Founded in 1993, the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) is the nation’s oldest free clinic association and has been leading the healthcare safety net in Virginia for more than 25 years by bringing healthcare leaders, professionals, community members, and stakeholders together to partner in support of our mission to ensure Virginia’s underserved have access to quality care.
- We represent 60+ free and charitable clinics throughout the state
- We engage 1400+ staff and board members from member clinics
- Our member clinics engage over 11,600+ clinical and lay volunteers to serve 67,900+ vulnerable patients in 285,400+ visits to provide $191 million of care
Clinic MembersClinic Members are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Such clinics are 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered free or charitable clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care.
Types of Clinic Members
Full Clinic Members
Any 501(c)3 organization whose primary mission is to provide health care services to individuals in Virginia who have limited income and are uninsured or underinsured and meets the VAFCC Membership Standards is eligible to apply be a Full Clinic Member of VAFCC. All potential new Full Clinic Members must be operational for at least two full years and join the Association as an Associate Clinic Member for at least one year prior to applying for Full Clinic Membership.
Associate Clinic MembersIt is a 501(c)3 organization that meets the definition of a free clinic and is interested in the services and support provided by VAFCC. Associate Clinic Members are those that may not be able to meet all VAFCC Membership Standards and are working towards full membership or simply enjoy being part of an association that supports the clinic, provides technical assistance and advocates on behalf of the clinic and its patients. Associate Clinic Members enjoy most of the same benefits offered to Full Clinic Members, excluding receiving funding.
For more information on becoming a VAFCC Member Clinic, please contact Kathryn Zapach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-340-3434.
Supporting Advocates & PartnersThe VAFCC serves as the organized voice of the Commonwealth's health safety net, leading the way to a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality health care. While our membership is restricted to clinics, we do have engagement opportunities for individuals and organizational supporters that champion the work of the states’ free & charitable clinics care to the under-served.
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