Wisconsin Primary Care ProgramsFree
clinics are volunteer-based organizations that provide a range of
outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and mental health care to low-income,
Funding Support: Donations, small grants; some clinics have small patient co-pays.
- Are a non-profit (501(c)(3) organization or are affiliated with one
- Use volunteer health professionals and may use some paid administrative
- Have no specific federal or state definition or regulation
- Number in Wisconsin about 60
Resources for communities interested in developing a free clinic:
Association of Free Clinics (exit DHS) -
A membership organization that has resource publications on clinic
start-up and job descriptions, helps free clinics order discounted and
donated products, and maintains a list of many free clinics.
Clinics of the Great Lakes (exit DHS) - A regional membership organization
that shares information and holds educational conferences.
Volunteer Health Care Provider Program (exit
DHS) – A State program that can provide liability coverage for
licensed health professionals who volunteer their services to provide
outpatient care at free clinics. Clinics
must submit an annual application to the Department of Administration
Property and Liability Program.
Tort Claims Act Coverage of Free Clinic Volunteer Health Care
Professionals (exit DHS) – Similar to Wisconsin's program.
Clinics must submit an annual application to HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care.
Rural Health Outreach Grant Program (exit DHS)
– Federal program that
offers competitive grants to support the development of new and
innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack
essential health services. Applicant
must be located in a rural area, must be public or private non-profit, and
must include collaboration with at least two other community partners.
August 18, 2014