Established in 1993 under Christian Care Ministry, Medi-Share is an affordable alternative to health insurance. As a Christian community that believes in a Biblical lifestyle, Medi-Share members agree to share each other’s eligible medical bills according to member-voted guidelines. For over 25 years Medi-Share has been alongside members serving the unique needs of families, single men and women and small business owners. Medi-Share is partnering with Volunteers in Medicine America to establish new free clinics that will serve communities in need around the U.S.
Americares conducts direct clinic capacity building and partners with researchers in the study of evidence based programs in the free and charitable clinic sector. Areas of focus include prediabetes, hypertension and inventory management. Americares is also the largest provider of medical aid to the health care safety net in the United States. Empowered by donations from 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply corporations, its U.S. Program provides medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and hygiene products to clinics and health centers in all 50 states. It’s programs and medical aid aim to help partner clinics increase capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients.
The American Academy of Family Physician Foundation (AAFP Foundation) has partnered with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) since 2011 through its Family Medicine Cares USA program to provide grants to free health care clinics that serve the uninsured. Family Medicine Cares USA offers grants to new clinics nearing the completion of the VIM development process., Additionally, grants are available for clinics that are already operational and are caring for the uninsured in their communities.
CommonWealth Purchasing Group is a group purchasing program offering significant savings on a comprehensive portfolio of supplies, equipment and services. The organization combines the purchasing power of more than 500 member organizations across the country to negotiate savings and superior service from a portfolio of more than 60 nationally recognized vendors.
The Dispensary of Hope is a charitable medication distributor dedicated to providing pharmacies and charitable clinics with consistent access to vital medication – generously donated by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Through this national network of pharmacies and clinics, over 1 million prescriptions were dispensed in 2018 to patients free of charge throughout the United States. The Dispensary of Hope has established a foundation of innovative solutions to affordable medication access by connecting abundance with need for the most vulnerable communities in the United States.
Direct Relief is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. Direct Relief runs the largest charitable medicines program in the United States, working with more than 1,300 health centers and clinics that operate more than 4,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states, providing them with free medical resources to help care for the country’s most vulnerable people.
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) was founded in 2001 by a group of grassroots medical providers and organizers who recognized that health care was not being provided at a local level to the working poor, uninsured and underinsured in our country in a way that was cost effective, accessible and affordable. The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care. The NAFC values volunteerism, generosity, collaboration and human dignity.