What is a Free Clinic?
Free clinics are private, non-profit, community or faith-based organizations that provide medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and/or mental health services at little or no cost to uninsured and underinsured people through the use of volunteer health professionals, community volunteers and partnerships with other health providers. As of August 2012, there were 30 known free clinics operating in Washington State, as well as five start-up clinics and six Project Access organizations. The WHAA estimates that these clinics provide healthcare services to over 100,000 patients annually. No two free clinics are alike, and the development of each clinic is guided by the community to meet identified health care needs using the community’s unique assets and resources.
What does the WHAA do?
The Washington Healthcare Access Alliance is a private, non-profit organization. Our mission is to strengthen and support the free clinics of Washington through advocacy, education and professional networking. As with any professional industry, the individuals involved benefit from having an association to represent and promote them, as well as to facilitate networking and circulation of best practices.