Family Medicine Cares USA
Helping those in need at home.
Launched in 2011, this humanitarian program is helping to establish new free clinics to care for the uninsured in areas of need across the U.S. Grants are provided to new clinics for the purchase of tangible items– such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment– needed to open their doors. Family Medicine Cares USA also gives AAFP members, residents, and students the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents.
Family Medicine Cares USA is designed to bring us together to help address this overwhelming need and to bring visibility to the caring nature and importance of Family Medicine.
How to Apply for Family Medicine Cares USA Grants New Clinics
-- Helping establish new free clinics to care for the uninsured in areas of need.
Grant Award Recipients
-- Find out detailed information on each clinic that has been awarded a Family Medicine Cares USA grant since the program's inception.
Your Wish May Help
Celebrate the gift of health. Visit My Health Wish
, tell us your health wish, and $1 will be donated toward Family Medicine Cares USA
to help fund free health clinics for the uninsured in areas of need.
Why Free Clinics?
There are over 50 million uninsured people in the United States. Existing free clinics have seen a dramatic increase in patients (up to 50% in the last year) with the majority of these patients coming from working households. The need far exceeds existing capacity, and some areas have no free clinic access at all. Even with the eventual roll-out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there will always be an underserved population– men, women, and children who simply fall through the cracks.
The AAFP Foundation will not directly start and maintain new clinics but is collaborating with a non-profit organization, Volunteers In Medicine (VIM). VIM has a tested model for developing sustainable, locally supported free clinics. Since the mid-1990s, VIM has assisted more than 100 communities in the clinic development process
. VIM is helping the AAFP Foundation identify strong potential clinic groups and will continue in its current role of providing expertise and guidance throughout the clinic development process.
For additional information about Family Medicine Cares USA
, please contact Susie Morantz
If you would like to be part of this rewarding work in the USA, but do not feel like you can commit the time to volunteer, please consider making a donation
. Please know that through your donation you are making a difference helping those in need, at home and around the world.