Guilds Embrace Seattle Children’s Focus on Community Health
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Exemplifies Success
“OBCC goes beyond medical care. The staff lives up to the internal mantra to ‘grow wellness’ and epitomizes what the future of healthcare should be.”
Odessa Brown focus of two newly formed guilds
Seattle Children’s current strategic plan clearly prioritizes community health, community partnerships and a new facility for Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). A community clinic that has served the city’s Central District since 1970, OBCC has long been a model for care delivery that addresses the diverse needs of its families both inside and outside the clinic.
A trusted healthcare home for medical, dental and mental health services, OBCC also offers culturally relevant health programs that include school-based teen health clinics, diabetes prevention programs, legal aid to support healthy home environments and more – all designed to address health and safety concerns before they compromise the well-being of children and their families.
Guilds get behind OBCC
Several guilds have recently focused their efforts on this treasured community resource. After being an advocate and supporter of OBCC for more than 40 years, Micki Flowers has helped launch a new guild to support the clinic. She and Cynthia Huffman will head the Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild to raise both money and citywide awareness for the clinic while hospital leaders decide on a location for a second OBCC site in a much-needed expansion.
“OBCC provides exceptional healthcare for a diverse community, and from the very outset has emphasized quality care with dignity,” says Flowers, a member of the clinic’s advisory board. “The remarkable OBCC team lives up to that mission every day, no matter how difficult the circumstances or great the obstacles. Imagine what they could do if they had more space!”
Off to an exciting start
Flowers was thrilled by the enthusiastic reception the guild received at its first meeting in February, and plans are underway for the first fundraiser.
Guild co-president Huffman, who serves on Seattle Children’s Board of Trustees, believes sharing the OBCC story is key to helping raise awareness around the many things that can affect a child’s health besides a medical condition.
“OBCC goes beyond medical care. The staff lives up to the internal mantra to ‘grow wellness’ and epitomizes what the future of healthcare should be,” she says. “The opportunity to serve even more children and families makes the timing perfect for this new guild.”
The Diversity and Health Equity Guild, recently founded by Elizabeth Wingfield and Aurora Fife, both clinical research associates at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, will also support OBCC. Wingfield and Fife wanted to do something concrete for people who are vulnerable to budget cuts in a climate of uncertainty around healthcare.
“We want to shine a light on the needs of underserved populations,” says Fife. “OBCC is an amazing place, and we want to highlight that, in a time when people are anxious about services possibly going away, OBCC is going to be here. No one is denied care, and no matter what happens, OBCC will be here to help people.”
Starting this year, the Preston Kuppe Guild is donating proceeds from its annual luncheon and auction to OBCC. (This year’s Art à la Carte, held May 5, raised $140,000!)
Says Jolene Logue, guild president and Guild Association board trustee, “We want to help support community outreach because we believe OBCC can help prevent serious illnesses and hospital stays with early detection and care. The clinic is an inspiring place where our guild members can also get personally involved in advancing Seattle Children’s commitment to community health.”