January 2016: e-Newsletter
6th Annual Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiser
Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a delicious cupcake from Blackbird Bakery, and that cupcake tastes even sweeter when it helps working, uninsured individuals access quality, compassionate, charitable health care. Healing Hands Health Center is now accepting cupcake orders for our 6th Annual “Sweets for the Sweet” Cupcake Fundraiser!
Each donation helps underwrite the cost of patient care expenses which includes medical, dental and vision services. Your generous donation of $50 will include a hand delivered cupcake surprising the person of your choice on Friday, February 12th (or Thursday, February 11th if you note that the school/business will be closed on Friday), a personalized card with your special message and a note saying, “a gift has been made to Healing Hands Health Center in your honor”. Cupcakes are beautifully designed and graciously donated by Blackbird Bakery of Bristol, Virginia.
This year, we brought back the opportunity for you to anonymously “Surprise a Senior” with a cupcake and special message. We will deliver to local nursing home, shut-ins and hospitals surprising people who are often forgotten. Won’t you help us make someone’s day?
Orders of ten or more cupcakes will receive the cupcakes for a donation of just $25 each.
For more information and to order online visit Sweets for the Sweet Cupcake Fundraiser
A big thank you to Linda Wilkinson, CEO of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and Kathryn Zapach, Director of Member Support for VAFCC, for attending our Board retreat and providing valuable information about growing our ministry and continuing to meet the needs in our region. Healing Hands has been a member of the VAFCC for 14 years.
Our 2016 Board of Directors
Positioning Ourselves For Growth
On Saturday, January 13th we had our annual Board of Directors retreat and set goals for 2016. We are so excited to continue providing high quality, charitable healthcare to the hard working, uninsured residents in our community, and are excited to now have the space to widen our reach and expand our services to help those in places who are often left out and falling through the cracks.
In 2016, we will…
- Provide more than 8,000 patient visits to working, uninsured residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
- Expand our service area for dental to include Buchanan, Dickenson, Wise, Tazewell, Lee and Scott counties in Southwest Virginia and Hawkins, Greene, Carter and Johnson for Northeast Tennessee.
- Add two additional areas of coverage for our medical department. We will now provide care to those in Abingdon, Bristol VA/TN, Bluff City, Blountville, Elizabethton and Piney Flats.
Recruit… Recruit… Recruit….
We need more professional volunteers! Do you or someone you know practice in the medical, dental, vision, chiropractic or counseling fields? Please contact Amy Moseley at 423.652.0260 ext. 256 or Amy@healinghandshealthcenter.org for information about getting involved. We need your help as we continue serving those who would otherwise have no place to go!
Kick off our Passport to Health Wellness Program! Our goal is to educate and equip patients of Healing Hands to live healthier lives! See more information below.
Launch the Public Phase of our Capital Campaign. We’ve set a goal to raise an additional $1.8 million dollars for program/operational funding via an Endowment over the next 3 years. Our goal is to focus on sustainability so we are here long-term to care for those in need. For more information about how you can give, please contact Helen Scott at 423.360.5192 or Helen@healinghandshealthcenter.org.
Pictured (L to R) Front Row: Greg Neal, Candy Snodgrass, Helen Scott (Executive Director), Becky Moore and Dr. Dave Arnold (Medical Director).
Back Row (L to R): Joe Lawson, Eric Fields, Randy Sharrow, Ben Phillips, Dr. Brandon Roller, Dr. Brad Miller, Brad Knoll and Gary McGeough.
Not Pictured: Dr. Mike Gilles, Dr. Matt Luff, Peggy Littleton, Saul Hernandez, Dean Tillison and Chris Lee.
Giving Kids a Smile and Our Adult Dental Department
On January 8th, Healing Hands donated 100 kids dental kits to Lebanon Memorial UMC for their missions trip to El Salvador. Kits included a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and two minute timer.
