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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
It is a great pleasure to work with such dedicated people. Their passion for the common well-being is essential to the recovery and survival of our city. Their unconditional support and service prove their commitment to helping the working uninsured and their families receive affordable and quality health care. There are not enough words to express how influential and beneficial their impact on the community has been; especially the Spanish-speaking community. On behalf of everyone in our program, we want to sincerely thank NOFHA for the unwavering efforts to make New Orleans a healthier and happier place, one patient at a time.
Review from Guidestar
This is an amazing operation. It is the only clinic in the New Orleans area that serves exclusively the working uninsured. It does so only with donations, modest fees from the clients, and grants. NOFHA does not accept federal funds because it enrolls only people who are working and do not have health insurance. NOFHA emphasizes patient responsibility and helps the patient (and the health worker volunteers) realize the contribution spirituality and life style make to health. It is a beautiful example of the way health can should be offered in any country.
In a city where health care is scarce for the uninsured and low socio-economic population, NOFHA is one of the places people can go and get quality care. Their program encourages healthy/wellness practices and health education in addition to the provision of services in an accepting and caring atmosphere. They provide services in Spanish as well as English, serving a growing population in the city. Their staff is knowledgable, considerate, and professional. We have openly shared information between our organizations to improve access, processes and services.