Alabaster Mobile Clinic’s strategy of care is characterized by a “household model,” which means health services are provided through individual home visits within each community or within a central location known and accessible to all community members. This is similar to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Community and Home-Based Health Care Model established in 2003 in Southeast Asia. Alabaster’s team members, accompanied by in-country hosts and interpreters from local NGOs, will enter each home or dwelling, seeking to render family-centered care and improving the health of each member within the household, individually and collectively.
Alabaster believes that those it wishes to serve are the experts of their own health needs. Therefore, care delivery will be based on needs identified by the community and not by what Alabaster perceives to be the pressing need. Alabaster seeks to enhance health maintenance already present and offer assistance elicited by community-led needs analysis and asset mapping.
Alabaster believes the framework for “health” can be defined by the Hebrew term, “Shalom,” which means peace and wholeness. Alabaster believes that true health is achieved when there is peace between the self and self, self and others, self and nature, and self and God. Health then is not merely the absence of disease, but a continual congruence of the mind, body, and spirit, which ultimately enables each person to find his/her true purpose and contribute to his/her family, community, and society at large.
The following conceptual model sums up the overall care delivery model Alabaster follows: