Volunteers are at the heart of charitable clinic services. More than 1,100 providers and 2,000 other volunteers give approximately 66,000 hours annually to help charitable clinics meet their mission of serving the uninsured.
Community Driven Organizations
In communities across Tennessee, volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, aides, and other caring individuals have stepped up to the challenge of lack of access to health care, establishing non-profit charitable clinics to provide free or reduced cost medical, dental, and mental health care services for low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations. These community-driven organizations, many located in rural and underserved communities, serve a high-need population, facing complex medical challenges. Charitable clinics are making a difference in the lives of Tennesseans across the state. By providing consistent, culturally-sensitive, primary care, they are minimizing inappropriate and costly utilization of emergency room services and other hospital resources.
Serving the Uninsured with Comprehensive Services
Last year, TCCN member clinics served 36,333 patients with
- 75,685 medical encounters
- 8,927 behavioral health encounters
- 20,862 dental encounters
TCCN member clinics help uninsured patients access over
$9.5 million in medications annually.
The state Health Care Safety Net Fund is a critical source of income to maintain and increase access to medical and dental care for the uninsured. Charitable Clinics also rely on grants, individual and corporate contributions, fundraising events, and patient revenue.