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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: The mission of HealthFinders is to provide quality, accessible and culturally sensitive healthcare services at no cost, to low-income and uninsured residents of greater Rice County.

Results: HealthFinders has served over 2,500 patients since 2005.

Target demographics: Un- and under-insured families earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in greater Rice County.

Geographic areas served: Rice County, Minnesota

Programs: PRIMARY CARE SERVICES The HealthFinders Clinic operates on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Little Prairie United Methodist Church, located on County Road 88/130th Street in rural Dundas, MN. EDUCATION AND SUPPORT FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS HealthFinders Collaborative aims to provide culturally appropriate education and support for adults and children who meet program guidelines and have chronic conditions — i.e. diabetes, hypertension, asthma. Through proper education, individuals can learn to manage their health condition and keep themselves in a good state of health, thereby avoiding complications resulting from poor management and avoiding hospitalizations. Diabetes Program: For more than two years, our Diabetic Program has provided monthly support, education, diabetic supplies and medications to diabetic patients. Participants must agree to attend monthly education sessions and track their blood sugar levels. Currently around 60 individuals receive necessary syringes, test-strips, glucometers, medication, lancets, and educational support through the diabetes program. MEDICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HealthFinders manages a prescription drug fund in partnership with local pharmacists, medical personnel, and public health officials to provide prescriptions to low-income, uninsured community members. The program uses a specific list of medications (formulary) from which physicians can prescribe; patients can obtain prescribed medications at one of the participating pharmacies in the Northfield, Faribault and Lonsdale communities. The fund supports prescription medication for HealthFinders Clinic patients, as well as patients at area clinics and emergency departments who meet program guidelines. Physicians at primary care clinics in the area, as well as Faribault and Northfield hospital emergency departments, can access the program for patients in need.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined Healthfinders as a volunteer student intern--I am consistently impressed with how the employees and volunteers at Healthfinders never forget why they are doing what they're doing--it's all about taking care of our neighbors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are far too many people who don't have access to health care and HealthFinders helps remedy this, providing free health services to the uninsured and under-insured. HealthFinders has great outreach to deprived communities, even those that don't always speak English well, but that doesn't detract from its service to the community as a whole. Besides providing medicine which its clients wouldn't be able to afford, Healthfinders also helps them to manage long term conditions, such as diabetes, and also to improve their health in the long term through fitness classes etc. These approaches are not only cheaper and more effective but also have a positive impact on patients' lives in other respects.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Rae and I volunteer as a nurse at the HealthFinders Clinic evenings. One particular evening a boy about 12 years old came in with his mother, for an athletic physical, required so he could be on a community soccer team. I enjoy joking with the children we see and this young man and I did our share of kidding around while doing his vital signs, taking a health history, and filling out forms. Then the physician went in to see him and I got busy seeing other patients. A bit later the boy and his mother were on their way out; the mom stopped me in the hallway and said, "We usually can pay our way but my husband has been out of work so we don't have insurance right now. My son wants so much to play on the team but we couldn't afford a clinic visit for a physical. I just told myself to swallow my pride and bring him to HealthFinders. I was braced for being treated condescendingly. This clinic was wonderful! You treated us as though we were paying customers. Thank you!" She had tears in her eyes and so did I.

6

Board Member

Rating: 4

I very recently joined the Healthfinders' board of directors because I was so impressed with their ability to provide quality services on a very small budget. Nearly all of the funding received by Healthfinders is used for direct services and many services are donated. Healthfinders recently underwent a strategic evaluation to guide development over the next several years and I am excited to be a part of executing that plan. Healthfinders represents the best of grassroots non-profits, a group of caring people saw a need and acted in response with little bureaucracy or overhead.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

With our healthcare coverage changing everyday and the economy we are experienceing increased unemployment. With these factors the need has increased for uninsured healthcare coverage. HealthFinders assists our patients in getting connected to resources they are not aware of in the community to facilite getting taken care of. Our community/county support from many organizations, companies, etc. see the need for this assitance and are a very integral part of HealthFinders. HealthFinders is an organization committed to our community.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

mi nombre es miguel angel bueno mi experiensia a sido muy buena he aprendido sobre cada medicamento en sus funciones en el cuerpo y que es nesesario tomarlas diariamente doy grasias a este programa por ayudarme y a darme mucha informacion

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about HealthFinders through a story in the Northfield News. While I am blessed to have excellent health insurance, many residents of Northfield, Faribault and the surrounding area are not so lucky: they may be unemployed, lack health insurance because they only work part time, or they lack the language skills to navigate the paperwork to qualify for service. We made a financial contribution to the organization to help keep the clinic open. As a recently retired fundraiser at a local college, I responded to a call for volunteers with fundraising experience. While I am not a doctor, nurse or translator, through my work on the board I am helping to provide much needed health care services and education to families and individuals who in turn contribute to our community in many ways. HealthFinders has made a huge difference to the people of Rice County - and to me!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer as a clinic nurse at Healthfinders Collaborative. I come home from every clinic feeling so glad the organization is there to provide health care to people who truly need it. The organization itself is well-run and flexible. I feel as if my efforts are appreciated but we are all there to get the job done; there is not a lot of time wasted on unnecessary volunteer appreciation or superfluous training. I've enjoyed meeting new people through the organization and having the opportunity to help out my community.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthFinders is a vital part of our community. With unemployment soaring, we are reaching more and more people in the unfortunate situation of being uninsured or underinsured. The volunteers are amazing, and our medication assistance and diabetes programs are fully enrolled. HealthFinders has a great reputation amongst patients, volunteers and community supporters.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the last 8 years I have been involved with the HealthFinders Clinic....from the initial days of research, to board member to clinic volunteer. I am amazed to see such a wonderful county-wide collaboration! So many volunteers, individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions all coming together to address healthcare issues for the low-income, uninsured in our community. It is very rewarding to not only provide medications for acute conditions, but also offer education and support to encourage healthier lifestyles. This makes our community 'work better' by keeping people healthier and keeping our area medical communities' 'unpaid debt' lower, too.