One Health Service Offers Love, Free of Charge

The Native Health Initiative's Loving Service spans four states, and has an ambitious goal.

By Jamilah King May 16, 2011

Today’s love comes from reader Anthony Fleg and the Native Health Initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since 2004, NHI has instituted the Loving Service across four states, which they describe as a "communal ethic of trusting friendships that are the foundation for addressing injustices and moving toward a more equitable, caring society." In practice, it’s a partnership across the area’s tribes that opens the door to interns from local health professions to provide low-cost health services to the community. It’s a particular important endeavor for Native American communities that are constantly besieged by health inequities.

Why is it called the Loving Service? Simple. Because everyone involved acts purely out of love. The program exists on little to no budget. "Loving service is our way of describing the currency of Indian communities," its founder describe. 

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