➢ By administering vaccines and testing, as well as providing care and guidance for our patients, we continue to do our part in the fight against Covid-19.
➢ By October of 2021, we had already provided more free care visits than we had all of last year.
➢ We saw some of our busiest months ever in our mental health services, including counseling, tele-psychiatry, and medication management.
➢ Through nutrition and exercise education, our at-risk patients have been losing weight and improving diabetes numbers.
➢ Despite the postponement of Piedmont Smiles, our community dental day, our team still managed to pull together and provide advanced dental care to over 40 local patients with serious needs over a single weekend.
of patients surveyed said that they do not have a stable housing situation.
Some patients come to the Free Clinic once or twice during a crisis, while others like "Katherine" depend on us for their health care over many years. Katherine started with the Free Clinic right when it opened in 1993, looking for help with diabetes, severe kidney disease, and chronic headaches among other concerns. She worked for many years as an in-home caregiver and as a foster parent. Over 25 years later, she is about to get Medicare coverage and will be leaving the free clinic to go to a private doctor here in Warrenton.
Katherine is an easy patient to admire, one who has kept working and raising her family while making her own health a priority despite many challenges. "Dr. Kilyk and Stacey pretty much saved my life," she tells us. "They have been on me about my medicine, my appointments, coaching me, sending me for specialists, whatever I needed. When my health was way down, I feel like they brought me back more than once."
When we asked Katherine about her plans, she assured us that she will continue to take good care of herself if only for her grandchildren's sake. "Don't worry! I know I am going to another good doctor because when I met her, she was volunteering in the clinic!"
1) Improve access to services for individuals who have barriers to health care or are underserved.
2) Determine physical space and parking needs to accommodate planned additions and expansions of services and staff.
3) Expand dental clinic to include full array of preventative care, treatment, and restorative oral health services.
4) Providing women’s health services to patients, including gynecology, cancer screenings, sexual health services, family planning, and menopause therapy.
5) Employee recruitment and retention to fulfill increased demand and maintain high-quality level of service.
6) Develop ongoing and productive relationships with community partners and groups to improve access to services that impact social determinants of health.
7) Ensure ongoing effective governance and oversight.