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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

4

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.