Health—General & Rehabilitative

HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS

Keeping music in Austin alive & well

aka HAAM

Austin, TX

Mission

Founded in 2005, by Robin Shivers, a local philanthropist and businesswoman who saw the need for preserving the health of Austin's local musician community, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) provides access to affordable health care for Austin's low-income, working musicians with a focus on prevention and wellness. HAAM is a uniquely Austin non profit that is both a cultural arts support and a healthcare safety net. We are able to accomplish our mission through community collaborative partnerships with a wide variety of healthcare organizations and community providers which leverages every dollar donated by $7.

Ruling Year

2008

Chief Executive Officer

Reenie Harwood Collins

Main Address

3010 South Lamar Blvd. Suite 200

Austin, TX 78704 USA

Keywords

healthcare advocacy, access to healthcare, cultural arts/music support, access to insurance, insurance premium assistance, healthcare navigation, access to oral health, wellness and prevention, mental health, hearing health and prevention, vision screening and eyeglasses, access to specialty care, hepatitis C, primary medical home,

EIN

80-0147620

 Number

4193676335

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Music (A68)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

What We Aim To Solve: Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World with over 8,000 working musicians living in the city and surrounding area that bring in over $2 billion dollars into the city's economy, yet over 80 percent of those musicians earn less than $17,000 a year. Often these musicians work multiple jobs and struggle to make ends meet and healthcare becomes a luxury that they just cannot afford. Studies show that the average life expectancy of a musician can be 25 years less than than other populations. This can be attributed to several factors that include lifestyle issues such as stress, lack of nutrition, environmental hazards and exposure to risk behaviors, but it also can be attributed to a lack of access to affordable healthcare. Often musicians wait until a problem becomes life threatening before seeking healthcare. They often don't address chronic health problems because they either can't afford the treatments or they don't have access to the specialty care.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Number of musicians served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of HAAM member musicians receiving hearing screenings and custom fit hearing protection and counseling services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of HAAM member musicians accessing vision screenings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of HAAM member musicians receiving free eyeglasses

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of HAAM member musicians receiving insurance premium assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of HAAM member musicians accessing dental services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of dental procedures received by HAAM member musicians

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

HAAM wants to have the healthiest musician community in the world! Musicians, are a high risk of encountering serious financial crisis that often prevent them from seeking healthcare services when they are faced with a medical or dental or mental health crisis. These barriers also exist in preventing musicians from taking proactive steps in preventive health measures that can often keep issues from becoming a life threatening and sometimes life ending crisis. HAAM works collaboratively with other local healthcare providers to ensure that our musicians have a primary medical home so that they can proactively address their healthcare needs with a trusted health provider. The establishment of a primary medical home facilitates HAAM member's access to specialty, hospital or emergency care when they need it. HAAM works collaboratively with dental providers to ensure that our HAAM members have access to both preventive and restorative dental care.

HAAM will continue to serve the low income, under insured working musicians in the Austin area by continuing to seek partnerships and collaborative efforts with other community and individual health providers who want to ensure that Austin area musicians have access to affordable healthcare services. We will continue our fundraising efforts through our events - HAAM Day, Corporate Battle of the Bands, Ray Benson's Birthday Bash and other third party fundraising events. We will also work with individual donors to seek donations and foundations to seek grant funding in support of our mission. We will continue our efforts to educate Austin business and community leaders on the importance of keeping Austin musicians healthy as they are such an important part of both Austin's cultural identity and our economic engine. We will also continue to focus efforts on recruiting and training HAAMbassador volunteers who support our activities and fundraising efforts.

HAAM is uniquely situated and qualified to do the work we are doing. HAAM has a small but mighty staff of 9 people who accomplish quite a lot. We have a dedicated and respected board of directors and loyal volunteer base of HAAMbassadors that has reached over 500 volunteers! HAAM is a trusted partner with over 20 community agencies and organizations and over 100 healthcare providers. HAAM also works closely with other music non profits and music organizations and the city and government officials focusing on We are a trusted resource and partner for Austin musicians and the Austin music community.

HAAM now serves over 2,500 Austin area musicians we measure how many musicians we help get health insurance premium assistance, how many we provide access to free and sliding fee scale clinics, how many utilized our dental services, how many we refer out to mental health and addiction services, how many utilize the hearing and vision screening programs as well as how many healthcare navigation and case management touches we provide. We measure our growth in both numbers, services provided as well as in dollars spent and depending on the program, dollars saved year over year. HAAM conducts a yearly survey of all our members. This survey includes an evaluation of both qualitative and quantitative goals, service indicators for our community partners and needs assessments for our musicians. These surveys are used to evaluate current program effectiveness and to used to determine where there might be unmet needs and where we need to focus new services.

Since 2005, HAAM has helped over 5,000 Austin musicians access healthcare services valued at over $73 million dollars. HAAM has quickly become a trusted local resource for Austin musicians and often they contact us first. We are a unique organization in that we are both a cultural arts supporter and a healthcare safety net provider. We are one of only a few organizations of our kind in the nation and have helped establish similar programs in Seattle, WA and Denton, TX and we also receive calls regularly from other cities asking for help in starting something similar in their area. We have a national reputation for organizational excellence and have received many awards and recognition. What's next? HAAM will continue to seek funding and resources to grow our services to help more musicians. Each year, HAAM has to turn away musicians due to lack of funding and resources. Our goal is to ultimately be able to serve every musician with healthcare needs seeking our help.

External Reviews

Financials

HEALTH ALLIANCE FOR AUSTIN MUSICIANS

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/31/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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Disability