As you probably know, the town of Mariposa has been evacuated for most of this week due to the Detwiler fire. At this time, roads remain closed, with there is rumor that SOME of the residents may be allowed back in as early as today. But so far 55 homes have been destroyed. We know that one Elder has lost her home. Many MACT employees have been displaced as well and most are not working. The clinic remains closed to date. In response to staff requests, we are starting a food drive today. A flyer will be attached to the email that goes out when a new blog is announced, but any non-perishable food items (dry boxed or canned), toiletries (soap, shampoo, razors, etc) and other necessities (Dog/cat food, baby formula, diapers, etc.)will be collected between now and Monday. If they re-open the town, we plan on distributing the food/gift bags as soon as Wednesday. If there are delays getting in, we will distribute on Friday of next week. Please don’t delay if you plan to donate as we need to move quickly. If you know of friends, relatives, or local businesses/vendors that wish to help, we will also accept cash/check donations, as we plan on providing our elders with fresh groceries (power has been off all week, so everything in the refrigerators and freezers is ruined). If nothing else, please keep our patients, staff and community members in your thoughts and prayers.
MACT Health Board Inc. operates multiple health care facilities in the four counties of Mariposa, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne. The services are available to all American Indians and their family members, as well as the general public in the community. Our services are conducted in an atmosphere that respects and supports Native American traditions, values and beliefs. The MACT Health Board is composed of representatives from the following organizations: American Indian Council of Mariposa, Calaveras Band of Mi Wuk Indians, Jackson Band of Miwuk Indians, Sierra Native American Council.
MACT Health Board Inc. established the central operating program location, the Tuolumne Rural Indian Health Center in 1969. Additional licensed clinics are those operating out of Sonora, Jackson, San Andreas and Mariposa. The scope of our services has also expanded and includes medical, dental, outreach, and behavioral health.