Arlington Free Clinic, Inc.

aka AFC   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org

Mission

Arlington Free Clinic provides free, high-quality medical care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

Notes from the nonprofit

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) is an innovative, community-based, volunteer driven nonprofit providing free, high-quality healthcare for low-income, medically uninsured adult residents of Arlington, Virginia. Since 1994, we have been filling the gap in access to medical care for the community's most vulnerable residents. We currently have close to 500 medical and non-medical volunteers delivering comprehensive health services onsite in our primary care setting, as well as in the private offices of referral partners in the community. Our patient-centered approach to healthcare includes primary and specialty care, women's health, mental health, physical therapy, oral healthcare and navigation to non-medical safety-net services. AFC continues to be Arlington's only provider of free, comprehensive healthcare. Last year, we served 1,622 patients in over 8,674 visits, administered 1,047 vaccinations and filled over 22,124 prescriptions through our onsite pharmacy.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms. Nancy White

Main address

2921 11th Street, South

Arlington, VA 22204 USA

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EIN

54-1671883

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (E11)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are 11,000 low-income, uninsured Arlington adults who are not eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. AFC is the medical home for 1,500 of these underserved members of the community. The need for AFC's services continues to greatly exceed our capacity. We accept new patients via monthly lotteries (shown here) or by referral from Virginia Hospital Center and local shelters. All AFC patients live in Arlington County and have incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (for a family of 4, this is $48,500). Most are parents with children who live at home. Our patients live in every zip code in Arlington, and each is an integral part of their own family and our community. AFC's impact cascades beyond our patients and into their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods and children's schools.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arlington Free Clinic Medical Services

Arlington Free Clinic provides comprehensive medical care. Programs include: Primary Care, Specialty Medicine, Nurse Practitioner Program, Women's Health Services, Breast Health Community Outreach Program, Immunization Program, Mental Health Services,
Physical Therapy, Full Pharmacy Services,
Intensive Care Coordination, Dental Care,
Patient Education, Patient Support Groups

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Featured Charity 2012

Catalogue for Philanthropy

Alumna Achievement Award 2008

Virginia Health Care Foundation

James B. Hunter Award 2007

Arlington County

Neighborhood Excellence Award 2006

Bank of America

Three Stars 2014

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Free Clinics 1995

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of vaccines administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arlington Free Clinic Medical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of patient consultations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arlington Free Clinic Medical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals who are receiving timely health/dental exams

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Arlington Free Clinic Medical Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) is a volunteer driven nonprofit working to build a healthy community by providing high quality medical services for residents who face significant barriers to better health – including people who struggle financially and do not have health insurance. By offering regular, comprehensive care focused on helping patients become and remain as healthy as possible, we are giving more Arlingtonians a chance to live a healthy life.

AFC relies on the dedication and generosity of volunteers and donors to provide and support our life saving services. We do not receive federal funding.

Primary strategies to respond to the significant health needs in our community include:

• Providing essential health services for community members who would not otherwise afford care

• Partnering with hundreds of talented and respected medical and lay volunteers and medical organizations to provide access to a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options

• Using a patient-centered model of care with high standards of quality

• Continuously innovating to optimize access, quality and efficiency

• Practicing sound stewardship to leverage the community resources that are invested in our clinical services

From the beginning, AFC has maintained a clear focus on mission and a commitment to medical, organizational and operational excellence.
Internal strengths include:
• Diverse, experienced staff of professionals committed to high quality, compassionate patient care

• Active, engaged, knowledgeable and supportive Board of Directors

• Strategic planning to ensure progress toward clearly defined goals

• Well thought-out program design and evaluation to ensure nationally accepted medical standards of care are being met/exceeded and that medical services are meeting patient/community needs

• Fiscal responsibility that includes an annual audit and active financial management by a Finance Committee that includes Board and community members and the Executive Director

• Resource development that is appropriately staffed, includes multiple sources of income and is transparent and accountable to funders

• Volunteer management that ensures volunteers are qualified, trained and appropriately placed

