The Iowa City Free Clinic was established in 1971 by a group of people who were all concerned about the high cost of health care. They believed that access to health care was a basic human right and that everyone – regardless of their ability to pay – should receive needed care.
Clinics were first held in a building in what is now the Pedestrian Mall. Every clinic had to be set up then torn down. Within the first year, the Wesley Foundation on North Dubuque Street offered rented basement space for the Clinic. This served as the location of the clinic until 2006, when it moved to its permanent home, on 2440 Towncrest Drive. We have 6 medical exam rooms, 2 dental operatories, an in-house laboratory, in-house dispensary, and a staffing office. Our lower level is used for diabetic education, meetings, and storage.
Today, the clinic holds 6 medical clinics per week and from 2-5 weekly dental clinics. Patients receive treatment for acute and chronic diseases, as well as specialty care and preventive care. A small staff and over 250 volunteers from a wide range of disciplines provide comprehensive care for hundreds of people in need every month.
Because of the Clinic’s strong community support, the Iowa City Free Clinic is one of the longest running free clinics in the United States.