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Our mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured who live or work in Ashe County, North Carolina.
Ashe County Free Medical Clinic, Inc. had its beginning in 2005. An advisory committee meets to assess the uninsured medical needs of Ashe County. This committee was made up of members of Creston UMC, Ashe Outreach Ministry, Volunteers in Medicine, Ashe Memorial Community Outreach and several community volunteers. A Duke Divinity School Grant was awarded to Ashe Outreach Ministries & Clifton United Methodist Church. With this grant, a faith-based, interdenominational, all volunteer community outpatient medical clinic was formed in Ashe County.
In 2006 Ashe County Free Medical Clinic Joined the NC Association of Free Clinics and obtained a startup grant thru the association from the NC Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
On July 13, 2006 the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic opened its doors in 1600 sq feet office space donated in kind by Jefferson United Methodist Church.
The Clinic is independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation and self supporting through donations, community support, in-kind donations and grants. ACFMC joins 69 other free clinics scattered in 47 North Carolina counties. The is private, non-profit, community-based organizations which assess gaps in the local health care delivery system and seek to fill those gaps primarily through the use of volunteer health care professionals and through coordination and collaboration with other providers (i.e. Ashe Memorial Hospital, Jefferson Drugs, Ashe County Health Department, Hunger Collection, Mount Jefferson Family Medicine, High County Family Practice, etc.).
The Free Clinic does not claim to be "the answer," but rather an important part of the solution to the challenge of increasing access to health care for all North Carolinians.
- Edward Hammitt
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