Last week we discussed philanthropic capitalism and why “Purpose” needs to be added to the marketing mix model. This week let us spotlight the Church Health Center.
Founded in 1987 by Dr. Scott Morris, a family practice physician and ordained minister, the Church Health Center provides quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families. The organization focuses on serving the gap of individuals who have jobs, many times employed part-time or making minimum wage, but do not make enough to afford health insurance or access to quality healthcare. Thanks to support from the Mid-South faith community and its unique volunteer-driven model, the Church Health Center has grown to become the largest faith-based healthcare organization of its type in the country.
The Church Health Center cares for almost 60,000 patients of record without relying on any government funding. Fees are charged on a sliding scale based on income and the average visit costs only about $25. That average is impressive considering it covers everything from simple doctor examinations to broken bones, diabetes treatments, and even specialized surgeries. Apart from community support, what makes it possible is an amazing network of doctors, nurses, dentists, and other specialists, who all volunteer their time. Movements start with small actions and Dr. Morris has been able to recruit hundreds of medical professionals and make a profound impact in our community by asking them to each commit just a few hours per month to serve.
The Church Health Center applies a holistic approach to well-being, tying together body, mind, and spirit. They are committed to health education and prevention with a Wellness Center that includes a certified Medical Fitness Facility, cooking classes and exercise classes for adults and children alike. The Center is much more than a gym and is open to the public for membership.
Consider taking a tour or lending your expertise as a volunteer. There are countless opportunities to help with things like office support, aquatics, child education, and events. Check out Dr. Morris’ blog or read one of his books, like “God, Health, and Happiness.” Learn more at www.ChurchHealthCenter.org.