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A Breakthrough in Insulin Access

Insulin is an essential part of treatment for people living with diabetes, but these medications are often difficult for patients to afford.  Free clinics have long been challenged to find no or low-cost insulin for their patients, presenting a significant obstacle to...

“They Cared.” VIM Patient Shares His Story

I’m a professional who moved to the Rice Lake, Wisconsin, area a few years ago.  Due to various circumstances I did not have any insurance once I got here. I thought… I can tough it out and wait until my place of business can afford to get me some insurance. They did...

VIM Clinics Save Lives

Ms. Velma was accepted into the Mercy Medical Clinic last year as an uncontrolled diabetic.  Her first appointment revealed a nasty, open sore on the bottom of her foot, a mouth full of painfully infected teeth, and an immediate need for a heart valve replacement. Ms....

Carmen’s Bundle of Joy

When Carmen arrived at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Inc. (BVMI) to show the staff and volunteers her little bundle of joy, there were cheers, hugs, and happy tears. “From Carmen’s first visit to BVMI four years ago, she let us know that her greatest...

Clackamas VIM Announces New ED

Martha Spiers, LCSW, has been named the new executive director for Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), The Founders Clinic in Oregon City. Martha has a 30-year career working in the safety net environment to provide innovative crisis services to individuals...