The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic in Harrisonburg, VA is not just a drop-in storefront “band aid” for indigent or homeless patients. Rather, it is one of the more sophisticated medical and dental providers in the area, with specialized clinics available as well as pharmacy services. This clinic specifically targets individuals without either private insurance or coverage under public programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid. There is an enormous slice of the population uninsured: they are either too poor to purchase private health insurance, too young to qualify for Medicare benefits, or too “rich” to qualify for Medicaid benefits. Accordingly, “63% of Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic patients earn under 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $21,000 for a family of four.”
According to the provider’s website, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic’s mission statement is “to partner with uninsured residents for improved health and life-style change[s].” Active in the area for almost two decades, the clinic is seeing even more patients as a result of what they term the “sick” economy. And, the numbers they are committed to serve is substantial: “There are about 1.1 million uninsured Virginians, about 20,000 of which live in Rockingham County.”
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic is organized to maximize the positive effects of regular healthcare on the Clinic patients. Instead of mass open-cattle call type of service sign-up, patients in the H-RFC system are enrolled into the clinic, assigned care managers and attend scheduled specialized clinics. Again, according to the website, “medical clinics are held Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.” Specialty clinics include Chronic Care Clinic, General Medical (acute and chronic outpatient care), Gynecology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics and Cardiology. Pharmacy services are provided by licensed pharmacists and medication manufacturer assistance programs. Dental extraction clinics take place twice a month. Last, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic also offers laboratory services, mental health diagnoses and referrals, and nutrition consultations.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic is funded – for the most part – from within the community. As cited on the website, “85% of Free Clinic funding comes right from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.” Community volunteers also staff the clinic, from the receptionists to the medical staff. According to the volunteer page of the clinic website, community volunteers “provided nearly 15,000 of service … in 2008.” And the need for volunteer hours continues. Specific vacancies are listed online as are the clinic volunteer application and reference forms.
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic
25 West Water Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801