We are on a mission to bridge gaps in the Madison area healthcare system by connecting with people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity with compassion and respect. We envision a community where individuals experiencing housing insecurity have equitable housing and healthcare.
Our story: In the autumn of 2015, a group of concerned activists, outreach workers, and medical personnel came together to address a set of major issues in the Madison area. Throughout the city, people experiencing homelessness were going without essential medical care, for everything from diabetes to foot injuries to chemotherapy follow-up. Some existing organizations, as well as trained and untrained volunteers, were trying to help individual sufferers, but nothing existed that truly got at the roots of the problem. From these discussions, Madison Area Care for the Homeless OneHealth (MACH1) emerged.
Over the years, MACH1 has emerged as a community leader in providing and coordinating compassionate, holistic healthcare for individuals experiencing homelessness. The organization now consists of over 230 active volunteers and one paid part-time staff member, and carries out a variety of services tailored to the unique needs of our patients:
- Community Health Needs Assessment: Survey of individuals experiencing homelessness; barriers to healthcare identified included access, transportation, cost, and lack of trust
- Foot Care Clinics: Monthly clinics provide essential foot care, socks, and shoes to approximately 40 patients every other month
- Madison Street Medicine Initiative: Weekly rounds provide direct medical care, social support, and care coordination to an average of 2.5 patients per week and engaging meaningfully with 5-10 other individuals experiencing homelessness
- Care Connections: Volunteers accompany clients to the doctor’s office, emergency room and/or hospital to assist with advocacy and care coordination and are a presence at other outreach events
In 2020 and beyond, we will continuously support and expand our existing services and assess what additional programs are needed.
It is our belief that healthcare is intrinsically connected to all aspects of a person's wellbeing, and we are proud to help fulfill this fundamental human need.
Our Board members provide guidance by contributing to the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. They have responsibility for overseeing maintenance of legal and ethical standards and participate in maintaining connections with external persons, organizations, agencies, and any other bodies necessary to the development and functioning of MACH OneHealth.
Specific skills in one or more of the following areas of expertise will be especially considered: data development and analysis for needs assessment; business, finances and accounting; human resources experience especially management of volunteer workforce.
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