Hillside Health Center Welcomes New Nurse Midwife, Ali Kanat
MCHC Health Centers is pleased to announce the addition of Ali Kanat, a certified nurse-midwife who recently joined the Care for Her team. Kanat is a newly trained provider who is excited to put her passion for women’s health into practice.
Kanat has history of seeking opportunities to support the health and wellness of people from diverse communities. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in human biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, she spent a year with AmeriCorps in Philadelphia working as a patient advocate to assist uninsured patients obtain free medication and expanding health education programs. The following year, she became a doula and used grant funding to provide prenatal education, continuous labor support and postpartum care for a diverse group of underserved women in North Philadelphia. She says her work is, in part, inspired by her mother and grandmother. Her mother is a nurse, and her grandmother was a social worker and social justice advocate. Both encouraged her to follow her desire to help others.
"My grandma demonstrated immense compassion and openness for people of all backgrounds, and I strive to do this every day," she said.
In 2014, Kanat began a three-year program at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland where she completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery. She continued her dedication to causes she believes in, organizing a fundraising event in 2017 called, “Miles for Midwives 5K” where more than 100 people participated to support a local affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
"I hope to get involved with the California chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in the years to come so I can advocate for policy change to support the growing population of midwives in this state," she said.
While completing her education, she worked as a nurse at Our House of Portland where she coordinated what she calls, “engaging and compassionate nursing care” at an independent living facility for medically complex individuals with HIV facing challenges that include substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also worked as a nurse at a surgery center where she gained experience in pre- and post-surgical care, and where she deepened her experience in providing health education to patients.
After becoming a nurse-midwife, she looked for work where she could learn from more experienced providers while continuing to pursue her passion for helping the underserved. At Care for Her, she found both. The physicians and midwives work in partnership to provide comprehensive care to patients, and Care for Her accepts patients regardless of their insurance status.
When she is not caring for patients or organizing fundraisers, Kanat enjoys the outdoors—hiking, road cycling, and more. She says she looks forward to exploring all that Mendocino County has to offer.
MCHC Health Centers provides comprehensive health services including primary medical care, pediatrics, dentistry, women’s health, obstetrical care, counseling, psychiatry, and specialty care, and looks forward to growing to meet the ever-expanding needs of the communities it serves. MCHC Health Centers includes Hillside Health Center and Dora Street Health Center in Ukiah, Little Lake Health Center in Willits and Lakeview Health Center in Lakeport.