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Program Spotlight

People often ask us how our patients get enrolled to receive the services we offer, so we thought we'd take a moment to explain just how it works.

Patients are referred to us in a variety of ways.  Some are sent to us after hospital stays, some learn about what we have to offer from DSS or from community resouorce websites like www.auntbertha.com, some find us via Google search and some simply drive by and see our office.  From there, our application can be printed out from our website, or can be obtained by visiting the Clinic during our posted enrollment hours.  During those enrollment hours we have bilingual staff members available to assist potential patients as needed and intake application forms and supplemental required information.  In order to be aprroved, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be Cabarrus County residents
  • Have a total household income that is less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • AND Not be eligible for Medicaid or Medicare

It takes Clinic Enrollment staff approximately three to four weeks to process applications and documentation.  Once an application has been approved a HealthNet card is issued to the patient and they are referred to receive services at our Clinic on Lake Concord Rd. or at one of 20 other providers.  Their application is also sent to MedAssist, which is a separate program for prescription drugs.  When a patient is approved for that program, they can begin having prescriptions called into the pharmacy housed at our facility and fill them on-site and free of charge.  

During the last quarter the Clinic received 106 new applications for services and 154 requests for recertification in our programs.

Volunteer Spotlight

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Julie Stevenson is one of our valued volunteers who was encouraged to volunteer by Sue Jones, a Board of Director at Community Free Clinic. She began volunteering weekly in 2015 and has provided almost 500 service hours and 160 visits. She lives in Cabarrus County, is a wife, mom and enjoys working with senior adults. Julie also recruited her daughter, Rachel, who is bi-lingual, to volunteer during her summer vacations. Rachel’s time at Community Free Clinic was useful to her becoming more fluent in speaking Spanish. In addition to her weekly work, Julie supports Community Free Clinic at fundraising events as a table host at Festival of Tables and as a guest at other fundraising events.

One of Julie’s first memories was walking into the patient lobby to find staff and patients exercising together. Volunteering makes her feel positive, helpful and fulfilled. She stated that one thing she wishes for others to know is one shouldn’t take healthcare for granted - those of us who have insurance are very fortunate. The patients served at Community Free Clinic (CFC) appreciate and value the access to healthcare services that CFC provides. Before working at CFC, Julie was mistaken and misled to believe that everyone who needed it had Medicaid in the absence of other healthcare coverage. She is impressed with the strong commitment CFC volunteers and staff who assure that those who are uninsured have access to needed healthcare services.

She wants our community to know CFC is a very worthwhile cause and provides needed healthcare services to improve the health of our county. She said if she were a physician or healthcare professional, she would love to provide medical care for CFC’s patients. She also pointed out there are plenty of other opportunities for anyone who wants to give of their time and talent. It is a great opportunity for our young people to learn about and serve those who are less fortunate and explore various healthcare fields of study.

Julie is grateful to know so many individuals in our community who are engaged and support Community Free Clinic. She loves to see that her own healthcare providers volunteer and support the clinic.  Thank you, Julie!

Food Pharmacy

Our Food Pharmacy - Where Fruits and Vegetables Join Pills as Prescription Options

Some diseases are better treated by a change in diet than by a pill, but nutritional advice is impossible to follow when a patient may not know where the next meal is coming from or lives in a place without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Many patients may not know how to prepare the right foods to get their chronic conditons under control.  That's where the Community Free Clinic's Lifestyle Medicine Food Pharmacy comes into play.  This innovative pilot program, made possible by grant funding from the Office of Rural Health and the CVS Health Foundation, utilizes a partnership between the Clinic, Cooperative Christian Ministries, Cabarrus Health Alliance and local grocery stores and gardens to offer select patients referrals to the Food Pharmacy, housed on the second floor of the Clinic. 

This month, patients of our High Risk Diabetic Clinic began to be identitifed and referred to participate in this program.  Our medical providers arm these patients with education and coaching and enroll them in healthy cooking classes as needed.  Patients will pick up their food (including enough for their families) on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to meet with Clinic staff during their pick up.

We are confident that patients who participate in this program will see reduced A1C levels and experience significant improvements in blood sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure.  While providing their families with healthy meals they prepare themselves, they will be better able to manage their diabetes with fewer complications.  These outcomes will be tracked and reported to ensure that this program is making a real-life difference for our patients. 

Pictured below is the future home of our Food Pharmacy, made possible by a generous donation from Food Lion.

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Patient Spotlight

Rich

Rich learned about the Community Free Clinic while participating in a mobile medical clinic in Charlotte in 2011. At the time, Rich was unemployed and without health insurance. Grace Liem, FNP saw Rich as a patient. When Grace realized Rich was from Cabarrus County (not Mecklenburg County), she recommended Community Free Clinic as an alternative to driving into Charlotte. Rich made his first appointment and continued as a patient until he began receiving Medicare benefits. Rich credits the Community Free Clinic with saving his life.

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Marie's Retirement Celebration!

We Celebrated Marie Dockery's Retirement from the Clinic in March.  Marie served as our Executive Director since 2012 and while we are thrilled that she is beginning her next chapter, we will dearly miss her!

 

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Pharmacy Hours

  • Mon:
    9am - 4pm
  • Tue:
    9am - 3pm
  • 3rd Wed:
    6:30pm - 8pm
  • Wed:
    Closed
  • Thu:
    9am - 5pm
  • Fri:
    Closed

Clinic Hours

  • Mon:
    9am - 3pm
  • Tue:
    9am - 5pm
  • 2nd Wed:
    5:30pm - 8pm
  • Wed:
    9am - 4pm
  • Thu:
    9am - 5pm
  • Fri:
    Closed

HealthNet enrollment

  • Tue:
    9am - 11am
  • Wed:
    1pm - 3pm
  • Thu:
    9am - 11am

phone and Address

(704) 782-0650 | 528 A Lake Concord Rd. NE, Concord, NC 28025

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