Working to provide affordable healthcare services and education to empower women in Georgia.
WORTH formed five years ago when a group of concerned healthcare providers, social workers, and community members came together to discuss ways of resolving the huge disparities in health outcomes for poor women in Northwest Georgia. Women of W.O.R.T.H., Inc. was born in 2008, and continues to operate and expand the range of services based on the needs of the communities it serves.
Q. Who do you serve?
Women and men who are uninsured, under-insured, low-income, from rural areas, minorities, and other marginalized populations.
Q. What is your proudest accomplishment?
Women of W.O.R.T.H, Inc has always been operated entirely by volunteers and has no paid staff. In spite of lacking funding to support a paid staff, and being open only part time, the clinic has grown and expanded from approximately 200 patients in 2008 to over 1200 individuals served in 2013. Our clinic, open three days per week and operated by an all volunteer staff, serves more individuals for family planning, STD testing and treatment, cervical and breast cancer prevention, education and outreach than any other organization in Northwest GA.
Q. What is Women of WORTH’s greatest need?
Women of W.O.R.T.H, Inc desperately needs funding to support a staff and cover some of the operating costs the clinic incurs simply by keeping the doors open. We have always relied on private donations, patient payments, and small grants (less than $5,000) and find it challenging to locate funding sources that are interested in preventative health care.
Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?
Our main goal for 2014 is to complete and submit our application for FQHC Look-Alike designation status. As of now, there are three individuals working on this goal, two of whom are responsible for the clinic’s daily operation.