Supporting your local non-profit health center

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As a non-profit company, health centers such as MEHOP are not focused on treating as many patients as possible, but instead focus on working with each patient to get well, be well and live well. By intent, health centers are located in medically under-served communities such as Matagorda County. Medically under-served communities are those which have a shortage of primary care health services for residents within a geographic area. As most community health centers do, MEHOP offers a variety of comprehensive primary care services that treat the whole person including family medicine, dental, mental health services, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, pediatrics, prescription and other wellness programs.

Beyond those served, local nonprofit organizations should be supported by members of their community. Smaller nonprofit organizations operating within your hometown do not receive the same level of government support as larger non-profits. On average, local nonprofits rely on grassroots efforts to further their missions.

The biggest reason to support local non-profits is the impact your donation has within your own community. These small but mighty organizations are changing the lives of those living within your area. MEHOP is proud to be a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) — part of a network of health providers dedicated to improving the health of their communities.

Local support brings local change. Challenging others to donate to a worthy cause such as community health centers allows you and your neighbors to have access to new resources that focuses on delivering services that respect the diverse cultures and needs of patients.

Community health centers are thriving, patient-centered facilities that practice wellness, collaboration and excellence. They are leading the health care industry with technology including the use of electronic medical records to better coordinate the care their patients receive. Health data is deidentified, compiled and analyzed about their communities to better understand and treat chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes.

Health Centers are led by a Board of Directors with a majority of the members being patients of their centers allowing them to be responsive to the needs of their patients and their communities. Community health centers start with working with you to take an active role in improving and managing your health. We encourage you to take an active role in improving not only your health but the health of your community by supporting your local community health center.

Join MEHOP on April 14th for their annual fundraiser at the Bay City Civic Center. For tickets, or to make a donation or for additional details call 979-245-2082 or go to www.mehop.org. This year’s proceeds will go towards renovations of our original site for employee training and patient education facilities.

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