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Let's build a Holistic Community Clinic in Taos!

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Lilly-Marie Blecher

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The  Short Story: We are a group of holistic practitioners joining with community members and organizations to build a Community Clinic in Taos, New Mexico.  Our vision is to build an enduring community clinic that provides access to the full spectrum of healthcare options to the greater community of northern New Mexico.  Our mission statement is: Crossroads Community Health Clinic Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and affordable healthcare to the residents of northern New Mexico. We use a broad spectrum of healthcare services to empower individuals and the community to achieve their fullest potential.  Our programs include: * Diagnosis, treatment and counseling using naturopathic and holistic practices. * Discounted or free services to the medically underserved. * Education for the public and patients about holistic and naturopathic healing. * Training for student health-service providers.  This GoFundMe campaign is a first step in building the infrastructure to have a successful, established, and enduring community clinic in Taos. The money raised through this campaign will be used to pay for: * legal and organizational costs associated with establishing the non profit * grant writing and research to build an economically viable non profit * purchase a small plot of land to build the permanent home for the clinic * begin to cover materials costs in establishing a modern and well equiped community clinic * begin to establish the fund to cover costs for serving patients and clients who cannot afford to pay for services. We are deeply grateful to the community members and organizations who are already supporting this vision, and we are grateful to you for reading this and for supporting us in any way you are able.  If you would like updates on our progress, please include your email and we will be sending out periodic updates.  If you are able to help financially, we are deeply grateful and we love that you share this vision. If you are a local land owner who is able to donate land for our permanent home, your timing couldn't be better.  If you think of other ways you would like to be involved- as a practitioner, student, builder, volunteer, grant writer, or in any other creative capacity, we welcome your involvement, and we simply can't do it without you.  Let's work together and provide a holistic community clinic for northern New Mexico, and let's build a model that other communities can use to improve the health and wellbeing of all of their citizens! Please read "The Long Story" that follows for background and for a greater understanding of our vision.  Thank you for your interest in this project!! The Long Story: My name is Lilly-Marie Blecher.  When I was in my late teens and early 20's I traveled from my home in New York City across the country, to Australia and to Mexico.  I loved to travel and I felt called to find my own path in life by exploring other places and cultures.  After a few years of being a stranger in strange and new places, I found myself desperate to have a roll, a calling, a function in the world.  I wanted to be more than an observer, I wanted to participate in helping the world become better, healthier, more productive.  And with that I wanted to become better, healthier, and more productive myself.   I found myself in Portland, Oregon, and I was exhausted, sick, and feeling deeply aimless.  I went to a clinic called Outside In that offered low to no cost holistic and conventional treatment for people who couldn't otherwise afford those services.  I met the director of the Chinese Medicine clinic, David Frierman, and I asked for his help- both to cure my physical body, and also to find a direction, a way to be a participant in the world community.   David took me under his wing as his apprentice, and over the next eleven years I studied Chinese Medicine under him.  I started by mopping the floor when it flooded, plunging the toilet in the aging house where the clinic was located at the time, mixing herbs for formulas, doing moxabustion on patients, and helping the student clinicians and David in any way they requested.  David guided me back to college, where I completed my premedical degree.  I then moved on to Naturopathic and Chinese medical school, where I completed a six year masters in Chinese Medicine and Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.  By the end of medical school, I had been studying with David at Outside in for eleven years.  I had also worked in a number of capacities at Outside In- in reception, triage, in the Naturopathic Clinic as well as the Chinese Medicine Clinic.   It became clear that my calling was not only to be a holistic physician, but also to serve in public health, and to offer greater access to holistic medicine, especially to those who cannot otherwise afford it.  The model that I learned at Outside In is unique in that it makes the whole range of medical options available to everyone.  The community of Portland is deeply impacted by Outside In and other community clinics because the possibility exists for everyone to become well, healthy and whole, regardless of their income, addiction status, or housing status.  These clinics provide a safety net, and the physical, emotional and psychological impact of this safety net cannot be overstated. I learned through my years working and learning there that a clinic can help a community to fulfill its greatest potential by offering the kind of care that Outside In does. When I graduated from Medical School I was honored to be offered a residency in Conneticut with Jim Sensenig.  In my residency I learned from Jim and all of the holistic and conventional practitioners he included in my training, and I was exposed to clinical work in many settings, including private practice, group practice, non profit, for profit, and hospital settings.  When I left Connecticut and moved to Taos, New Mexico, I opened a small private practice in a birth center with other practitioners, all practicing seperately. But my experience in the community clinic setting has never faded as a dream for me.  When I practice in Taos, I am accutely aware of the fact that there are thousands of people in this community who cannot access my care. When I interact in my community, I cannot help but notice how many people are sick, tired, poor, and are not fullfilling their fullest potential in their relationships, work and their community.  In a small community like Taos, it is easy to recognize the ways that our small economy and community are impacted by the lack of wellness of our population.  Although Taos is famous as a magical and healing place, the lion share of our residents are poor, sick, and cut off from access to the full spectrum of healing modalities that exist in our community. After being blessed with a son, Max, I have felt the call to open a community clinic with greater urgency.  I want Max to grow up in a community with well citizens.  I want Max to grow up in a family where his parents are leaders in improving their community, and I want Max to feel empowered to improve the world around himself. Fortunately, I have been blessed to meet a number of other practitioners who share this vision with me. This is where the story shifts from "I" to "we."  We have connected and formed a little team of massage therapists, counselors, and other holistic practitioners, and we have begun the long journey of actualizing a community clinic in Taos.   Thus far, we have applied for non profit status and are waiting for approval.  We have connected with the local earthship community, a vibrant group of builders and visionaries who have volunteered to build a permanent home for the clinic in the summer of 2017.  We have initiated fundraising activities, including plans for local auctions, musical fundraisers, and tabling activities.  We have a list of grant writers lined up to begin grant writing when our non profit status is approved.  We have connected with a committee affiliated with our local hospital and have their support.  We have connected with the local branch of the University of New Mexico, and have the intention to offer to work with them in a training capacity.    We have a name:  We are Crosroads Community Health Clinic. Our mission statement is as follows: Crossroads Community Health Clinic Inc. is dedicated to providing effective and affordable healthcare to the residents of northern New Mexico. We use a broad spectrum of healthcare services to empower individuals and the community to achieve their fullest potential.  Our programs include: * Diagnosis, treatment and counseling using naturopathic and holistic practices. *  Discounted or free services to the medically underserved. *  Education for the public and patients about holistic and naturopathic healing. *  Training for student health-service providers.  This GoFundMe campaign is a first step in building the infrastructure to have a successful, established, and enduring community clinic in Taos.  The money raised through this campaign will be used to pay for: * legal and organizational costs associated with establishing the non profit * grant writing and research to build an economically viable non profit * purchase a small plot of land to build the permanent home for the clinic * begin to cover materials costs in establishing a modern and well equiped community clinic. * begin to establish the fund to cover costs for serving patients and clients who cannot afford to pay for services. We are deeply grateful to the community members and organizations who are already supporting this vision, and we are grateful to you for reading this and for supporting us in any way you are able.  If you would like updates on our progress, please include your email and we will be sending out periodic updates.  If you are able to help financially, we are deeply grateful and we love that you share this vision. If you are a local land owner who is able to donate land for our permanent home, your timing couldn't be better.  If you think of other ways you would like to be involved- as a practitioner, student, builder, volunteer, grant writer, or in any other creative capacity, we welcome your involvement, and we simply can't do it without you.  Let's work together and provide a holistic community clinic for northern New Mexico, and let's build a model that other communities can use to improve the health and wellbeing of all of their citizens!

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