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July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

Marin City Health-Wellness Center (MCHWC) took 6 years of strickly grassroots activism -- no money and bureaucratic resistence at every turn of the road. Our grassroots group of volunteers, name ISOJI (e-so-gee) initiated a communications process that crossed all jurisdctions (government, social services, service providers, consultants), did the surveys, site visits, convene the meetings, sought the technical advisors, mobilized political support, started the fundraising process, recruited the doctors, garnered community support and support from the local government... We are now preparing to open a dental clinic, assist in insuring mental health services are available, and more. All this as we petition the federal goverment of FQHC (Federal Qualified Health Center) status. Our objectives is to become a self-sufficient entity, prevention-focused and very visibly advocate to be known as a wellness community. We are a social-justice work-in-progress.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the increasing number o clients, diversity, balancing the budget, expanding the board to be representative of the community, publishing a community newspaper that is emphasizing health, wellness and empowerment from within the community ... aka using community assets and volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Insure we had adequate space (facilities) large enough to expand. In additional we should non-profits should write a "business plan" the includes the essential strategic components. With funding sources difficult to come by, a self-sufficiency mindset is essential to the lifeblood-survival of this very precious mission -- health, prevention, wellness.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

recieve an email

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

securing an expansion budget and getting more physicians and/or health professionals on board. Insuring that staff is being paid fairly with benefits. Insuring that all community members have access to the facility and even embracing the idea of home visits. Having a bucket full of testimoonial of people we help prevent diabetes, depression, asthma, high blood pressure, etc.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To become the preimminent "go to" accommodating health center in Southern Marin and have a very strong impact on the status of health, welbeing via prevention. To be a fundamental safetynet component to families with which we have access.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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