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Our summer music program usually accepts middle school to high schoolers but one year an 8 year old wrote such an amazing hand written letter pleading to be accepted that none of the instructors could say no to her. Her will to learn music and guitar was relentless. She wasn’t charismatic or a star but a quiet determined little girl who knew our program would probably be her only chance to learn music and guitar – and be in a safe nurturing environment. Seeing how shy she was I realized how much it took for her to write that letter to us – she realized our program was the only opportunity she would have to learn music and guitar and be in a safe nurturing environment with other Hmong kids. We saw a shy quiet little 8 year old blossom to someone who would perform in front of 100 people and beam a smile that drew tears from her parents. Something magical happened over the course of 10 weeks.

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People come to Family Tree Clinic because they have been left behind or hurt by larger medical systems. One patient left us this feedback after coming to Family Tree for the first time:

“I’d put off getting some essential health screenings for years. I am a trans person and have had negative experiences in health care. Family Tree provided unbelievable care and made me feel safe and in control of what was happening to my body. Their body positive, consent based, thoughtful approach to health care is amazing.”

There are so many others like this patient who don’t feel safe going to a doctor. When this happens, people lose access to health care. Family Tree believes health care is a human right and our patient-centered approach to providing care is reaching thousands who feel they have no other place to go to get the health care they need and deserve.

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