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A Statement from NAFC Board Chair Stephanie Garris and NAFC President and CEO Nicole Lamoureux

 

Today we take a moment to reflect on the state of our nation, to recognize the pain being felt across the country from the killing of George Floyd and those before him, to share our support for the Black Community and all people of color, to reject any form of racism, hate, bigotry and violence, and to express our hope to be part of the solution and change that needs to occur to deal with systemic racism and oppression.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics was built on the fundamental premise that health care is a right and not a privilege. As an organization, we value human dignity and access to quality, compassionate health care. Our membership consists of Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies who provide access to quality health care for medically underserved people and seek to address health equity for our patients.

As our nation reels from the recent events and deals with so much pain, we take this moment to share not only our support for the Black Community and the need to end systemic racism, but we also want to share how we hope to be part of bringing change, how we aspire to be part of the solution.  

Join the NAFC on May 5, 2020 for #GivingTuesdayNow - a Global Day of Unity and Giving

 

In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope - that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.  

On May 5, 2020, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving.

Across the United States, Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies are on the frontlines helping their communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  They are adapting their normal business to ensure that their patients and communities are cared for and not left behind.  

During this difficult time, the NAFC is providing support through funding, access to donated products including PPEs and medications, access to discounted services like telehealth and telemedicine programs and more.

 

 

Coronavirus – A Perfect Storm for the Medically Underserved

 

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has shed a bright light on the shortcomings of the United States health care system.  When an epidemic occurs and communities are trying to contain the spread of the disease, it suddenly becomes crystal clear how important having accessible, affordable health care for all people is.

There are approximately 28 million uninsured people in the U.S.  Out of this number, about 2 million people rely on Free and Charitable Clinics and Pharmacies across the nation for health care.  These people have nowhere else to turn.  If they don’t go to our clinics, they go without care until their health worsens, and they turn to hospital emergency departments.  

There are several states that have pushed health insurance companies to waive the fee for the coronavirus test.  This is a great start.  But this is for people who have health insurance.  What about those that do not?  And while this cost savings is helpful to make sure more people can get tested – what if it comes back positive?  The uninsured and underinsured are then facing the possibility of expensive treatment that they cannot afford.  

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources for General Information, Preparedness and Prevention

 

Free and Charitable Clinics throughout the U.S. are at the frontlines of community healthcare needs and concerns.  As concerns over the Coronavirus increase, the NAFC has compiled resources regarding the disease spread, preparedness and prevention. 

For information on Coronavirus Disease 2019, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage providing educational resources and updates on the disease: http://www.coronavirus.gov​.  

Within this website you can find a wide variety of resources including information about how the disease spreads, symptoms and prevention, has resources for communities, healthcare professionals and more, and has regular updates on the disease.

Below are specific links within the above site with important information.

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