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New Orleans Faith Health Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health, Hospitals

Mission: To provide quality, affordable primary care to working uninsured and their families.

Geographic areas served: Greater New Orleans Area

Programs: Provide affordable healthcare services to working uninsured individuals and families in greater new orleans. In addition to providing primary care services, the organization provides health coaching/nutrition education to all patients. However, those who are diabetic or hypertensive are strongly encouraged and recommended to work with the health coach/nutrition educator to develop an individual health plan. We logged over 1,000 visits in 2012 and continued to provide individual support to all patients making lifestyle changes for improved health. 100% of the hypertensive patients that worked with the health coach/nutrition educator improved their blood pressure over the year. The organization also provides blood pressure screenings, flu vaccines and health education in the community at health fairs, schools and in the workplace.

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Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

NOFHA fulfills a distinct need in our community - affordable primary health care for the working uninsured, by a caring staff that follows up with the patient and teaches healthy lifestyles. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to the mission and passionate about their work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was sold on the concept of NOFHA from the day I heard of the concept - a provider of affordable health care for those who are employed, but not able to afford health insurance. More important to me was the idea of integrating physical, emotional and spiritual health. NOFHA not only treats illness, but teaches health and wellness and asks its patients to take responisibilty for managing their own health. It has been very fulfilling to watch NOFHA grow from mere concept, to a fully operational clinic, but we need financial support to continue our mission!

Donor

Rating: 5

New Orleans needs places that provide primary health care such as help with diabetes, hypertension and other chronic health problems and since Hurricane Katrina many primary clinics were lost. New Orleans is still trying to rebuild and NOFAH provides this care to those who work but do not have health insurance. It is helping so many people and could do so much more with more financial help and volunteer health professionals. NOFAH is a great organization and is trying to grow to meet more people's needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was also part of the Kaiser Permanente group that worked on the initial stages of this project. I lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and know first hand how much help the people and city of New Orleans needs. So many people need help with getting the proper healthcare. I am proud to have been a part of this project. It will be very successful and help many people and nothing makes me happier then helping to make others smile and feel good.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOFHA provides quality and affordable healthcare services for the working uninsured of our communities. As a community heatlh worker, I encounter individuals on a regular basis who are employed but have no health insurance. It is agreat comfort to know that there is a resource available for these individuals that will provide care not just for their physical health, but their emotional and spiritual well-being also.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Faith Health Alliance is a mix of imagination and radical new ideas in healthcare. It is a holistic approach to health care. Their dream isn’t just to take blood and labs and do checkups, but help change lifestyles: instead of sa8ing ‘you need to eat better’ they want to say ‘come to our kitchen so we can show you haw to cook a healthy meal. Instead of saying ‘you need to lose weight’ they want to say ‘here is a pass to our gym and an appt with a fitness counselor, let us help you lose weight with exercise.’ It’s a new approach and I’m glad I could be at the opening and that I know some of the staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of Kaiser Permanente's team of individuals who came with Hands On to do the initial preparation of the organization. Meeting with other volunteers as we worked to paint and move furniture was exciting. It was great to see the pictures of the ribbon cutting from our homes and know that we were a part of the process for that building opening. We had a hand on a very positive piece of New Orleans healthcare re-establishment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with some of the initial preparation of the space while working with colleagues from Kaiser Permanente through Hands On New Orleans. I lived in NOLA for 10 years prior to Katrina and know first hand how many folks can benefit from a project like this. I whole heartedly endorse the project, the process used by the project and have no question that it will have a significant impact for those individuals lucke enough to be served by the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance.

