Family Medicine Cares USA

Application Details

The 2020application period is now open. If you're interested in applying for a 2020 grant, please read the eligibility requirements and guidelines, including how to apply. Applications are accepted until the July 15, 7 pm (CST).

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Program Overview

Launched in 2011, this humanitarian program helps new and existing free clinics to care for the uninsured in areas of need across the United States by providing new grants for the purchase of tangible items, such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. Family Medicine Cares USA also gives AAFP members, residents, and students the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents.

As of November 2019, Family Medicine Cares USA has awarded a total of $565,827 to 19 new clinics and 33 exisiting clinics. 

Why Free Clinics?

There are over 30 million uninsured people in the United States. Existing free clinics have seen a dramatic increase in patients 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 now with the Affordable Care Act, there is and always will be an underserved population of men, women, and children who simply fall through the cracks.

Our Partner: Volunteers in Medicine America

The AAFP Foundation does not directly start and maintain free clinics, but collaborates with a non-profit organization, Volunteers In Medicine America, which has a tested model for developing sustainable, locally supported free clinics(volunteersinmedicine.org). Since the mid-1990s, Volunteers in Medicine America has assisted more than 110 communities in the clinic development process. The AAFP Foundation works with the organization to identify strong potential clinic advocates, and Volunteers in Medicine America provides expertise and guidance throughout the clinic development process.

Application Details

The 2020application period is now open. If you're interested in applying for a 2020 grant, please read the eligibility requirements and guidelines, including how to apply. Applications are accepted until the July 15, 7 pm (CST).

View application materials.

Make a Donation

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 by helping those in need.

Funds & Endowments That Support This Program

Funds & Endowments That Support This Program

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