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Health Partners Free Clinic
January 17, 2009

Initially I became involved with Health Partners Free Clinic via an internship through a leadership program. When I was asked to fill a Public Relations position on the board, I was thrilled that I could somehow use my experience to help the non-profit create awareness and secure financial support in the community. With my background in marketing, I was unsure how significant my contribution would be to a "health" clinic. I am still getting my feet wet, however I am learning more everyday about the function of a board, how important community involvement is in the existence of a non-profit, and how every individual, no matter what their talents, can serve a role in giving back to their community through a non-profit. Considering the decline in the current economic situation and the rise of unemployment, I know Health Partner Free Clinic will need every extra hand and every extra dollar the community has to offer.

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

person as I came in during clinic hours on evening. I was impressed by the staff and especially the physician who donated his time with compassion and enthusiasm seldom seen even in a "for" profit situation. The majority of the clientele were reflective of the typical next-door- neighbor who happened to be under-insured or uninsured and just needed a helping hand.

Ways to make it better...

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

establish a coordinator to further develop and organize the volunteer base. If this was a paid position, I would also require that this position be responsible for fund raising/long-term economic development.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing what a difference the organization has made in so many lives and knowing that the services offered are done so in the most cost-efficient, time-efficient manner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably intelligent, compassionate and efficient.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and serve all that need healthcare but are unable to afford it. The organization could also secure it's long-term future which is currently a challenge.

Ways to make it better...

I could have actually provided hands on assistance to the patients.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

securing funds to support long-term financial viability.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the balance of paid versus volunteer positions is difficult as most of the volunteers and board members have full time jobs and families. Time dedication is a challenge.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Find creative avenues to gain name recognition for Health Partners Free Clinic and support fund raising for the non-profit.