I am nominating Integrative Care Outreach (ICO) because no other organization in the region thus far offers the services that we do. Integrative Care Outreach is a 501(c)3 medical non-profit that was initially formed in August 1999 by a small group of medical students and homeless advocates who were concerned that the benefits of alternative health care were becoming exclusively available to the wealthier segments of society. ICO’s current mission is to bring quality holistic and integrative health care to people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in King County by circumventing barriers to access such as income, location, disability, race, and housing inequalities. ICO is the county’s only team-based, mobile clinical approach to increase health equity by offering 100% free naturopathic care, acupuncture and massage therapy services to those at homeless shelters, youth shelters, and low-income housing buildings. ICO offers a medical team consisting of licensed naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and Bastyr naturopathic medical students.
ICO seeks the Generation Hope grant to fund expansion of their medical services to the YWCA of Seattle. Due to the current political and social climate and the increasing rates of homelessness and poverty in Seattle, ICO’s free healthcare services are in high demand at this location. ICO is excited to partner with the YWCA because they are equally driven to champion social justice, empower women, and eliminate racism. Their services include an emergency shelter, affordable housing, economic empowerment, domestic violence support, and youth programs.