Letter from the President
In its 22nd year of service, Free Clinics of Iowa continues to provide compassionate and appropriate basic healthcare services via community-based, volunteer-run clinics. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the healthcare environment in Iowa and across the nation continues to rapidly change, significantly impacting the work of free clinics and other safety net providers.
We have always known that true health homes provide continuous, prevention-focused, comprehensive and coordinated service provisions. As access becomes affordable and accessible, FCI prioritizes transitioning patients away from reliance on the free clinic and embraces the opportunity to effectively assist patients in exploring healthcare insurance coverage programs that may now be viable options.
We also realize the work of free clinics is far from complete. Our clinics continue to play a key role in establishing coordinated systems of education, outreach and referrals for eligibility, application and enrollment assistance into healthcare insurance coverage programs. We continue to serve in the provision of healthcare services to Iowa’s most vulnerable populations who fall through the gaps of this new and evolving healthcare system, who continue to face significant access barriers and who struggle with various other determinants of health.
For those who continue to face challenges in obtaining affordable and accessible basic healthcare, people come to free clinics seeking relief and help and leave with a sense of appreciation for the 1200+ compassionate providers, nurses and administrative volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to serve those who otherwise would go without.
Of course, free clinics are not free to operate. With the help of public, private and individual support, we provide care in communities throughout Iowa.
Your gifts are a vital part of our mission. The clinics you assist and patients you support are grateful for your help. Please consider aiding our efforts through the donation of your time, talents and/or resources.
Dr. Steve Eckstat
FCI Board President & Medical Director