Founded by Renee Grier, ARNP and Gazelle Lange, CNM, Womankind began seeing patients March 15, 2001. Establishing our practice involved overwhelming community support and participation. The goal of having a center for health care that was respectful and empowering to women motivated many volunteers – men and women – into action.
That grassroots spirit continues as we enter our second decade. Womankind has grown and flourished but the vision set forth by our founders is the backbone of our organization.
Womankind is a medical center providing high-quality family planning and primary health care to people of all income levels.
Through increased accessibility to clinical services, collaboration with other community resources, community outreach and extensive client education, the goals of Womankind are to:
- Educate women and their families within the full scope of health and wellness.
- Assist women to become active participants in their own health care.
- Reduce the incidence and transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Increase early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancer.
- Reduce the rate of births to teens and improve pregnancy outcomes.
At Womankind we believe that all women should have access to the health care provider and facility of their choice, regardless of income, insurance provider, employment status, immigration status, color, religion or any other potential barrier to quality health care.
We believe that each woman has the ultimate right and responsibility of choice in all health care decisions, which are made within the context of her unique family, culture, religion and community.
We believe that optimum health involves the total woman, mind, body and spirit, and the best health care is care that recognizes and respects this interdependence.
We believe that the health of the individual women of our community affects the strength of the community as a whole.
We (women) are the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters, who are the leaders, teachers, caregivers and nurturers of those who will follow.
We can only teach what we have been taught, can only give what we have been given.
To inhibit the full potential of any one of us diminishes our community as a whole.
At Womankind we shall:
*Strive to provide women’s health care that is above accepted standards of care.
*Strive to be leaders within the health care community and the profession.
*Provide care which is equally accessible and of equal quality, to all women, in a caring and safe environment.
*Focus on disease prevention through client education, enabling clients to make safe, informed health care and lifestyle choices within the context of their experience, culture and community.
*Strive to provide care that recognizes the interdependence of mind, body and spirit, and offers women alternatives in their health care, and access to many types of complimentary care.
*Develop a model of care that could be replicated in other areas.
*Create a working environment that is friendly, caring and professionally satisfying for our clients and staff.