Holistic, Compassionate Care for People Experiencing Homelessness in the Madison Area
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Individuals experiencing housing insecurity have equitable access to housing and healthcare
To provide and coordinate compassionate, holistic healthcare for housing insecure individuals in the Madison Area
MACH OneHealth emerged in the fall of 2015 in meetings between Ann Catlett (internist and palliative medicine specialist at UW-Health, Homeless Services Consortium (HSC) board member), Garrett Lee (former Homeless Services Consortium (HSC) board member, social entrepreneur, community organizer), and William Gilles (DVM, director of WisCARES). William shared that people with companion animals prioritized care for their animals over their own need for medical care. With the HSC Education and Outreach Committee, Garrett conducted a transportation survey that identified healthcare to be widely inaccessible. Ann was approached by homeless agencies and volunteer outreach workers regarding the medical dilemmas of their clients. As MACH OneHealth began to coalesce as an organization, Ruthanne Chun (veterinarian and co-founder of WisCARES) joined in to help guide program development.
STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
We welcome passionate community members to join us in addressing the needs and barriers to care. MACH OneHealth governs with sociocracy to ensure inclusive, equitable, non-hierarchical participation and consent in service of our mission.
As of Spring 2018, there are over 220 volunteer stakeholders helping to fulfill the mission of MACH OneHealth by providing foot care to over 600 happy feet and identifying the needs and barriers of over 120 people surveyed.
MACH OneHealth was recently awarded one of the prestigious Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grants to develop a street medicine outreach program. We launched this program in March 2018 and make weekly rounds in the downtown Madison area. We go to the people on the streets and kindly offer health care with our interprofessional team.
We built upon our two initial programs—a primary care foot clinic and a community health needs assessment. We have learned more about the ongoing need of care for our target population and are developing programming to meet their needs and overcome their barriers.
The Madison Street Medicine Initiative (MSMI) extends our scope of practice to meet people where they reside and connect them to the care they need. We hired Bootsy Harden to coordinate Street Medicine project coordinator.
We are currently fiscally-sponsored by Autonomous Solidarity Organization, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit. We are currently awaiting confirmation of our 501(c)(3) status.
How do I donate money?
Thank you for your considerate and generous spirit! Please consider investing in our mission here. Or simply click the PayPal button below.
How can I get involved?
Thank you for your interest in working to serve our friends experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Please sign up here to help!
We ask that all people looking to help attend a MACH 101 class, which take place on the 4th Monday of every month.
How is MACH OneHealth funded?
The MACH OneHealth Foot Care Clinic was launched with the support of a City of Madison Emerging Opportunities Program grant and many in-kind donations.
The MACH OneHealth Madison Street Medicine Initiative was launched with the support of a prestigious Ira and Ineva Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant and many in-kind donations.
MACH OneHealth general operations are sustained by generous gifts from UW Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter & Quartz, individual donors, and in-kind gifts.
How do I learn more about homelessness in Madison?
You could attend a MACH 101 class, which we offer on the 4th Monday of every month.
The Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County also has a lot of information on homelessness in Madison and Dane County.
Who do I contact MACH OneHealth with other questions?
Please email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!