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A Year in Review at the NAFC - 2019

It has been another busy year for the NAFC!  

We want to take a moment to thank our members for the important work they do providing accessible health care to the medically underserved in our country.  We also want to thank all of our partners, funders, donors and supporters whose dedication to the NAFC, our members and our patients is beyond appreciated.  Together, we will all continue the important work towards our mission to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable, quality health care.

Below please find a summary of some of the 2019 NAFC efforts broken down into the categories of the NAFC governance policy priorities.

NAFC ENDS PRIORITY 1.1 - The medically underserved have information to attain quality healthcare.

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday – Give the Gift of Health!


There are the days focused on shopping and getting those deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and then there is Giving Tuesday, a day to give back and help those in need! 

This Giving Tuesday – December 3rd – help the NAFC kick off our end of year giving campaign and give the gift of health!

Our 1,400 Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies throughout the country and 200,000+ volunteers give back to their communities by providing access to affordable health care to their neighbors. They work daily to improve the health of their patients, and in turn, the health and well-being of their communities.  

This important work could not happen without you! Please take a moment to join our movement in saving lives and building healthier communities; show your support by donating to the NAFC! 

Record Breaking Symposium a Huge Success


The NAFC 2019 Charitable Health Care Symposium was held on October 27-29 in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia at the Loews Atlanta. The Symposium is an annual conference specifically designed to address the issues and topics that safety-net clinics, charitable pharmacies, organizations, staff and volunteers face on a daily basis to address the needs of the nation's medically underserved.

This year was a record-breaking meeting! The 2019 Symposium was the highest attended meeting in NAFC history with 480 registrations from 45 different states. Registration for the meeting sold out six weeks in advance, exhibit space sold out five weeks in advance, and the hotel room block sold out eight weeks in advance.  

Tropical Depression Imelda

Texas communities are once again dealing with severe flooding due to Tropical Depression Imelda’s heavy rains.  As news comes in, the NAFC has been reaching out to our Texas members, as well as those in Louisiana and Arkansas as the storm continues. We heard from one member yesterday, Ubi Caritas Health Ministries in Beaumont, TX, who gives this first-hand account:

“This situation for us in Beaumont in the area we serve is worse than it was with Harvey. Our hearts are breaking for the community we serve. We are making plans to hopefully be able to get into the clinic in the morning to set up assistance to get our patients the care they need and get them to safety and to shelters. They are evacuating the area currently and will not let us in. One of our staff members husband works for the fire department and he is in the area making boat rescues and has rescued many of our patients already.”

The picture on the left is from an intersection close to the Ubi Caritas Clinic, and the video below is drone footage of the South Park neighborhood that Ubi Caritas is in. The video starts off at the end of Highland Ave, the street the clinic is on.