The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

 

The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

 

NAFC MISSION

To ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care.

NAFC VISION

To be a national voice promoting quality health care for all.

ORGANIZATION VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • WE BELIEVE access to health care should be a right, not a privilege.
  • WE VALUE human dignity and ACCESS to quality, compassionate health care.
  • WE VALUE the individuality of our member clinics and their ability to adapt to community needs and resources.
  • WE VALUE volunteerism.
  • WE VALUE community ownership, service and collaboration.

MORE ABOUT THE NAFC

Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) was founded in 2001 by a group of grassroots medical providers and organizers who recognized that health care was not being provided at a local level to the working poor, uninsured and underinsured in our country in a way that was cost effective, accessible and affordable.

Many people do not realize that there are approximately 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics throughout the nation who since the 1960’s have been filling in the gap for those who “fall through the cracks” in our current health care system. These clinics receive little to no state or federal funding, do not receive HRSA 330 funds and are not Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers.

Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Such clinics are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)(3) organization. Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered Free or Charitable Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay.  Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care.

The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care. However, it is our larger vision of being a national voice promoting quality health care for all that motivates donors, volunteers, and communities around the country to join our cause, as we work together to build a healthy America, one patient at a time.  Within our Association, we value volunteerism, generosity, collaboration and human dignity.