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Rhode Island Free Clinic




The Rhode Island Free Clinic was established in 1999 by Dr. Bruce Becker and Stephanie Chafee, R.N. Community partnerships, collaboration and volunteerism are central to the Clinics mission. In 2010 the Clinic was honored as one of the nations top 25 volunteer "models with promise," in The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America.

In 2011 the Clinic provided nearly 8,000 patient visits through its active corps of 700 volunteers, a lean professional staff of 10, and 5 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers. With an annual budget of $1 million, the Clinic leveraged over $2.5 million in additional resources to provide vital medical care to Rhode Islands uninsured, working poor and low-income adults.


We are a recognized leader in providing vital health services to improve the health of vulnerable Rhode Islanders. We are a critical part of the health care delivery system - the safety net for the safety net - in Rhode Island. In 2008 the Clinic launched a strategic expansion to address the states urgent and growing health care needs. To date:

Patient Visits Quadrupled, from 2,000 in 2008 to nearly 8,000 in 2011.Clinic Hours Tripled, from 13/week in 2009, to 45 hours/week in 2011.Active Volunteers Doubled, from 347 in 2009 to nearly 700 in 2011.

As the foremost provider of free primary care for qualified low-income adults, Rhode Island Free Clinic is the only medical home for Rhode Islands uninsured, working poor and low-income adults that provides an on-site program integrating free primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health, and pharmacy services. Services and training are provided at the Clinic in Providence at its state-of the-art, 5,000 square foot facility. Care is also provided through its statewide Physicians Network, where patients are seen in offices of volunteer doctors throughout Rhode Island.

Mission: The Rhode Island Free Clinics 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. Care is provided through a dynamic statewide network of volunteer medical providers working with academic, medical, and community partners, leveraging robust health care resources with a vitality that is unmatched in Rhode Island.
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