The New Freedmen’s Clinic (NFC) is a FREE student-run, attending supervised healthcare initiative which aims to serve the underserved and uninsured residents of the Washington, D.C. area. The clinic project is named after Freedmen’s Hospital (1862-1975), the first post-Civil War hospital opened in Washington, DC for newly emancipated Southern slaves. As the largest student-driven community service initiative at Howard University College of Medicine, the New Freedmen’s Clinic hopes to reduce health disparities by providing quality healthcare service to the needy and indigent population of our community. Howard University’s College of Medicine established its Student-Run Free Clinic in hopes to mobilize its medical students and medical professionals to help underserved and uninsured groups in the Howard University community and beyond.
The Clinic hopes to establish an innovative platform of educating patients on health and disease management in underserved areas. The Clinic will be leader in educating medical students on primary/community health systems and patient care throughout their matriculation.
- Equal Access: Medical services at the NFC are free and delivered in a timely manner.
- Quality and Professional Healthcare: Quality healthcare is delivered to all our patients, with special attention to customer service, patient outcome, and follow-up
- Prevention of Disease: NFC offers primary care and screening to improve the quality of life for patients.
- Education & Participation: Our patients are encouraged to participate in maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and empowered to improve their health status.
- Compassion: Every patient is treated with respect and care regardless of that patient’s age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, and ability to pay or provide evidence of insurance coverage.
- Social Service and Justice: All members of society with ordinary and extraordinary needs have a right to quality healthcare.
- Humanistic-based Medical Education: Our medical student volunteers are geared towards providing care which is patient-centered and culturally competent.