About UsWho We Are & Our History
The Free Clinic of Culpeper provides confidential medical care to uninsured residents of Culpeper between the ages of 18 and 65 who have incomes at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
We provide medical treatment for many types of illnesses, both acute — such as bronchitis — and chronic — such as diabetes or heart disease. Our patients are also provided with educational information and opportunities to learn preventive maintenance for medical conditions such as diabetes, weight control, and hypertension.
The Free Clinic runs a licensed pharmacy to provide prescription medications for our patients. The clinic has two partnerships that help supply some of the medications dispensed through the pharmacy: RxPartnership and the Medications Access Program. Each year the clinic provides over 8,500 prescription medications valued at $1.4 million.
We are unable to offer the following services:
- Medications that are controlled substances (pain medicines, opiates, relaxants)
- Services provided by the local Health Department, including birth control, immunizations, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases
- Services in situations in which workers’ compensation, disability claims or legal claims are involved or pending
As part of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Free Clinic of Culpeper works to improve the health of Culpeper residents. It was established in 1997 by a group of volunteers who wanted to provide free medical care to uninsured adults in Culpeper. Originally a volunteer organization, the clinic provided care on Thursday nights using the basement of the Culpeper Health Department.
Today the Free Clinic employs 6 paid staff and uses 41 volunteers to provide primary and urgent care, prescription medications, and patient education for over 500 uninsured low-income adults. The Free Clinic also collaborates with several community resources to help meet other needs of our patients. These resources include service providers for behavioral health, dental care, transportation, housing, literacy, employment and job training, and nutrition counseling.
As a primary care practice the Free Clinic must follow all healthcare standards of care, privacy/confidentiality regulations, and the licensing and insuring of paid and volunteer medical professionals.
Free Clinic patients must meet three criteria: they must live in Culpeper, be without health insurance, and earn less than 250% of the federal poverty level.