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), 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.
The co-founders organized others to address the needs and barriers to care. MACH OneHealth governs with sociocracy to ensure accessible, equitable, non-hierarchical participation and consent.
As of Summer 2017, there are over 120 volunteer stakeholders helping to fulfill the mission of MACH OneHealth by providing foot care to over 400 happy feet and identifying the needs and barriers of over 140 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 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 are hiring!
We are currently fiscally-sponsored by Autonomous Solidarity Organization, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit. We are currently filing for our own 501(c)(3) status.