Who We Are & What We Do //
The Clinic is legions of volunteers, community partners, and supporters throughout Rhode Island who share the belief that health care should be available for all, regardless of income.
The Clinic provides nearly 8,000 patient visits annually to over 2,400 patients with the help of our active statewide corps of over 1,000 volunteers and community partners, a lean professional staff of 9 full-time equivalents, and 8 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. With an annual budget of just $1.2 million, the Clinic leverages over $6 million in additional donated health services and medical supplies to provide vital medical care to Rhode Island’s uninsured, low-income adults.
Unlike a walk-in clinic, urgent care clinic, or an emergency room, the Free Clinic provides a medical home of coordinated health services comprised of primary care, labs and diagnostics, specialty care, prescription medications, follow-up visits, counseling, and wellness programs that help uninsured adults get and stay healthy.
The Clinic is also a strategic link to education and training in the health care field. The Clinic collaborates with leading local academic and training partners to ensure that students in the health care field gain real-world experience and skills that lead to graduation, certification, and licensure.
Why We Are Here //
We applaud national healthcare initiatives and Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange, HealthSourceRI. Sadly, despite these efforts, nearly 50,000 low-income men and women in our state still are either not eligible or cannot afford health care.
The Rhode Island Free Clinic is a nationally-recognized, award-winning free clinic that provides a medical home for uninsured adults, ages 18+, who earn less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Patients receive free comprehensive health care through a dynamic statewide network of volunteer medical professionals working with academic, medical, and community partners, leveraging robust health care resources with a vitality that is unmatched in Rhode Island and remarkable in the nation.
We are the safety net for the safety net in Rhode Island. If you need us, we're here, offering comprehensive care, education, and support.
Our History in Providence //
The Clinic was first established in 1999 in a storefront on Broad Street. In 2003 we moved to the basement of the Hindle Memorial Building at 655 Broad. In 2006, the Clinic moved to the third floor, and just last year we expanded to the second floor as well.
In 2003, we welcomed our first AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Volunteer In Service To America), beginning a partnership that has mobilized over 75 VISTAs working to build Clinic capacity and patient care. This year, we have 8 VISTAs serving full-time at the Clinic.
We started with a bare-bones operation, serving a deeply vulnerable population of Rhode Islanders. Today, between our 12 staff, 8 VISTAs, and 700+ volunteer corps, RI Free Clinic offers not only general health services, but also dental health, optometry, podiatry, and physical therapy - all on site!
Building a Healthy America //
The Rhode Island Free Clinic is a proud member of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), and one of over 1,200 free and charitable clinics located throughout the United States.
Like us, these clinics are truly their community’s response to the healthcare needs in their area, and many operate with little to NO state or federal funding.
2019 Year In Review //
We are pleased to share our 2019 Year in Review – a comprehensive look at all the Rhode Island Free Clinic was able to accomplish with your help in 2019! Inside, find out just how much we were able to do for our community. Thank you for helping us achieve our goals and further our mission this year!
For a paper copy, please contact Matt Giebert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-274-6347x211
To view the online 2019 Year In Review, click here.