Trustee: Native American Health Center

Oakland , CA

Why are you interested in becoming a Trustee?
Native American Health Center would like to contribute toward increasing economic opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area for Native Americans, recognizing that the physical and mental health of Native peoples in the Bay Area is intimately tied to economic wellbeing.
What is the mission of your organization?
Native American Health Center assists American Indians and Alaska Natives to improve and maintain their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for cultural traditions and to advocate for the needs of all Indian people, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.
In the past, how effective have you been in achieving this mission?
In 2011, NAHC provided a range of primary healthcare services to 11,265 patients, with 37,743 clinic visits. Of the patients served in 2011, 97% were under the Federal Poverty Level. NAHC achieved one of its greatest successes in September 2008 when it opened the doors to the Seven Directions Clinic -- a brand new facility that includes a state-of-the-art primary care clinic, 36-units of low-income and affordable family housing, and an outdoor ceremonial courtyard. Seven Directions is the first Native American facility constructed from the ground up in Oakland and stands as a landmark achievement for this generation and a legacy of healthcare for future generations of the Native community. More recently, NAHC has received honors for its innovative programs, including the NAHC school based health centers, the perinatal services program, and smoking cessation counseling programs.
Do you belong to any organizational networks -- nationally, regionally, or locally? If yes, please list.
NAHC is a member of the Alameda Health Consortium (AHC), California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH), National Council for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH), Community Health Center Network (CHCN), the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC); and the Bay Area Coalition of American Indian Resources (BACAIR).
How will you decide who to endorse as a borrower? What due diligence will you conduct?
Entrepreneurs endorsed by NAHC will be backed by the assessment of its Selection Committee: an advisory group of NAHC staff/board with appropriate expertise in areas directly related to assessing the quality of business plans and knowledge of community stewardship. The due diligence components--and weights assigned to each component--are: Fiscal Soundness: 50%, Business Plan: 25%, Community & Cultural Stewardship: 25%. Fiscal Soundness will be assessed by reviewing the long and short term financial goals/projection and the borrower's financial record, especially debt history and credit score. The Business Plan will be assessed by reviewing the quality of proposal in the Background and Experience, Market Analysis and gap to be filled, Work Plan to address the gap, Sustainability plan. Community & Cultural Stewardship will assess evidence of the degree of community involvement/service and/or cultural integrity displayed in the proposed venture.
How do you plan to support the borrower, both before and after the loan is disbursed?
NAHC is prepared to support the borrower with the following: BEFORE THE LOAN: -Coaching and technical assistance in business plan development, where possible. This would occur through regular meetings with an NAHC staff member who will actively work side by side with the entrepreneur to ensure success. -Referral to outside resources or trainings such as Small Business Development Center's online tools for entrepreneurs. AFTER THE LOAN is MADE: -Continuing referral network to other resources. NAHC is in a vital position to aid in systems navigation among area resource agencies and build confidence in entrepreneurial skills for borrowers. -Media support & promotion through our in-house Media Center. Promote the entrepreneur through our Facebook (currently 13,000 subscribers), assist in creating business cards or other print materials needed. -Hiring for services through NAHC, where appropriate. For example, hiring a caterer for events. -Showcasing and honoring the entrepreneur at NAHC events such as Powwow or food/arts fairs to raise visibility. We hope to eventually feature entrepreneur products in an Native entrepreneurship section of our website.
How will you help us ensure that the loans you endorse have a significant and positive social impact?
NAHC emphasizes entrepreneurs whose proposals reclaim community sense of self-reliance and move away from a dependency model. Our goal is to support entrepreneurs in increasing self-sufficiency without sacrificing cultural integrity. Key indicators to ensure social impact are: The number of community members employed or otherwise directly benefited by the business. The percentage of revenue retained within the community as a result of the business. Levels of pride and confidence as expressed confidence of the borrower.

About Native American Health Center

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Community health clinic
Paused Tier trustee
On Zip Since:
Dec 6, 2012
(44 months)
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