Rhode Island Free Clinic’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to adults who have no health insurance or cannot afford those services We also serve as an educational training site for aspiring h... Read more
Rhode Island Free Clinic’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to adults who have no health insurance or cannot afford those services We also serve as an educational training site for aspiring health care professionals.
Rhode Island Free Clinic is a recognized leader in providing vital health services to improve the health of vulnerable Rhode Islanders. Even after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, over 50,000 uninsured, working poor, and low-income RI adults will be left without health care and nowhere else to turn. We are a critical part of the health care delivery system - the safety net for the safety net - in Rhode Island.
In 2014 the Clinic provided more than 7,000 patient visits through its active corps of 800 volunteers, a lean professional staff of 7, and 7 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. With an annual budget of $1 million, the Clinic leveraged over $5 million in additional resources to provide vital medical care to Rhode Island’s uninsured, working poor and low-income adults.
Rhode Island Free Clinic is the only medical home for Rhode Island’s uninsured, working poor and low-income adults that provides an on-site program integrating free primary care, chronic disease management and behavioral health services. Services and training are provided at a state-of the-art, 5,000 square foot facility in Providence. Care is also provided through a statewide Physicians Network, where patients are seen in offices of volunteer doctors throughout Rhode Island.
The RI Free Clinic provides free medical care to low income residents of RI. I have worked as a Spanish-English interpreter and as an Eligibility screener. The organization is well run, and people there seem to enjoy their time there. The care that patients receive range from Primary Care to various specialties. It is a great resource for people that have no where else to go for medical care. I always find friendly and helpful volunteers when I am there and we all help each other out. A great place to help others.
I have been serving at Rhode Island Free Clinic as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator since December 2014. This is a very unique organization that uses a volunteer model to provide high-quality free health services to low-income adults. It is a fantastic opportunity for job training, gaining clinical experience, and getting connected to a diverse and interesting volunteer network. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, I had the privilege of working with community volunteers, patients, staff, and a variety of volunteer providers. Through this position I was able to learn about how non-profits function, how the ACA has impacted statewide and national healthcare in the U.S., and has influenced my own views on medicine and my desire to pursue a career in medicine. I recommend the AmeriCorps program for recent graduates interested in gaining experience in a clinical role, and I highly recommend volunteering for any member of the community interested in making a meaningful impact on their community