WSU - One Health Clinic

Innovator Track: Established Nonprofit

Meet the Speaker

Christie Cotterill

What inspires you most about the work you do?

I see the incredible bond that our clients have with their pets. It is so powerful and I believe that if we can shift thinking away from pets as a barrier to an opportunity, we can create safe spaces and build trust with people experiencing homelessness. This can unlock pathways to the range of services offered in our community and help move people into housing stability or the other services each individual needs. This all starts with trust and, for our clients, that trust begins with their pet.

How can someone engage or get involved with your organization/mission?

People can become involved by visiting us at www.facebook.com/OneHealthClinic and learn how they can engage with our program.

Innovator COVID-19 Update

The One Health Clinic has drastically altered how we offer care for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. As healthcare providers, we are highly aware of the importance to practice social distancing and safe healthcare measures so we can continue to treat as many people and their pets as possible. We are working in partnership with other providers in the community to serve as many people experiencing homelessness with (and without) pets as possible. For the most up-to-date information, visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/OneHealthClinic.

For non-COVID-19 human healthcare, Neighborcare Health is scheduling most medical appointments by telephone. Patients with cold or flu symptoms or who are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 are to call (206) 548-5710 to talk with a nurse BEFORE coming to a clinic. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Veterinary care has also been transitioned to telemedicine. Existing patients needing consultation are to email onehealthclinic@wsu.edu. Medication and supplies will be available for pick-up at a local veterinary clinic.

The One Health Clinic has drastically altered how we offer care for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. As healthcare providers, we are highly aware of the importance to practice social distancing and safe healthcare measures so we can continue to treat as many people and their pets as possible. We are working in partnership with other providers in the community to serve as many people experiencing homelessness with (and without) pets as possible. For the most up-to-date information, visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/OneHealthClinic.

For non-COVID-19 human healthcare, Neighborcare Health is scheduling most medical appointments by telephone. Patients with cold or flu symptoms or who are concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 are to call (206) 548-5710 to talk with a nurse BEFORE coming to a clinic. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Veterinary care has also been transitioned to telemedicine. Existing patients needing consultation are to email onehealthclinic@wsu.edu. Medication and supplies will be available for pick-up at a local veterinary clinic.

Learn more about WSU One Health Clinic

The One Health Clinic is an innovative model of side-by-side human and veterinary healthcare for people experiencing homelessness with pets in Seattle. The focus of this combined clinic is to eliminate barriers to healthcare access so people facing homelessness can gain mental and physical health stability. More stability increases the likelihood that individuals will access other services, like housing, which can lead to a path out of homelessness. Beyond providing care locally, our collaborative group is creating a toolkit to be shared nationally so others can replicate our model and make change where they live.

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