Through an ongoing strategic planning process, we identified the following organizational goals for FY17:
1. General Operating Support. This will help us expand our capacity so that we may accommodate the heightened demand for all of our services.
2. Volunteer Providers. While our current staff of volunteer medical and mental health providers does much to serve the health needs of our community, a larger team of volunteers would enable us to do much more. We are always in need of volunteer M.D.s, (general practitioners, specialists, psychiatrists, therapists), R.N.s, L.P.N.s, etc.
Health Brigade–formerly Fan Free Clinic–continues its nearly 50 year legacy as Virginia’s oldest free clinic offering a growing array of medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services to those least served in our community.
In 1968, a small community clinic―formed in conjunction with the free university movement and patterned after similar efforts in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood―was established in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Incorporated two years later, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic) became the first free clinic in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In the 1970s, Health Brigade’s efforts were focused on women’s health and the prevention of transmissible diseases. In the 1980s—responding to the onset of a national epidemic—Health Brigade established the first community-based HIV/AIDS outreach program in the state (and retains to this day a leadership position among HIV/AIDS service organizations). Today, as more and more individuals and families find themselves without adequate health care coverage and affordable resources, Health Brigade is reshaping itself once again to meet contemporary challenges.
In 2015, we are proud to have received national recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home under the most rigorous quality standards to date. This stamp of approval is an indication of the quality of the integrated care we provide.
Throughout our history, Health Brigade has run TOWARD tough health issues of the day when others retreated. We are health crusaders, and Health Brigade will continue to tirelessly carry the flag and pass the buckets, much like a bucket chain, to quell the next raging health care fire, ensuring everyone has access to the quality care they deserve.
Health Brigade welcomed Karen A. Legato, M.P.S., M.S.W., as its new Executive Director on August 2, 2010. Highly respected in the health and social service arena, Karen came to Health Brigade with over 25 years experience in non-profit management and direct services.
Prior to accepting the position, Karen served for 11 years as the Director of Program Services at FRIENDS Association for Children, a three-center agency assisting vulnerable children and families to succeed against the odds in some of Richmond’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Karen has also worked as an organizational consultant, a Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work adjunct professor and field supervisor, Brookside Home Health Director of Medical Social Work Services, a youth minister, pastoral administrator and hospital chaplain.
Karen has served on various boards and community councils and currently is actively involved in the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg’s AGE WAVE planning, Full Circle Grief Center, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) and the Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (Side by Side fka ROSMY).
Primary Care Medical Services are provided to low income and uninsured residents in the Greater Richmond area to improve their health and wellness.
Health Brigade offers the following medical services:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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