LOCAL FOUNDATION OFFERS ALTERNATIVE
TO VITAL HEALTHCARE BY JOANNE GRIFFITH
A distinctive pink building on Pico Blvd.
in Los Angeles screams nightclub from the
front, but head down the driveway, and
you’ll discover a healthcare revolution.
As politicians battle over universal healthcare on Capitol Hill, the Village Health
Foundation has served over 87,000 patients since its doors opened in 2001. The
vision of community health advocate, Jewel
Thais-Williams, the Village Health Foundation has an ‘East meets West is best’ philosophy. The alternative health clinic started
life offering nontoxic treatments to people
with HIV/AIDS. Today, the Village Health
Foundation takes a mind, body and spirit
approach to community health care.
As a result of the location, the Village
Health Foundation caters to a large African
American and Latino clientele. Much of the
work focuses on prevalent issues in these
communities, including addressing diabetes,
hypertension, and obesity. Treatments range
from acupuncture and Chinese medicine, to
workshops on Yoga and meditation.
The event will also launch the Youth Leadership Academy, an educational facility with
a focus on wellness, college preparation and
career development for youth who age out of
the foster care system.
Speaking on the Village Health Foundation's
anniversary celebrations, Thais-Williams says,
“Access to healthcare shouldn't be dependent
on your finances and nor should your future be
determined by access to resources. While poli-
ticians argue, there are basic needs to be met
on a daily basis. This is the work we continue
to do through the Foundation and the new
Members of the public are invited to nomi-
nate candidates for the 'Health Ambassador'
category. Nominations are open now through
Friday July 8.
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