Free Clinics

Free Clinics

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In community after community, pro bono and student-run health clinics have sprung up over the past 30 years, providing critically needed care to medically underserved populations. Free Clinics is a mosaic formed by accounts of such clinics around the United States. These wide-ranging narrativesa€”from urban to rural, from primary care to behavioral health carea€”provide examples that will assist other communities seeking to find the model that best fits their needs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for many Americans, but millions remain and will remain uninsured or underinsured. Free clinics provide non-emergency care to those in need. Nationwide, professionals can be found offering volunteer services at these clinics. Contributors to this volumea€”typically people with personal familiarity (as clinicians or area residents) with the clinics they write abouta€”cover a variety of topics, including a review of the literature, data-driven accounts of clinic usage, and ethical guidelines for student-run clinics. They describe the motivations of clinic staff, the day-to-day work of a family nurse practitioner working in clinics and teaching at a university, the challenges and rewards of providing health care for homeless people, and more. Student-run clinics are the topic of the second section: in addition to providing care to a small subset of those in need, student-run clinics are an important venue for training future clinicians and helping the seeds of altruism with which many enter their professions to germinate. Free Clinics will be useful to policymakers, students and faculty in public health and health policy programs, and clinicians and students who are embarking on launching new clinics.Skocpol T. Protecting soldiers and mothers: the political origins of social policy in the United States. ... Ethn Health. 2001 Feb;6(1):35a€”40. Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago. Social service directory. Chicago: Welfare Council of Metropolitan ... Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.

Title:Free Clinics
Author:Virginia M. Brennan
Publisher:JHU Press - 2013-03-28


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