For the third year, we’ve earned a Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Quality Standards Program!

The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. To quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations.

NAFC Members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within
their organization.

NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources, Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance.

Clinic director Tammy LaGraffe said, “We are proud to have received this top rating, which reflects the commitment of our staff and volunteers to providing quality care for our patients.”

Over the last year, the Free Clinic of Culpeper has expanded support to its patients with new initiatives that include garden boxes on site for harvesting of fresh vegetables, a diabetes/hypertension health education program, monthly health and wellness programs on a variety of topics, quarterly mobile onsite testing for Hepatitis C and HIV, and the installation of tablet devices in the exam rooms that assist with communication by providing health information in Spanish.

LaGraffe notes, “Many individuals and organizations support our patient community. They do so in a variety of ways, from offering access to fresh food, to donating cold weather clothing, to responding to transportation needs. It truly does ‘take a village.’ The clinic’s gold rating also reflects this wonderful community support.”

To learn more about the NAFC, please visit www.nafcclinics.org.

 

 

 

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