GENESIS WORLD MISSION INC
Rating: 5 stars 12 reviews
Issues: Health, International
Location: 215 W 35TH St Garden City ID 83714 USA
Results: Last year, we served 800 patients a year with more than 3600 patient encounters at the Garden City Community Clinic. The Volunteer Physicians Network provides over 1200 encounters for nearly 1000 patients and leverages about $1 million of donated services each year.
Target demographics: In Boise, we serve people with no health insurance whose household income is less than twice the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of 4, that's about $42,000.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 1800
Geographic areas served: Ada County Idaho, Canyon County Idaho, Kenya
Programs: Garden City Community Clinic (GCCC): an integrated medical home, focuses on the holistic healing and restoring health to low-income, uninsured patients by teaching and empowering them to develop healthy life sustaining habits. All services are provided by volunteer health care professionals from throughout the community. Care includes treatment of acute non-emergent and limited chronic illnesses, medications, and referrals for specialty care. On-site basic dental services, dietitian consultations and social work visits are also offered, as well as limited mental health counseling. Volunteers apply for free medications from drug manufacturers on behalf of patients Volunteer Physicians Network: VPN works to improve the overall health of lower-income, uninsured patients by increasing charitable access and coordination of specialty care and spreading it out among the Treasure Valley physician community. This is a referral network of specialty physicians, labs and hospitals who’ve agreed to donate medical care to patients of three Ada County safety-net clinics: Family Practice Medical Center, Terry Reilly Health Services-Boise, and GCCC. They provide primary health care and depend on specialty consultations, procedures, and/or surgery to provide a continuity of care for eligible patients. Genesis International (GWMI): GWMI provides leadership, coordination and encouragement to sustain human health services through local and international partnerships in under-served countries. Currently, services are focused on two projects in Kenya. The first is the PEFA Mercy Medical Centre, a primary care medical home in rural Ndumberi, located outside of Nairobi. It has operated since 2007 and sees upwards of 60 patients a day, 6 days a week. Services are provided at a rate that the middle and poverty class can access. Dental services are also available. A new project in Mombassa, along the coast, is aimed at coordinating "pocket sized" health centers and other human health services in conjunction with Touch Africa. This project is still in its investigational phase.
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I volunteered at Genesis for 7 years in a variety of non-health related jobs (helping with the annual fund raising dinner, doing data entry, etc.) The organization is extremely well managed and totally focused on helping those who do not have insurance but need medical care. The organization has matured over the years to be more effective in the delivery of medical and dental care. those who donate know that their dollars are being effectively used to help the target population.
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Genesis is a very unique, highly innovative organization that generates positive social benefit in diverse ways. Beyond its flagship program (Garden City Community Clinic), a safety-net clinic staffed by volunteer physicians and managed by a RN, Genesis also has two other departments: The Volunteer Physicians Network (VPN) and Genesis International (GWMI). VPN works to link low-income patients in the greater Boise area with specialty physicians wiling to donate their time and GWMI helps facilitate community-driven healthcare projects in low income countries.
In my mind, the impact these latter programs have on their respective communities is under appreciated. Both seek to link important parts of their communities in ways that foster important synergies. Both greatly enhance the self-efficacy of the poor, by giving them the resources they need to obtain the care they deserve (VPN) and by building vital social capital in communities that directly leads to bottom-up development (GWMI). And, most importantly, both work toward sustainable solutions to poverty. The social impact of the sum of these outcomes is impossible to fully quantify, but it is innovative solutions like these that are integral to properly addressing poverty.
On a practical level, Genesis was a wonderful organization to volunteer with. The managerial staff is *very* competent and extremely passionate about their work. I was impressed by how efficiently and seamlessly the organization's different programs were managed on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, I believe the financial management of the organization is top-notch, which is not always the case with nonprofits.
I joined the team at Genesis hoping to learn more about nonprofit management; I left with a greater appreciation for the innovative ways an organization can impact the community--both locally and globally.
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many different ways. I handled some data analysis for the organization, so I was able to ascertain the number of individuals that international healthcare efforts directly helped. But more importantly, I had the pleasure of learning about the number of individuals Genesis' international programs help *indirectly*. Because the organization scrupulously develops international projects in a way that incorporates a local perspective on community needs, international projects maximize impact.
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more adequately define job descriptions of the key managerial staff. While the current fluidity is perhaps beneficial for the seamless integration of a range of different programs, I think there is an under-provision of human resources toward fundraising activities--particularly grant writing. A more crystalized partitioning of tasks might be beneficial in this regard.