Health Plan, many of their patients don’t ever see a dentist. The last two Community Health Improvement Plans for Lane County identified affordable dental care as a major issue. Poor oral health presents significant challenges for many unhoused community members; White Bird recognizes that need and meets it.

White Bird Medical Clinic provides affordable and friendly medical care to indigent, homeless, low-income, and otherwise marginalized populations, such as community members who are employed but uninsured or underinsured. In addition to staff physicians, there is a behavioral health consultant and a psychiatric prescriber who collaborate with the physicians to offer integrated, holistic care. This year to date, the medical clinic has provided 2,226 visits for 950 patients. 1,020 of those visits were with unhoused patients.

Providing primary care to patients is crucially important, as White Bird’s patients often suffer from multiple complex medical issues that are compounded by socioeconomic barriers to health care and lifestyle changes. These community members face significant barriers as well as discrimination when attempting to access health care institutions in the community, and having White Bird primary care providers advocate for them and coordinate their care is vital.

The new medical urgent care service will divert a great number of emergency room visits, which are very costly for all stakeholders. White Bird Clinic is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Valentine’s Day Flu Clinic

Show you care this Valentine’s Day by getting your flu shot. We’ll be offering free vaccinations from 1-3pm on Wednesday, February 14th at our offices at 341 E. 12th Avenue.

Look for us at the picnic tables out back.

Influenza (flu) is a seasonal disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Most experts think flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Less often, a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

People can spread the flu even if they don’t know they’re sick. The flu can be more serious for some people, including young children, pregnant women, older people, people with certain health conditions and smokers. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.