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In community after community, pro bono and student-run health clinics have sprung up over the past 30 years, providing critically needed care to medically underserved populations. Free Clinics is a mosaic formed by accounts of such clinics around the United States. These wide-ranging narratives—from urban to rural, from primary care to behavioral health care—provide examples that will assist other communities seeking to find the model that best fits their needs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for many Americans, but millions remain and will remain uninsured or underinsured. Free clinics provide non-emergency care to those in need. Nationwide, professionals can be found offering volunteer services at these clinics. Contributors to this volume—typically people with personal familiarity (as clinicians or area residents) with the clinics they write about—cover a variety of topics, including a review of the literature, data-driven accounts of clinic usage, and ethical guidelines for student-run clinics. They describe the motivations of clinic staff, the day-to-day work of a family nurse practitioner working in clinics and teaching at a university, the challenges and rewards of providing health care for homeless people, and more. Student-run clinics are the topic of the second section: in addition to providing care to a small subset of those in need, student-run clinics are an important venue for training future clinicians and helping the seeds of altruism with which many enter their professions to germinate. Free Clinics will be useful to policymakers, students and faculty in public health and health policy programs, and clinicians and students who are embarking on launching new clinics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Chapter 1. Free Clinics Stand as a Pillar of the Health Care Safety Net: Findings from a Narrative Literature Review
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: Free Clinics
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. Chapter 2. Psychiatric Street Outreach to Homeless People: Fostering Relationship, Reconnection, and Recovery
  2. pp. 25-29
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  1. Chapter 3. Nurse Practitioners in Community Health Settings Today
  2. pp. 30-35
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  1. Chapter 4. Following the Call: How Providers Make Sense of Their Decisions to Work in Faith-Based and Secular Urban Community Health Centers
  2. pp. 36-49
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  1. Chapter 5. The Jane Dent Home: The Rise and Fall of Homes for the Aged in Low-Income Communities
  2. pp. 50-63
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  1. Chapter 6. Early Collaboration for Adaptation: Addressing Depression in Low-Income New Mothers
  2. pp. 64-69
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  1. Chapter 7. Neighborhood Clinics: An Academic Medical Center–Community Health Center Partnership
  2. pp. 70-76
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  1. Chapter 8. Free Clinics Helping to Patch the Safety Net
  2. pp. 77-85
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  1. Chapter 9. Impact of Providing a Medical Home to the Uninsured: Evaluation of a Statewide Program
  2. pp. 86-105
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  1. Chapter 10. Characteristics of Patients at Three Free Clinics
  2. pp. 106-119
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  1. Chapter 11. Donated Care Programs: A Stopgap Measure or a Long-Run Alternative to Health Insurance?
  2. pp. 120-131
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  1. Chapter 12. Missed Appointment Rates in Primary Care: The Importance of Site of Care
  2. pp. 132-143
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  1. Chapter 13. Free Clinics and the Uninsured: The Increasing Demands of Chronic Illness
  2. pp. 144-153
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  1. Chapter 14. Missed Opportunities for Patient Education and Social Worker Consultation at the Arbor Free Clinic
  2. pp. 154-161
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  1. Chapter 15. Adapting the Chronic Care Model to Treat Chronic Illness at a Free Medical Clinic
  2. pp. 162-172
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  1. Chapter 16. Medical Respite Care for Homeless People: A Growing National Phenomenon
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Part II: Student-Run Clinics
  2. pp. 179-180
  1. Chapter 17. Balancing Service and Education: Ethical Management of Student-Run Clinics
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. Chapter 18. Quality of Diabetes Care at a Student-Run Free Clinic
  2. pp. 189-201
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  1. Chapter 19. Students Who Participate in a Student-Run Free Health Clinic Need Education about Access to Care Issues
  2. pp. 202-207
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  1. Chapter 20. The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project: Transdisciplinary Health Professional Education
  2. pp. 208-221
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  1. Chapter 21. Charlottesville Health Access: A Locality-Based Model of Health Care Navigation for the Homeless
  2. pp. 222-227
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  1. Chapter 22. UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
  2. pp. 228-232
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  1. Chapter 23. The Promise Clinic: A Service-Learning Approach to Increasing Access to Health Care
  2. pp. 233-241
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  1. Chapter 25. HealthSTAT: A Student Approach to Building Skills Needed to Serve Poor Communities
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-271
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421408859
Related ISBN
9781421408842
MARC Record
OCLC
839389078
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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