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Donor

Rating: 4

The staff and volunteers of NOFHA are the kind of people who dedicate their lives to the service of others. They do what we are all called to do - to be stewards of humanity, giving selflessly to the total well-being of others. NOHFA, if allowed to grow and flourish, can be a place of support and comfort to those patients who work tirelessly without the benefits of healthcare. It is a place that can give them a bit of ease when it comes to their health and enable then to take ownership of their whole well-being.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NOFHA serves working people without insurance. The staff are caring professionals who see their clients as multifaceted individuals with physical, mental and spiritual needs. They help them to understand and take control of their health along all of these dimensions. It is inspiring to see how their faith illuminates their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

THe organaization is passionae about its mission and committed to assure health care in New Orleans. They are an inspiration to me

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the past year for NOFHA. This non-profit organization is providing much needed affordable health care for uninsured workers. There has been an impressive response to this worthy cause from our community but more financial support needed to service more needy people. This competent and dedicated organization should be backed with the necessities that would allow it to grow and, in turn, allow our community to prosper.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This clinic has hard working staff that dedicate their lives to the increased enrichment of the individual and their communities. Culturally competent, medically sound, and full of heart, they provide the best wrap-around service in the area. The nurses and staff were some of the most dedicated medical teams I have ever encountered.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the pastor of First Grace UMC which houses NOFHA. I have seen it come into fruition in the most glorious, dedicated fashion. And, most importantly, I am a witness to the effect NOFHA is having in our city and in the lives of New Orleanians. the clinic staff is caring and professional. the clinic itself is spectacular and clean and warm. every doctors office should look so good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This team of highly motivated, dedicated professionals inspired me to do more, that help is needed and through compassion and service we can help those in our communities get the care they deserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In meeting with the staff of NOFHA to consider adding a pastoral care component to their offerings, I am very impressed with the dedication,professionalism and genuine caring of the staff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NOFHA is a wonderful ministry, bringing together various faith groups in our community to serve the common good in providing health care for the working uninsured. I really like the fact that NOFHA is a comprehensive approach to health, welness and spirituality with a focus on the "working" uninsured. It's a great model that fosters people understanding and taking ownership of their health and welness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I've not had the opportunity to directly serve through this organization, I have been able to make suggestions about several facets of their services. This organization fills a much needed void in medical services delivery in this community. They not only provide health services but also help their clients with emotional and spiritual needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are donors because we feel the NOFHA really fills a niche where health care is needed but not provided. When I visited the facility I was extremely impressed but the expertise, dedication, and compassion of everyone involved there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NOFHA was started based on a vision on how services should be provided to the community, placing more attention on the quality of serivce than the number of people served. Throug the short time that NOFHA has been up and running it has embraces all that it stands for. The staff is committed to the mission and vision of its funders and has become an incredible resource for the overall community and an example of how services should be provided. Differnt from all other community health centers NOFHA open its doors taking into account the needs of the immigrant community. Today 50% of its clients are Latino immigrants who have found a real home for their medical needs. The true value of NOFHA is the people that works there and their commitment and devotion to serve the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I work with the migrant Latino community and have always struggled to find resources for the people I meet that are client-centered and low-cost for people without insurance. NOFHA is both of these. There is a gap in Spanish-speaking medical services in New Orleans and NOFHA's dedication to filling this gap is clear in Luanne's passion to serve people from any background. Similarly, finding low-cost medical services for people who work jobs that don't provide health insurance was next to impossible before NOFHA opened its doors. I am always excited to share information about this clinic and the great service they provide to the people I encounter during my week.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IIn my post-Katrina work in New Orleans I have encountered many residents who although holding steady jobs, cannot afford health insurance. New Orleans Faith Health Alliance is literally a prayer answered for these folks. The fact that NOFHA is committed to treatment that affects the patient in both body and spirit makes it an extraordinary and unique resource in our troubled area. Executive Director, Luanne Francis contacted our non-profit, Interfaith Works, to help establish connections with as many faith communities, large and small, as possible, to spread the word that NOFHA is open and available to all. She let us know that it is a priority to reach those who might otherwise be overlooked. We are delighted to be cooperating with NOFHA and we are grateful that they are here.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission, passionate leadership! The leadership is intelligent, warm, compassionate and energetic - a winning formula! Our community is much stronger with the services provided by this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I manage a hospital outpatient diabetes center in New Orleans and appreciate the medical home NOFHA will provide uninsured workers who have diabetes. Diabetes care is largely self care, and a lack of health insurance should not prevent someone from achieving and maintaing tight blood sugar control. I am impressed with the passion of everyone I have met associated with NOFHA and look forward to working with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

