VISTA service to increase access to quality healthcare in Wisconsin

WISCONSIN: Through service and volunteerism the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, Inc (WAFCC) is connecting passionate, driven individuals to high-impact projects that will improve access to quality health care via the WAFCC Standards of Excellence at FIVE Wisconsin free and charitable clinics as AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Services to America) members.  This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Katherine Gaulke, WAFCC Executive Director explains, “WAFCC has been working on creating the Standards of Excellence for Wisconsin’s 82 free and charitable clinics for the past year – we are excited to be moving on to the implementation phase this summer.”

WAFCC is currently seeking passionate individuals for year-long service opportunities. WAFCC VISTA Service opportunities include:

  • Community Connections Free Clinic (Dodgeville) – Outreach Specialist
  • HealthCare Network (Racine) – Development Associate
  • HealthNet of Rock County (Janesville) – Development Assistant
  • Lake Area Free Clinic (Oconomowoc) – Program Associate
  • St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care Bucyrus Campus Medical Clinic (Milwaukee) – Development Coordinator

Gaulke further explained that no healthcare reform or repeal proposed will eliminate the uninsured and that safety-net providers, such as free and charitable clinics, will continue to be needed. AmeriCorps VISTA members will work with WAFCC and community leaders to fight poverty, develop job opportunities, implement the Standards of Excellence, increase access to quality health care, and promote healthy living.

“Being a VISTA member at a free and charitable clinic will not only grow the member’s skill-set, but will have a long-term positive impact on the community by increasing the capacity and sustainability of the safety-net” stated Gaulke.

VISTA members receive a monthly living allowance, a choice of an education or cash award, plus additional benefits! Learn more at www.WAFCClinics.org/VISTA.

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The Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WAFCC) was founded in 2014 to support, strengthen, and advocate for the uniqueness of the Wisconsin free and charitable clinics, the patients they serve, and the communities with whom they partner. More information about the clinic can be found at www.wafcclinics.org.

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