Over the past 15 years, the Menomonie Area Free Clinic has seen an overwhelming need for its services, alongside strong community support to provide outstanding care for patients. An incredible resource for those who have no health care alternative or are under-insured, the clinic strives to provide accessible primary health care and preventive health education for Dunn County and surrounding communities in Western Wisconsin.
The Menomonie Area Free Clinic is housed at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie. With medical guidance from volunteer staff from Mayo Clinic Health System and other community health care professionals, the clinic served 500 patients in 2019. Led by over 200 volunteers who accumulated over 1,000 volunteer hours, the clinic provides basic health exams; medications; lab work; and referrals to eye, dental and radiologic services, as needed.
Seventy-four percent of the patients using the free clinic's services reported that they were employed, but, only two patients reported that there were offered insurance through their employer.
When asking patients how they would manage their health without the free clinic, some mentioned that they would not be treated, or would go to urgent care and get another bill they could not pay. For some, free medical care is truly a lifesaver and helps keep patients working, and caring for themselves and their families.