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A Free Clinic Can Make a Difference

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Free clinics provide free, high quality, empowering health care to people who do not qualify for and/or cannot afford any form of health insurance. At the same time, they train the next generation of health professionals to provide humanistic, transdisciplinary, empowering health care to underserved individuals.

In our own clinic, we practice and implement a comprehensive empowerment model that encourages people to achieve and maintain employment, addresses social or economic barriers to health, and provides comprehensive high quality healthcare.

Health-professional volunteers and donated or low-cost services make it possible to serve 2,000 patients per year, for 1,000 of whom we provide comprehensive medical care (including medications, labs, etc.) at a cost of $1000 per patient. Our healthcare outcomes are similar or better than the VA, known for its quality.

Although we were not the first student-run free clinic, because of the needs of our community and the passion among our students, and the support of our institution, we are one of the largest student-run free clinics in the country. We train faculty, students, and teams from around the country. Our clinic model has been recognized nationally, has been replicated in more than 15 communities across the U.S., and has won awards both for service and innovation.

The purpose of this page is to help others start, maintain, troubleshoot, and grow free clinics of their own. Click on the subjects below to learn more. Please feel free to contact us if you need additional help setting up your own free clinic project. 

How to Start & Strengthen a Free Clinic

25 steps our team has learned over the years of how to start and strengthen a free clinic.

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How to Set Up a Free Medication Program

13 steps to help you learn more about how to set up a free medication program.

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