The OCOM intern clinic experience has always been enhanced by placing our students in partner clinics where they can be exposed to different patient populations. I am very excited to share with you OCOM’s new partner, Cascadia Garlington Health Center, located at 3036 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Garlington Health Center is a part of Cascadia Health, an organization that is the largest community-based behavioral health and substance use treatment services provider in Oregon. 

Garlington Clinic is a safety net clinic serving low-income patients, primarily for mental health care. This clinic provides full service health care to underserved populations with a focus on mental health services, which makes this a busy clinic serving many people in need. Cascadia Health provides primary care, necessary blood work and labs, crisis intervention, and addiction recovery services. They also have a “Wellness Resource Center” that connects their clients to peer services, basic supplies, and classes throughout the week. 

Garlington has hosted acupuncture students from NUMN in the past, and they currently have chiropractic interns. Garlington reached out to OCOM when they were ready to restart their acupuncture services. Dr. Robert Kaneko, long-time OCOM clinic supervisor, is the supervisor at this clinic. 

This clinic is large, clean, and on the #6 bus line – easy biking distance from OCOM. They have lockers, indoor bike storage and showers available to those who bike to work there. There are also two break rooms with kitchens in the building that OCOM students and supervisors can use. 

The treatment area is a group room where OCOM interns treat patients in a communal setting with support staff available to schedule appointments. We currently are able to provide full treatments for patients, utilizing treatment tables. There are also zero-gravity chairs for patients who might prefer that style of treatment. Garlington uses OCHIN/EPIC for charting, and the supervisor and interns will have training on this EHR system. 

Having an internship shift at Garlington will count as the Integrative Health clinic requirement for DACM students and all patients seen at this clinic will count toward the intern's patient count requirement. Interns planning to go to Garlington must do extensive onboarding, more than eight hours of subjects such as safety and patient privacy; these training hours will count towards community outreach credits. 

Thank you to the first cohort of OCOM interns going to Garlington this Winter. I expect this will be the beginning of a fruitful clinical collaboration! 

Katherine Annala, DAOM, LAc,
Associate Dean of Clinical Education