Family Medicine Cares program launched by AAFP foundation in 2011 supports the free health clinics in the country. The program provides grants for clinics to purchase the necessary medical equipment, computers for maintaining health records, exam tables, etc.
Till date 38 free clinics in 21 states have benefitted from the grants of $416,000. According to the estimates, this grant was useful in providing services to more than 227,000 patients. The estimated worth of services given to these patients amounts to $45 million. In the year 2017, there were 3,100 volunteers to work in clinics sponsored by FMC USA. The volunteers included retired or working family physicians, medical students, family medicine residents, etc.
In April 2015, the Still Caring Health Connection Volunteers in Medicine Program (SCHS-VIM) received $22,000 support from FMC. The program is affiliated to A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville, Mo. Students from Kirksville College and Missouri school of dentistry organized a health fair by SCHC-VIM free clinic to treat patients mainly from the Amish community in the neighborhood.
Robert Ring, the rural outreach medical director of the SCHC-VIM club said that free health fair offers general health screening, including osteopathic treatments, and dental screening for the participants. New and existing free health clinics can apply for grant from FMC USA.