Quest Center for Integrative Health is a wellness-focused, nonprofit healthcare clinic striving to strengthen those diagnosed with chronic or life challenging illness. Quest is committed to treating everyone, including low-income, medically underserved people, many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and behavioral health disorders. Quest, founded in Portland, Oregon, by Lusijah Marx in 1989, focuses on providing healthy meals, alternative therapies, and nutrition education.
As a multi-disciplinary, integrative care clinic, Quest combines traditional and holistic medical, mental health, substance abuse, and support services in a community-basedsetting. Through its programs and services, Quest assists clients to make and sustain lifestyle changes that support coping and healing from both mental and physical illness.
Quest Center’s Mission is: “to provide services, community, and education to low-income, at-risk people seeking a wellness-focused approach to living and dying. We work to assist our clients to sustain lifestyle changes that support healing, and to effectively strengthen those diagnosed with chronic or life-challenging illnesses.”
Quest Center’s Philosophy is based in the belief that people thrive when their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs are effectively met. Quest uses a community model, recognizing the important role that receiving and giving support to others can play, while honoring the diversity of each participant, pulling from a wide range of treatment options to heal the whole person.
- Nurturing Empowerment and Well-being (NEW) program for people seeking integrative mental health care,
- Women of Wisdom (WOW) program for HIV+ women and their children,
- Healing and Empowerment Program (HEP) for survivors and women in treatment for breast cancer,
- Promoting an Active Community through Education (PACE) program for people seeking healthful lifestyles,
- Finding and Sustaining Recovery (FSR) program for people battling substance abuse,
- Living Well with Chronic Conditions (LWCC) program for people with chronic or life-challenging illnesses, and
- HIV/AIDS Services (HIV/AIDS) program for people with HIV/AIDS
A special addition at Quest, Nurturing Empowerment and Well-being (NEW), integrates state-of-the-art mental health care from a wide variety of disciplines. The offerings from the NEW program are used widely throughout all of Quest’s programs, and combine:
- one-on-one and group therapy,
- couples counseling,
- psychiatric services,
- nutrition education,
- exercise and movement therapy,
- intensive skill-building workshops,
- complementary medical services,
- psychosocial support, and
- development of a community that nurtures support and self empowerment.