Community Impact

The Free Medical and Dental Clinic is committed to the belief that access to affordable health care is a basic human necessity. The Clinic exists to provide the widest scope of primary care possible to those who do not have access to other health care providers.

To read a copy of the Clinic's current Strategic Plan, click here.

In High Demand

During the last fiscal year (July 1, 2016– June 30, 2017) the Clinic provided medical and dental services to 1,656 people during 5,224 clinic visits. The client base of the Free Clinic is diverse. Most Free Clinic clients are working individuals who either are not offered health insurance through their jobs, or cannot afford the cost of the insurance.

Most of our clients are adults, as more resources are available in our community for children. We are usually able to refer our youngest clients to other providers. Although the majority of our clients are from Johnson County, we are able to provide services to patients from all over the state as well as patients from overseas who become ill while visiting the United States.

During the Clinic's 47 years of operation, there has been a steady need for our services. The number of clinic appointments available has increased since the clinic first opened.  Our staff and volunteers cannot always keep up with the demand, especially for the increasing number of people diagnosed with chronic medical conditions. As a result, we sometimes have to turn away clients when there are not enough appointments available to accommodate everyone in need.

Funding Sources

The Free Clinic is funded through multiple sources. Johnson County and United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties are two of our main sources of financial support. We also rely very heavily on funding from private donors. The Clinic's support from our community has been generous, including support from the Cities of Iowa City and Coralville, local churches, service groups, businesses, and the Johnson County Community Foundation.        

A recent study comparing the cost of our services to other local providers found that we provide over $5 of service for every dollar contributed to the Clinic. Please consider the Free Medical and Dental Clinic when planning your annual giving. 

Here, you can find our official 990 form and Financial Statements for FY 2016.


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