Our Community began when three local women, each holding the dream of starting a local, holistic health center, met each other in 2011 at Transition Marbletown trainings. Deciding to work together, they went to visit two existing models of holistic health centers: True North in Falmouth, Maine (http://www.truenorthhealthcenter.org) and The Ithaca Health Alliance in Ithaca, New York (http://www.ithacahealth.org.). The staffs at both centers gave generously of their time and shared their policies and procedures. Very inspired by what they saw, they returned home with an even deeper commitment to realize a community dream. Since then, they were joined by seven other local women and men and formed an Organizing Council.
Less than a year after that first meeting of dreams, The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community offered its first Community Holistic Healthcare Day on the first day of Spring (March 20) 2012, and the third Tuesday of every month thereafter. Our dream is to have a building of our own. In the meantime, we are grateful to be offered the free use of The Marbletown Community Center once a month.
Our practitioners are all volunteers. We ask applicants for their credentials: a copy of their licenses and/or ordinations and two letters of reference. We also interview each candidate.
We found this video about a clinic opening in Philadelphia. Though somewhat different from our vision, there are remarkable similarities. It seems that this is a model whose time has come, and so it is appearing in different versions in various locations simultaneously.