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AmeriCares Free Clinics News

Our VOLUNTEERS: A Lifeline to Better Health

National Volunteer Week shines a well-deserved spotlight on the crucial work of the dedicated volunteers at AmeriCares.

Celebrating Our Volunteers

ur volunteers were honored for their selfless donation of time and skills during a National Volunteer Week celebration in April. Numbering more than 230, these physicians, nurses, interpreters, screeners and administrative assistants contribute 25,000 hours to care for nearly 3,000 low-income Connecticut residents each year.

Oh, My Aching Back!

Many of our patients are employed in back-breaking manual labor jobs that require frequent bending and heavy lifting, wreaking havoc on their knees and backs. Over time, the wear and tear on their joints and muscles leaves them wincing in pain. If it becomes so debilitating that it prevents patients from earning money to pay rent and buy groceries, their entire family feels the hurt, too.

Docs Tear it Up For a Good Cause

The Fairfield County Medical Association recently sponsored its fourth ShredFest fundraiser for AmeriCares Free Clinics. Physicians from 22 medical practices destroyed 400 boxes of outdated records weighing more than 12 tons during the June 2 event in Norwalk.

Taking Control of Chronic Illness

Patients diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes and other chronic health problems often know they can improve their health with a better diet and exercise. But getting them to make those changes part of their daily routine can sometimes seem like an insurmountable obstacle. Read More...

Norwalk Clinic Renamed for Founder

“Bob was a man of action and decided a free clinic was needed,” said AmeriCares Free Clinics Executive Director Karen Gottlieb. “We have been helping the uninsured here in Connecticut ever since.” Read More...

Expanding Specialty Care for the Uninsured

For the uninsured, specialty care is almost nonexistent. Most health care specialists only accept patients with health insurance. That’s why recruiting volunteer specialists has been a priority since the first AmeriCares Free Clinic opened in 1994. Read More.

Senator Chris Dodd Visits AmeriCares Free Clinic

As health care reform continues to top the national agenda, staff from AmeriCares Free CLincis recently met with U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn, to discuss the growing need for free health care services for the uninsured and the underinsured.

Editorial: Free Clinics Left out of Stimulus Package

Health care in the U.S. was in a crisis long before the pink slips started coming. More than 300,000 Connecticut residents were among the country’s 47 million uninsured before the economic troubles began – and the numbers continue to grow daily as more workers lose their jobs and health insurance.

Weisman Clinic Opens in Bridgeport's Hollow Section

AmeriCares Free Clinics opened its newest location in Bridgeport, Conn., in late September, to a crowd of nearly 100 onlookers including the city's mayor, John Fabrizi, who helped find the space to house the clinic in Bridgeport's Hollow section.

Celebrating 10 Years of Community Service in Danbury

The AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury will celebrate its 10th anniversary in January, recognizing a decade of providing quality health care to Danbury's working poor. Since it opened in 1997, the AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury has provided health care services valued at nearly $6.5 million to more than 5,500 uninsured community residents.

Danbury Clinic Celebrates 10 Years

The AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 18, honoring a decade of providing quality health care to the Greater Danbury Area’s uninsured working poor. Among those turning out to support the clinic at the evening celebration were Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Practicing Old Fashioned Medicine…

Being the Medical Director of AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk is not Dr. Jack Falsone’s first experience volunteering in a clinic setting. Early in his career he volunteered at the Winchester Chest Clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Clinic Expansion Benefits Community

For someone without health insurance, life can be pretty uncertain. Across the country, those without health insurance can be sure of one thing . . . there will be more joining their ranks each year. The AmeriCares Free Clinics offer hope and health to this growing number of people in southwestern Connecticut.

Rite Aid, Right Supplies

Thanks to a $2,500 donation of Rite Aid gift cards, AmeriCares Free Clinics can tailor their inventory to patients’ needs. AmeriCares operates three clinics in Connecticut that provide free health care to low-income residents without health insurance. Rite Aid has more than 5,000 drug stores nationwide, including stores near AmeriCares clinics in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Danbury.

Susan Garofoli: Giving Twice

Fourteen years after she began volunteering for AmeriCares Norwalk clinic, Susan Garofoli is still astounded by the numbers of families without health insurance.

How We Help: One Patient's Story

There are more than 400,000 people living without health insurance in Connecticut, and every single one of them has a story. For nearly 10 years, one young woman from New Milford had been seeking help without any success. Then she found out about the AmeriCares Free Clinics. Here is her story: "I am writing this letter on behalf of my experience with the clinic. AmeriCares is run by angels here on earth. I suppose the only way for you to understand my gratitude is for you to know my story. . ."


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