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Healthcare is a Human Right

Bearsville, New York

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Healthcare is a Human Right is an organization committed to bringing holistic wellness care to all, regardless of socio-economic status. HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT (HCHR) is a grassroots organization committed to bringing holistic health care to all, regardless of socio-economic status or ability to pay. Our first clinic opened its doors in the spring of 2003 in Kingston, NY with 8 practitioners assisting over 25 people. HCHR now operates free community clinics in Woodstock, Phoenicia, and Kingston, and a monthly outreach clinic at the homeless shelter in Kingston, NY. We are affiliated with Family of Woodstock, a United Way agency, serving the tri-county area of the Mid-Hudson Valley. All treatments and services are provided by a volunteer faculty of exemplary and dedicated professionals who are licensed and certified in a variety of healing modalities. Donations from our community and clients, as well monetary grants, help defray expenses. In-house exchanges further support our clinics. OUR GOALS: - provide consistent and ongoing care to our local communities. - expand awareness, knowledge, and first hand experience of holistic healing modalities. - educate the public about wellness and sickness prevention. - build community centered healthcare dedicated to individual and collective wellness. - create a model for other communities across the country, making holistic wellness more accessible. - develop teams of healers to provide quality, affordable holistic wellness-care to everyone in the community. - support a community of compassionate and inspired healers A TYPICAL CLINIC Healthcare Is a Human Right is a suitcase (mobile) clinic that provides its services through the generosity of several Ulster County localities. Clinics are held in churches, hotels and community centers. Each HCHC clinic completes up to 60 treatments, utilizing the services of volunteer healthcare providers over a 3-4 hour period. Clients are encouraged to call for an appointment and may request a particular modality or practitioner, but walk-ins are welcome. Specific treatments may be recommended by our triage staff, based on intake evaluations. Clients are often able to receive more than one treatment during a single clinic depending on staffing and the number of appointments available. All HCHR faculty are available for follow ups. update 8.13.12 Operates suitcase (mobile) clinics in several Ulster County localities. Clinics are usually in community centers. Each HCHR clinic completes up to 60 treatments, utilizing the services of volunteer healthcare providers over a 3-4 hour period. Healthcare is a Human Right was founded in 2003 by Susan Weeks, Physician Assistant, Vicky O’Dougherty Homeopath, Susan Bissonnett, RN, and Jill Elliot, DMV. Susan Weeks nurtured the clinics and developed the faculty until 2007, when Julia Rose, L.Ac joined her as co-director, expanding the scope and vision of Healthcare is a Human Right. Suzie Cahill joined in 2008 as Administrative Assistant, bringing her talents for organization and efficiency to HCHR. Since its inception, Healthcare is a Human Right has operated free clinics in Woodstock, Phoenicia, and Kingston in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, under the auspices of Family of Woodstock. Healthcare is a Human Right has a volunteer faculty of exemplary and dedicated professionals in the following modalities: acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massage, homeopathy, energy psychology, shiatsu massage, flower essences, reflexology, reiki, feldenkrais, chiropractic, nutritional counseling, and aromatherapy. At present, our clinics are held quarterly in each of our three locations: Woodstock, Phoenicia, and Kingston, NY.

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