Follow-Up

A student-run free clinic grows and thrives

The idea was simple—free primary health care for the uninsured. Five years ago students in medicine, nursing and public health and in the Physician Associate Program opened the HAVEN Free Clinic in partnership with the Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC). [See “Students Reach Out to the Uninsured at Free Medical Clinic in Fair Haven,” Yale Medicine, Autumn 2006.] Supervised by faculty from the schools of medicine and nursing, the students saw three or four patients a week. Now HAVEN serves more than 20 patients a week during its Saturday morning hours. Unlike the FHCHC, which has a sliding scale, HAVEN does not charge for its services or for medications.Since its beginnings five years ago, the...

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