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White Bird Clinic

White Bird Homeless Health Care (WBHHC) project serves people who are homeless in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area.


WBHHC provides primary medical and dental services, including immediate, ongoing, and preventive care, at a joint facility centrally located in Eugene. Basic laboratory work and medication are provided. Access to specialists, diagnostic services, and hospital admissions are arranged. Staff includes physicians, dentists, dental assistants, a psychologist, a hygienist, nurses, counselors, EMTs, acupuncturists, and mental health, crisis, and substance abuse workers. WBHHC provides 24-hour crisis counseling as well as screening, evaluation, and referral for mental health and substance abuse services. The project’s Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets (CAHOOTS) street intervention team is a part of the public safety system. A range of mental health treatment is available through the agency’s PATH project. Detoxification is provided. Project enhancements include a vision clinic, providing free eye exams and eyeglasses, a full dental program, outreach eligibility work, medication funds, community case management, and a new HOPE (Social Security Assistance) project. More than 100 volunteers work in the project, including physicians, dentists, optometrists, opticians and hygienists from the community. 24 hour emergency on-call, Acupuncturists, Asthma treatment, Basic Needs, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Case Management/Social Services, Chronic Bronchitis/Emphysema, Dental/oral Care, Diabetes Testing/Care, Electronic Medical Records, Flu Vaccinations, Health/Nutritional Education, Immunizations, Labs, Medication Prescribing, Medication Dispensing, Mental Health Counseling, Mobile Medical Services, Optometry Services, Outreach, Pain Clinic, PATH services, Primary Health Care, Referrals for Specialty Care, Shelter outreach, Street Outreach, Substance Abuse Treatment, TB screening/education, Tobacco cessation, Transportation services, Urgent Care


Ties exist with the entire Eugene human service network, including government, nonprofit, church, and private entities. Health system linkages include hospitals, the health department, specialists, labs, diagnostic services, and professional societies (medical, dental, optometric, and hygienist). The project works cooperatively with local shelters, detox, public safety, and local hospitals. WBHHC is a member of Lane County’s mental health, substance abuse, medical, and information/referral systems. Coordination is arranged through the 100% Access Project, Community Mental Health Consortium, Lane County Substance Abuse Coordinating Group, Eugene’s Community Response Team, and WBHHC’s Interagency Management-Planned Approaches to Community Treatment (IMPACT) Network. WBHHC is also a member of the City of Eugene’s Public Safety/911 system through CAHOOTS, its mobile intervention team.


Estimated homeless population: 14,000

Patients served: 3,450


Shelter Care

1790 w.17th, ste 290 Eugene, Oregon 97402

General Info


Chuck Gerard

Medical Director

Leigh Saint-Louis, MD

UDS Number


Contact Info

Phone Number

(541) 342-8255

Fax Number

(541) 342-7987




Physical Address

341 East 12th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U30CS09746, a National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement for $1,625,741, with 0% match from nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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