External strengths include:
• Steadfast support of volunteers and donors committed to making a positive difference in the lives of patients and the health of the Arlington community

• A broad network of physicians and diagnostic centers that provide pro bono care for AFC patients

• Active involvement and leadership in county and regional health initiatives created to strategically approach community health improvement

• Active participation in professional and community organizations including the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Arlington

• Volunteer Excellence - AFC continues to recruit and retain a remarkable cadre of over 400 volunteers who are integrated into all aspects of patient care and administrative and fundraising operations. Over half of our volunteers have been with the Clinic for five years or more. Volunteer retention is enhanced by clear job descriptions; meaningful, team-oriented work; flexible scheduling and ongoing appreciation.

• Comprehensive Care - AFC has successfully expanded services throughout our 20 years by adding programs to meet patient needs. Services include: primary care, on and off-site specialty care, pharmacy services, mental health, physical therapy and nutrition education. Access to dental care was implemented in 2015. One ongoing challenge has been a high rate of obesity in our patient population. Going forward, we will develop and implement a program to address obesity in our patients. We will also work with other organizations in Arlington to target obesity through cross sector community initiatives.

• Community Partnerships - Through long-term community partnerships with our community hospital (Virginia Hospital Center), medical practice groups and diagnostic facilities, AFC patients have access to free diagnostics and specialized procedures, including surgery and chemotherapy. By establishing and nurturing these effective partnerships, the Clinic provides comprehensive, patient-centered, coordinated care at minimum cost to the community.

• Permanent Clinic Facility - Several years ago, AFC relocated to a new Clinic space that we own. Located in the neighborhood where the majority of our patients live, AFC is now firmly rooted in our community. In keeping with our tradition of excellence, the facility was the first free clinic in the nation to earn LEED Gold status for sustainable design and construction.

• Health Technology – In 2010, AFC successfully navigated the hurdles and implemented an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) that was developed by the Department of Defense and adapted for AFC at no charge. While this technology has had an enormously positive impact on what we can do with patient data, there are considerable limitations to our current system. We hope to address the limitations of our health IT systems by engaging with Virginia Hospital Center during its three-year plan to choose a new EMR, and to convert our system to that which they choose. This would provide us with an updated electronic medical record, which is beneficial since the one we are currently using is becoming obsolete. In addition, using the same system as our hospital partner would allow us to share all patient information and provide more timely and target

• Affordable Care Act (ACA) – The ACA does not alter AFC's mission. Not all uninsured people are eligible to obtain health care coverage through the ACA. And even if all eligible Arlingtonians got health insurance, there will still be thousands of uninsured residents in our community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arlington Free Clinic, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Adam Hess

Venable, LLP

Term: 2018 - 2019

Adam Hess

Partner, Venable, LLP

Dianne Houghton

Senior Advisor of Organizational Performance, Library of Congress

Meredith Anderson

Graduate Student, Harvard University

Grant Ehat

Principal, JBG Rosenfeld Retail

Edgar Aranda-Yanoc

Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations; Legal Aid Justice Center's Immigrant Advocacy Program

Kathleen Buto

Commissioner, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Ginger Loper

Lobbyist, Loper Consulting

John Rhee

Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Surgeon; Virginia Hospital Center

Diane Naughton

David Duhamel

Director of the Lung Cancer Center, Outpatient Oncology Services and Pulmonary Special Procedures Unit, Virginia Hospital Center

Carly Kelly

Assistant General Counsel, CareFirst

Joseph Lynch

Partner at Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

Douglas Root

Managing Director of Investments, Greystar Real Estate Partners

Jennifer Sosin

Chair, Global Strategy & Insights at Weber Shandwick

Keegan Stroup

Office Managing Director, Washington DC, Andersen Tax

Katy Banks

John Couric

Chief Financial Officer, Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC

Danine Fresch Gray

Dentist/Owner, Clarendon Dental Arts

David Ogilvie

Assistant Director of Case Management, Virginia Hospital Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2020,

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