On yet another day that the Affordable Care Act is hot in the news, one of my clients is quietly going about their business—lifting up families by providing medical and dental care to some of the most diverse and underserved populations in the Seattle area. Nonprofit HealthPoint has been increasing access to health care for over 42 years, with 17 clinics now from Bothell to Federal Way. Their commitment to improving the life of communities through affordable health care not only covers the basics we’ve all come to rely on, but expands the growing notion of “health” to include integrated natural medicine, including naturopathy, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and more.
HealthPoint had their annual fundraiser “Kaleidoscope” earlier this month, and I was pleased to design the invitation and other materials promoting this worthy event. The evening included a dinner and raise-the-paddle, with author Sherman Alexie as the keynote speaker. I have been a fan of Sherman Alexie from his many interviews on our local public radio station KUOW, where his take on current events was always cutting, hilarious and honest. I expected the same from him at the fundraiser, but was not prepared for how personal and inspiring his speech would also be. In addition to comical stories about fatherhood, race and education, Alexie shared his experiences growing up with sparse access to poor medical care on the Spokane Indian Reservation and how that affected his outlook on life and his ability to trust people in power. Correcting those inequalities is what HealthPoint does everyday, making his speech terribly relevant and uplifting.
For more information about HealthPoint, visit their website: www.healthpointchc.org
A funny ending to the night—donors at a certain level received a signed book by Sherman Alexie… as a slave to the ferry schedule, I had to run before my book could be signed and another nice donor said she’d get mine signed and then leave it with my client. The next day, my client couldn’t wait for me to see it—apparently Alexie had been drawing pictures for most of the donors.