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Founded in 1999, Rhode Island Free Clinic's mission is to provide free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to adults who have no health insurance and cannot afford those services; and, to serve as an educational training site for health care professionals.
Nationally honored as one of the nation's top 25 volunteer "models with promise," in The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America, the Clinic leverages robust health resources to provide cost-effective, comprehensive care through relationships with academic, medical, and community partners throughout the state. Author Shirley Sagawa stated: "Volunteers play important roles in many community health centers, but at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, they do it all—from patient care to data entry to Spanish interpreting" (2010).
In 2015 the Clinic provided nearly 7,000 patient visits through an active statewide corps of over 700 volunteers throughout Rhode Island (medical and support professionals along with academic, medical, and community partners, a lean professional staff of 8, and 7 AmeriCorps*VISTA members. Services and training are provided at our state-of the-art facility in Providence, also through our statewide Physicians Network, where patients are seen in offices of volunteer doctors throughout Rhode Island. With an annual budget of $1 million, the Clinic leveraged over $3.5 million in additional medical services and in-kind support.