On January 12th, Brittany attended SWVA’s Feeding America in Ft. Chiswell and handed out 302 adults and 68 children toothbrushes, toothpastes and packs of dental floss.
On Wednesday, January 13th, Healing Hands donated 100 adult dental kits to Bristol Regional ER Department. Our clinic is now able to accept dental referrals from the Emergency Department at our local hospital and urgent care(s). The partnership with the University of Tennessee has allowed us to not only widen our reach but to expand our services. Patients who visit the Emergency Department for dental pain incur (on average) a $1,200 bill that often goes unpaid.
Two of our days in January were cancelled due to snow schedule, unfortunately!
February Schedule (to-date):
- 2nd- Bluff City Head Start & Parent Meeting
- 9th- Weaver Head Start Parent Meeting
- 18th- Fordtown Baptist Academy
- 23rd- Florida Avenue Head Start Parent Meeting
- 25th- Colonial Heights UMC Daycare
If you or someone you know could benefit from our pediatric dental outreach program, or if you know of an underserved group of children, please contact Brittany Robinson at Brittany@healinghandshealthcenter.org. for more information and to schedule.
As always, thank you to Delta Dental of Tennessee and the United Company Foundation for their support of our dental department!
Passport to Health: Helping the People of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Live Healthier Lives!
Did you know that: With the fourth highest obesity rate in America, 31.2% of adult Tennesseans are obese? The state’s obesity rate more than doubled during the past quarter century, leading to significantly higher incidents of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and hyperlipidemia. Sadly, obesity rates in Northeast Tennessee are among the highest in the state: 36.4% of adults in Healing Hands’ service area are obese. In children, the rates are even higher, where 44.9% of eighth graders in Sullivan County are obese.
As a community leader in providing exceptional treatment for the growing number of people who don’t qualify for Medicaid or benefits under the Affordable Care Act, Healing Hands hopes to launch a comprehensive Wellness Program aimed at prevention, intervention and education in 2016. We want to enable Tennesseans to break the cycle of health neglect, replacing poor choices with healthy ones.
Sedentary lifestyles and poor nutrition have dramatically increased the pervasiveness of obesity in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and with it, increased risk for diabetes and diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and numerous cardiovascular conditions. This program will equip and empower thousands of Northeast Tennesseans and Southwest Virginians to take greater responsibility for their health and for the health of their family members.
Our program will be called Passport to Health and it will be a comprehensive wellness program that focuses on reducing and preventing health risk factors. Of the more than 500+ medical patients we currently treat annually, we expect that more than half will benefit from programs designed to help them learn about behavior change, nutrition, stress management, and fitness; we also anticipate nearly doubling the number of patients we can treat with the addition of volunteer Nurse Practitioners.
Each week, patients enrolled in Passport to Health will participate in classes and counseling sessions focused on the following topics: science of exercise and weight loss; nutrition; purchasing and preparing healthy meals; stress management; and introduction to fitness with an ultimate goal of the reforming the patients’ habits and reducing the amount of medication they have to take.
Giving a Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out
Since opening our doors in 1997, we’ve been able to provide the working, uninsured of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with the following:
- 68,000 adult patient visits since opening our doors which means we’ve served more than 8,000 individual people with a small staff and volunteers.
- We had over 279 professional and lay volunteers in 2015 (up from 148 in 2009-2014) add to our total number of volunteer hours which is nearly 100,000!
- We’ve been able to provide more than $23,000,000 worth of free medication to people who are working to provide for themselves and their families, and who would otherwise go without.
- Since starting the Pediatric Dental Outreach Program in August 2014, we’ve been able to educate more than 10,000 children and their families about proper oral hygiene and health eating habits, and provide each of them with a free toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a two-minute timer.
Clinic Tours Every Wednesday at 10:30 am
Just a reminder, we provide clinic tours every Wednesday at 10:30 am. Come see what God is doing through our ministry!
As always, thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t do it without you!