2018 NAFC Recipients

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics and the people they serve in the United States. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAFC is an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Free and Charitable Clinics, their volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, technicians and other health care professionals, and the patients served by Free and Charitable Clinics in communities throughout the nation.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Center (Phoenix, AZ) - $10,000 – to support and implement individualized patient plans of care that will help achieve higher adherence rates for patients with diabetes.
  • Center for Family Health & Education (Panorama City, CA) - $20,000 – to support educational programs for patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes to learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to manage their blood sugar levels.
  • The Free Clinic of Simi Valley (Simi Valley, CA) - $20,000 – to provide nutritional and exercise counseling, individual and family mental and behavioral health counseling and bilingual support groups to assist patients and caregivers with the stress of chronic illnesses.
  • Volunteers in Medicine (San Francisco, CA)  - $20,000 – to support a chronic disease management program targeted toward a multicultural patient population and encourages patient engagement to promote adherence to care plans. 
  • Malta House of Care (Hartford, CT) - $20,000 – to provide continuity of care for diabetes patients and support for newly diagnosed patients, which includes educational services and instructions for self-management.
  • Good Health Clinic (Tavernier, FL) - $20,000 – to improve coordination of care for patients of a diabetes management program that offers health care screening services, educational services, and access to physical activity programs.
  • Grace Medical Home (Orlando, FL) - $20,000 – to improve awareness of a cardiovascular health program by increasing outreach efforts among patients and enhancing partnerships with community organizations and health care providers.
  • Osceola County Council on Aging Senior Health Clinic (Kissimmee, FL) - $20,000 – to provide follow-up care for uninsured patients diagnosed with heart disease by a primary care provider or referred for additional testing.
  • Center for Black Women’s Wellness (Atlanta, GA) - $20,000 – to provide case management services, including one-on-one counseling, goal setting, and instruction on self-monitoring techniques, to patients with chronic conditions.
  • Community Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL) - $20,000 – to support expansion of onsite services, including cooking and physical activity classes, designed to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors among patients with or at risk for high blood pressure.
  • Family Health Partnership Clinic (Crystal Lake, IL) - $20,000 – to support a chronic disease management program designed to help care for patients who are homeless and patients who have difficulty traveling to a clinic.
  • Center for Healing & Hope (Goshen, IN) - $20,000 – to support efforts to improve follow-up care and continuity of care for patients recently diagnosed with diabetes, particularly among the growing local Hispanic population.
  • Matthew 25, Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN) - $20,000 – to support expansion of a diabetes education program with a demonstrated track record of helping patients meet health goals. 
  • St. Martin’s Healthcare Inc. (Garrett, IN) - $15,000 – to establish an educational program for diabetes patients that develops highly individualized plans for patients based on specific health needs and obstacles to care. 
  • Hope Health Clinic, Inc. (LaGrange, KY) - $20,000 – to support health monitoring and wellness education services for patients with and at risk for diabetes, and to help patients address costs of care. 
  • Mission of Mercy, Inc. (Frederick, MD) - $15,000 – to support a care program, which includes educational and routine monitoring services, dedicated specifically to patients with high blood pressure and diabetes. 
  • Oasis Free Clinics (Brunswick, ME) - $20,000 – to support implementation of a diabetes education program with courses designed for various patient populations, including preventive courses and courses for patients already diagnosed. 
  • Catherine’s Health Center (Grand Rapids, MI) - $20,000 – to support the development of personalized health care plans and coordination of multidisciplinary care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
  • Holland Free Health Clinic (Holland, MI) - $10,000 – to support efforts at a diabetes support and education program to improve care coordination, expand health screening services, engage in more outreach, and reach more patients.
  • Kansas City CARE Clinic (Kansas City, MO) - $20,000 -- to improve patient education services provided by a diabetes management program and to help patients access tools necessary for effective self-management.
  • Free Clinic of Meridian, Inc. (Meridian, MS) - $20,000 – to support efforts to prevent the onset of diabetes through one-on-one clinical care and counseling, as well as educational groups to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Bethesda Free Health Clinic of D’lberville (D’lberville, MS) - $20,000 – to support continued expansion of a diabetes monitoring program that provides services for identifying diabetic patients, delivering educational material, and tracking patients’ progress toward goals.
  • Alliance Medical Ministry (Raleigh, NC) - $20,000 – to provide primary care and health education services to help uninsured patients with chronic illnesses, including diabetes and hypertension, develop healthy lifestyle habits.
  • Free Clinic of Rockingham County (Reidsville, NC) - $20,000 – to support the expansion of chronic disease management program to allow patients with uncontrolled diabetes or blood pressure support outside clinic’s current operating hours.
