White Bird

Chris Hecht

Many advocates in Lane County are worried about the chronically unhoused and what will happen to them after today’s (Friday) closure of two COVID-Relief respite shelters. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reached out to White Bird Clinic—an organization with 50 years’ experience of helping people on the streets. Executive Coordinator Chris Hecht talks about his concerns and what kinds of solutions they advocate for.

Tiffany Eckert

White Bird Clinic has expanded services for more low-income Lane County patients. The 50-year old organization now has a new dental clinic in Eugene. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert toured the state-of-the-art facility.

Tiffany Eckert

About three weeks ago, Medicaid patients in Lane County were informed that by January 1, PeaceHealth primary care doctors and specialists would stop contracting with Trillium insurance plans and use Pacific Source instead. The move has created some confusion, but one Medicaid health care provider sees change as a good thing.

Tiffany Eckert

Health care providers are urging people to get vaccinated against Influenza. One of the most vulnerable populations is the homeless. White Bird Medical Clinic is hitting the road Friday to offer free flu shots at a another non-profit agency in Eugene.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The waste and refuse left at homeless encampments has been an issue for many local governments, including the City of Eugene.  Earlier this summer we reported on ongoing efforts to clean up several islands in the Willamette River. But it’s also a problem beyond city limits.  Recently, KLCC’s Brian Bull ventured out into the Willamette National Forest to check on clean-up efforts there as well.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A medical non-profit facility in Eugene has expanded its hours and added a doctor. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this means the White Bird Clinic is now open to more Medicare patients.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Local emergency first responders partnered with mental health and homeless advocates to build a temporary housing hut in downtown Eugene.  Police Chief Chris Skinner says this is an example of 21st century policing.

Tiffany Eckert

Eugene’s White Bird Clinic was founded in 1970 with a mission to help the homeless and indigent with a variety of human services. The agency offers drug and alcohol counseling, crisis support and medical services. White Bird just purchased a new building to expand its dental program. For thousands of people, this clinic may be their only contact with a dentist.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Oregon Country Fair tries to cover all the bases when it comes to visitor comfort and safety. The White Bird Clinic has two sites that address the physical and mental well-being of fairgoers.  KLCC’s Brian Bull met with Wren Arrington, Rock Medicine Event Coordinator for the White Bird Clinic. Bull began by asking Arrington what help the clinic can provide, and where.

Tiffany Eckert

This is the time of year many of us are looking at health insurance coverage and making decisions. There is a non-traditional medical model being embraced by healthcare policymakers on both the left and the right. One doctor in Eugene offers direct-to-patient care for a flat monthly fee.

Tiffany Eckert

A chapel in Eugene overflowed with mourners Wednesday paying their respects to Carrie Lucinda Miller. The homeless woman, also known as “Mama Carrie,” was found dead on the steps of White Bird Clinic last week. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the memorial included stories, music and repeated calls for this community to protect its most vulnerable. 

CAHOOTS Will Now Operate 24/7 In Eugene

Jan 1, 2017
White Bird Clinic

As mental health services are getting cut, one vital resource in Eugene is expanding. CAHOOTS crisis assistance will now operate 24-hours a day.


Beginning Wednesday a new partnership is bringing a mobile crisis intervention team to Springfield and Glenwood.

Since 1989, White Bird in Eugene has operated two CAHOOTS vans. It stands for Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets.

Paid for with a grant from Lane County, there will be one CAHOOTS van dedicated to serving those in need in Springfield and Glenwood. The van is staffed with a mental health crisis worker and an emergency medical technician.

Niel Laudati is Spokesman for the City of Springfield.

Jes Burns

The national deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has already passed.  But in Oregon, persistent tech problems prompted the Governor to extend the final sign-up date by a month to April 30th.  The Cover Oregon website is still not fully functional, although people can complete most of the application process on-line.