December 2023
Sexual Health
Hedda Fay

Give a Little, Help a Lot!

In the vast landscape of Yavapai County, where rural communities are scattered, access to comprehensive healthcare services is often a challenge. But nestled in the heart of our region is a beacon of health and hope: the Northland Cares rural healthcare clinic. Specializing in HIV care, medical case management, HIV-prevention strategies, testing services, PrEP, PEP and hepatitis-C curative services, our clinic plays a pivotal role in transforming lives. In this column I’ll delve into the critical importance of donations, illustrating how even a modest contribution can have a profound impact on our local healthcare landscape.

Comprehensive HIV Care: Our clinic is a lifeline for individuals living with HIV in Yavapai County. Donations support the provision of state-of-the-art medical care, ensuring that patients receive the attention, medication, and support necessary for managing their condition. This comprehensive approach not only improves the health of individuals, but also reduces the transmission of the virus within our community.

Medical Case Management: Donations play a crucial role in sustaining our medical case-management services, which guide our patients through the complexities of our healthcare system. Case managers ensure that individuals receive timely and appropriate care, navigate insurance processes, adhere to treatment plans and provide our patients with the support they need. Case managers help provide housing and utility-payment assistance, as well as vision and dental care. They are essential to our medical team, removing barriers that can prevent patients from taking their antiretroviral medications, and as a result 94% of our patients have undetectable viral loads, which means there is less HIV in our county.

HIV Strategies PrEP and PEP: Beyond treatment, our clinic is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV. We provide PrEP services to people throughout the county and surrounding areas, and are available for PEP emergencies, such as needle-stick injuries and sexual assault, 24-7. Donations support education and access programs for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), two crucial prevention strategies. We also provide medical case-management services to people using HIV-prevention strategies such as PrEP and emergency HIV medication, PEP. This personalized approach enhances health outcomes and empowers individuals to take control of their wellbeing.

By contributing, you actively participate in breaking the cycle of transmission and safeguarding the health of our community.

Rapid Testing Services: Our clinic’s commitment to accessibility includes rapid HIV and hepatitis-C testing. Donations directly impact our ability to offer these services promptly, offering timely diagnosis, counseling, and support. Early detection not only improves individual health outcomes, but also contributes to community-wide disease-prevention efforts.

Mobile Health Unit: Donations fuel the operation of our mobile health unit, a literal lifeline reaching the farthest corners of Yavapai County. This unit extends the reach of our clinic, taking essential services directly to underserved communities. Your contribution helps us provide medical care, testing and prevention services to more people, reducing barriers to access and promoting overall community health.

Qualified Charitable Organization: Northland Cares is a 501c3 nonprofit Qualified Charitable Organization. We have been recognized by the IRS as charitable, meaning your donations are tax-deductible. By donating to us you are choosing to support a cause you believe in, and you can enjoy financial incentives that make your philanthropy more cost-effective. You can take control of where your tax dollars go rather than leave your tax contribution solely to government allocations, choosing to have the money align with your values and priorities. This empowerment offers you a sense of agency in shaping the positive impact you hope to see in your community and beyond. Your tax-deductible donations to Northland Cares allow you to support healthcare and medical justice while championing a cause and making a tangible difference in our community. You get a dollar-per-dollar deduction from your state tax burden. Individuals can donate up to $400, and couples $800. So if you owe the state of Arizona $400 in state taxes and donate $300 to Northland Cares, you’ll only owe $100 to the state. (I’m not a tax professional and can’t provide tax advice, so I recommend you speak with your tax professional for guidance.)

Our rural healthcare clinic stands as a testament to the transformative power of accessible and comprehensive healthcare. Your donation, no matter the size, is the force behind our ability to provide vital services to Yavapai County’s diverse population. By contributing you become an agent of positive change, supporting not only the health of individuals, but also the wellbeing of our entire community. Together, let’s continue building a healthier, more resilient county, where every donation, no matter how modest, truly helps a great deal!

We’re all busy and passionate people hoping to affect change, and your continuing support for Northland Cares does that in your community. This is Hedda Fay, thanking you for being a friend of Northland Cares and supporting our mission for a healthier Yavapai County.

Hedda Fay, the Community Outreach and Program Manager of Northland Cares, answers your questions about sex and sexual health.