The Financial Committee is responsible for managing and documenting all expenses associated with the organization. Internally, their responsibilities include applying for grants, coordinating transportation, recording incomes and expenditures, alongside other administrative work. Externally, the Financial Committee holds fundraisers to sponsor patient expenses for crucial services that families are unable to acquire on their own. The team also works closely with Mending Kids to plan and coordinate large-scale community fundraisers that simultaneously raise funds for the yearly “Hometown Mission” while educating people about local healthcare disparities.
The Interview Committee collaboratively creates engaging questions that allow children and their families to express various aspects of their lives, ranging from their favorite hobbies to their opinions about systemic health disparities. The goal of this team is to hear and understand individuals’ experiences while identifying structural barriers and collecting public health information for our advocacy and writing committees. Members of our interview team are generally comfortable around a camera and are highly sensitive to the apprehension and discomfort that families might experience before and after surgical procedures. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, phone interviews will be the new method of communication between families and SOS.
The Outreach Internal Committee handles the recruitment and retention of active and interested members. Their regular duties include updating social media sites that broadcast the organization’s mission and accomplishments as well as organizing on-campus events that promote health equity and team building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limitation of solely virtual events, members will have the chance to coordinate their own social media posts that bring awareness to their topic of interest. Members will also have the opportunity to co-host virtual workshops that highlight the effects of health disparities.
The Media Activism Committee is composed of both visual and writing components. It is entrusted with presenting people’s stories through anecdotal, informative, and educational writing pieces as well as creating informative visuals. This can include information about a disability, opinions on obstacles in healthcare, and more. Members work closely with the Interview Committee in order to successfully establish narratives about the lived experiences of the individual and their family that are true to their perspectives and values. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Media Activism Committee is developing a podcast that will feature topics in medicine that showcase the importance of access and inclusivity of marginalized people.
The Advocacy Committee is designed to offer increased access and accommodation to people who are often overlooked in our systems. The team is responsible for connecting patients with the appropriate resources to address inequities identified during the interviews. In order to accomplish this task, members research and contact partnering organizations to maintain a geographical resource database that includes mental health referral centers, housing accommodations, legal services, and health resources. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the advocacy committee will shift to researching local policies that address domestic health inequities in an effort to inspire systematic change and organizing virtual events to raise awareness.
The Outreach External Committee serves as the public relations core of our organization. In between yearly missions, members employ strategies to increase our presence within the Los Angeles community by contacting schools, health fairs, and other community organizations. Members assist in maintaining relationships with our nonprofit community partners, as well as hosting large-scale educational events around Los Angeles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members will focus on refining our health literacy curriculum and presenting it via high school zoom classroom visits.