  • Grace Clinic of Yadkin (Elkin, NC) - $20,000 – to support expansion of care coordination and educational services intended to help diabetes patients improve ability to self-manage their health.
  • Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (Hackensack, NJ) - $20,000 – to support a bilingual diabetes education program that includes group classes to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and individual counseling delivered via mobile app and phone.
  • Geneseo Parish Outreach Center (Geneseo, NY) - $10,000 – to support preventive diabetes screening program that provides HbA1C, blood pressure screening, and cholesterol testing, as well as routine eye exams and preventive dental care.
  • Capital City Gospel/ Rescue Mission (Albany, NY) - $10,000 – to support a cardiovascular health program that provides health care appointments, lab testing, and medication to patients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  
  • Lake County Free Clinic (Painesville, OH) - $20,000 – to increase availability of appointments, specifically for patients with diabetes or high blood pressure, by up to 1,000 per year and to help patients improve upon key health indicators.
  • Living Well Clinic (Xenia, OH) - $20,000 – to support expansion of care coordination for patients with diabetes and availability of HbA1c and cholesterol screening and monitoring services.
  • Lorain County Free Clinic (Lorain, OH) - $15,000 – to provide comprehensive care to a growing population of diabetic patients, which includes primary care services, stress reduction services, routine eye exams, and dietary counseling. 
  • North Coast Health (Lakewood, OH) - $20,000 – to support the establishment of case management services delivered by a nurse specializing in chronic conditions and working with a multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Centre Volunteers in Medicine (State College, PA) - $20,000 – to support a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to high blood pressure management, which will include the development of evidence-based clinical protocols to guide interventions.
  • Community Volunteers in Medicine (West Chester, PA) - $20,000 – to support a preventive program intended for patients with or at risk for pre-diabetes and a separate intensive care management program for patients with advanced diabetes.
  • University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center (Scranton, PA) - $20,000 – to support a diabetes education program tailored to Hispanic patients and meant to promote prevention, self-care skills, healthy eating habits, and routine physical activity.
  • Community Initiatives, Inc. (Greenwood, SC) - $20,000 – to support a diabetes management program that combines nurse case management, monitoring, and education to help rural patients achieve blood sugar and blood pressure goals.
  • Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (Camden, SC) - $20,000 – to support a case management program intended to help diabetes patients improve health care indicators, like blood pressure and blood sugar levels, through one-on-one coaching.
  • Smith Medical Clinic, Inc. (Pawleys Island, SC) - $20,000 – to provide educational services to diabetes and high blood pressure patients and to provide access to physical fitness centers to help them meet health goals.  
  • Faith Family Medical Center (Nashville, TN) - $20,000 – to support a wellness program that offers a six-week, dietitian-led course on nutrition, smoking cessation, and exercise for patients with or at risk for diabetes or high blood pressure. 
  • Sacred Heart Community Clinic (Round Rock, TX) - $20,000 – to support expansion of chronic disease management program that provides initial assessments, medications, testing equipment, educational services, and additional physical examinations.
  • TOMAGAWA HealthCare Ministries (Tomball, TX) - $20,000 – to support a chronic disease management program that encourages patients to develop and adhere to personal action plans with input from health care providers
  • Ubi Caritas (Beaumont, TX) - $20,000 – to support expansion of a diabetes education and management program that delivers health screenings and educational information at community locations like work sites, grocery stores, churches, and schools.
  • Baileys Crossroads Health Access Partnership (Falls Church, VA) - $20,000 – to support a population health management program to help patients with chronic conditions make improvements in blood pressure levels, body weight, blood sugar levels, and overall quality of life. 
  • Health Brigade (Richmond, VA) - $20,000 – to support a multidisciplinary diabetes management program that provides primary care and mental health care services, case management, medication, and additional support. 
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic (Eau Clinic, WI) - $10,000 – to support a diabetes and high blood pressure screening and intervention program that seeks to influence patient behavior through clinical care, nutrition counseling, and physical activity coaching.
  • Lake Area Free Clinic (Oconomowoc, WI) - $10,000 – to provide diabetes patients with medication and various testing services, as well as to expand services provided by a dietitian and nurse educator.
  • Health Care Network (Racine, WI) - $20,000 – to support the expansion of services delivered to patients with chronic conditions through the addition of a health coach responsible for aiding case management and facilitating peer support. 
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc. (Charleston, WV) - $20,000 – to support an educational program for diabetes patients that offers various opportunities for one-on-one counseling, group support groups, and classes on cooking, stress management, and weight loss.
  • Volunteers in Medicine, Chattanooga, Inc. (Chattanooga, TN) - $20,000 – to support an educational program aimed at patients with high blood pressure that focuses on the health benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet.