VAFCC Membership Grows
The Virginia Telemental Health Initiative (VTMHI) began in 2022 as a pilot program of the Virginia Telehealth Network and offers virtual mental health therapy to those who are otherwise unable to access it due to lack of income, inadequate insurance, or other reasons. VTMHI collaborates with free and charitable clinics around Virginia and utilizes pre-licensed mental health provider as volunteers to provide these services cost-effectively. By offering virtual care, patient barriers including transportation, time off work, or child care needs are eliminated, and clinics are able to offer services to those who otherwise might not be able to receive them. VTMHI partnered with ten free and charitable clinics during the pilot phase and plan to bring on thirty additional clinic partners in 2024. VTMHI was excited to join the VAFCC because it believes in the power of coming together under one umbrella with other free and charitable clinics, and having the opportunity to learn from and grow with other clinics. "The VAFCC has an incredible reputation and we are grateful to become associate members," shares VTMHI leadership.
Commonshare Pharmacy is a full-service independent pharmacy located in Richmond, Virginia that provides a wide variety of services including conventional prescription filling. Commonshare strives to provide the hands-on, patient-centric care that our community deserves and works extensively with uninsured and underinsured patients offering free medication programs, diabetes specialized care, home delivery, and immunizations.
Friends in need Health Center provides on-site primary care, dental care, and referrals to specialty care to the uninsured and underinsured in upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia (Lee, Scott, and Wise counties). The clinic opened in 1995 when community leaders came together to try to address the need for healthcare services for the medically underserved.
These three join a total membership of 69 free and charitable clinics across the state working towards a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality healthcare. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Richmond, the VAFCC celebrated 30 years of serving as an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of free and charitable clinics, their volunteer workforce, and the vulnerable patients served by free and charitable clinics through the Commonwealth. To learn more about the VAFCC, our member clinics, or those they serve, visit www.VAFreeClinics.org or www.FreeClinicsCare.org.