New Orleans Faith Health Alliance is a wonderful clinic that has identified a desperately under-served patient population and is working intensely to meet the need. The rebuilding effort in New Orleans as well as the culture that is so essential to the vibrancy of my city is dependent upon many of NOFHA's patients: the artists with no steady job, the undocumented labor force, the part-time dishwashers. These are the unsung heroes that make New Orleans the world-renowned icon of fun and festival: the overworked and uninsured.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to have this type of clinic offering medical services to my community. I look forward to our continued co-operation and future collboration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As New Orleans faces more budget cuts for community health care, the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance organization is providing critical care to those most in need in the community. By providing cost-effective primary health care the city’s working uninsured population, NOFHA is leading the way in helping members of our community to improve their health and way of living. Their work ensures that our emergency rooms are not overrun and helps to create effective long-term results for the needs of the city.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NOFHA focuses on the short and, more importantly, the long-term needs of underserved community members. As an educator, I find this organization a helpful resource to supply necessary medical information.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I am writing in support of The New Orleans Faith Health Alliance’s (NOFHA). Kaiser Permanente is proud to have been an early corporate supporter of NOFHA. We committed $300,000 over three years to help them with start-up costs. We were attracted to their innovative model to provide affordable coverage and care, as well as their deep commitment to collaboration and community service. In addition to financial support, Kaiser Permanente has shared our health education materials in various languages (our members speak over 120 languages) and have provided pro bono technical assistance in the design of the clinic, sharing what we’ve learned about patient flow, electronic medical record management, efficient use of space, patient privacy, etc. After Hurricane Katrina, we pledged to help communities affected by the storm to recover and rebuild, with a focus on health. Our support of NOFHA is part of that pledge. Each year since 2007, Kaiser Permanente has also sponsored two community service trips per year for 60 of our employees who are helping to rebuild in the Greater New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coast areas. One of last year’s teams enthusiastically assisted in the demolition of the former administrative space in the church property, so that the new NOFHA clinic could be realized.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

What a novel but necessary approach to helping the needy. Not those that are unwilling to help themselves but rather those that, in spite of their hard work and effort, are in need of assistance. I was first introduced to this project by a Bd member, and after attending their open house, at her request, was impressed with the concept and the dedication of the participants. With sufficient funding this program will fill a void that currently exists in our health care/insurance system and will afford the needy employed with the comfort of care that all Americans deserve. If I were to change anything about this organization it would be its lack of public awareness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NOFHA partially fills a huge health care void in the post Katrina New Orleans community. The so called "working poor" who cannot afford a regular health care insurance policy are NOFHA clients, and the professionals at NOFHA do an outstanding job of meeting their needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NOFHA fulfills an important need in the community. It provides a place for the uninsured workers in the New Orleans community to receive primary health care. Additionally, the organization has staff members who are fluent in Spanish to help those workers who do not speak English.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

They provide a very valuable service to this community, at a very low price. They take care of the uninsured.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The New Orleans Faith Health Alliance is bringing an invaluable service to our community by meeting the health related needs of uninsured working adults. Their medical staff are providing these hard working adults with much needed regular health care services and serving as their medical provider home. This ensures that the uninsured no longer must use hospital emergency rooms as their place of first resort and can now receive the much more cost effective, preventive health care that they need and want.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be involved with an organization that offers faith based comprehensive health care to the working uninsured and their families. These are the people who work so hard and yet often "fall btween the cracks." This program offers them a "helping hand," not a handout.What impresses me most about the program is that it is a project of, for and by the faith, health and business communities. It receives no federal or state funding. It offers a medical home for patients, as well as continuity of care and the staff support and education to empower patients to care for themselves and develop/maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shortly after moving to New Orleans I discovered the NOFHA. I was immediately impressed with the vision and professionalism of all those involved. In a little over a year I have watched this organization grow and excite many people in the community.

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