The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (CMC), founded in 1991, is a state licensed free health clinic and the only organization in the nation devoted solely to providing free complementary integrative medicine to low-income women with cancer.
These treatments – acupuncture, herbs, massage therapy, guided imagery – work in alongside conventional treatments and are powerful tools in managing the disabling side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Although they dramatically ease pain, nausea, and fatigue, they are rarely covered by public or private insurance. Those who cannot pay for them out of pocket are therefore excluded from the benefits offered by these treatments.
CMC provides care for over 800 women in the San Francisco Bay Area with cancer. All CMC clients have incomes of 200% or less of Federal Poverty guidelines. More than 70% are women of color and face increased risk of mortality even when diagnosed at earlier stages of cancer. More than half of all CMC clients are living with advanced cancers. They face an uncertain future and contend with aggressive chemotherapy treatments that dramatically reduce quality of life.
Lack of access to health care also increases the incidence of poorly managed conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and mental health concerns. In short, CMC provides care for some of our community’s most vulnerable and underserved members.
Today, CMC has over 400 highly skilled CIM practitioners and is a national model for successful recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers who provide all treatments and services at no cost to clients. Because English is not the first language for 40% of our clients, CMC has developed an on-site Volunteer Interpreter Program and all client education materials are provided in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
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