Over 28 million people in this country lack health insurance and millions more face barriers to care which included gaps in coverage, high costs and provider shortages. Volunteers in Medicine addresses these needs by harnessing the collective will of communities to come together and compassionately serve their neighbors in need.
In 2018, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Alliance clinics delivered over 349,000 patient visits to nearly 87,000 patients. Over 10,000 community volunteers and medical professionals shared their time and expertise to deliver quality health care services in the 88 VIM Alliance clinics. These adjusted figures are based on the 2018 VIM Alliance Annual Survey, with 77 of the 88 eligible VIM Alliance clinics responding.
Hypertension, diabetes, mental health issues, and obesity are among the most frequently treated diseases. Specialized on-site services include pediatric care, dental services and behavioral/mental health services. Sixty-four percent of clinics track off-site referrals. Among these clinics, 37,606 referrals were reported. Seventy-three percent of VIM Alliance clinics have an on-site dispensary, pharmacy or utilize some other method to distribute medications. Forty-two percent of clinics are open 32 or more hours per week for patient care.
In addition to VIM clinics providing health care services for the under-insured and uninsured, 78% have some type of training relationship in their clinic. These include a formal relationship with a residency program (medical, dental, PA or other), a formal relationship with a health professions school (medical, dental, PA, nursing, etc.) where students volunteer at the clinic as part of their training or some other relationship.
Sixty-four percent of VIM Alliance clinics have American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) members affiliated with their clinic. A total of 292 AAFP members are actively involved in the 77 participating clinics.
Volunteers in Medicine clinics are locally owned and operated, providing the gift of health care to those without access within an inclusive, supportive “culture of caring” environment. Neighbors help neighbors, and together they build stronger, more productive communities.
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