Our Common Threads: Change. Compassion. Connection. This is the theme for the NAFC’s 2017 Charitable Health Care Symposium.
The Free Clinic movement can be predated back to the 1960s, where people saw a need in their communities and decided to bring about change, to bring compassion to their neighbors in need and to bring connection to vital, life saving health care. Change, compassion, connection – these are just a few things that continue to unite members of the Free & Charitable Community, they are our common threads.
Over the years our clinics continue to adapt, embracing change, advocating for our patients and creating change in health care. They provide access to compassionate care, they connect patients with the care they need, enhance connections with volunteers who have the opportunity to give back in their community, and they work hard to connect with other partners in health in communities across the country.
This generosity and dedication to the medically underserved and to the idea of access to affordable, quality health care is what connects our members, their staff and volunteers throughout the nation. While community needs might differ, size and reach might differ, political views might differ, everyone in the charitable health care community shares many of these common threads that connect us all.
This year's Symposium will focus on these common threads, providing important education and technical assistance on change that is occurring in the health care world, opportunities for change in developing new programs or changing models, on ways to enhance the ability to provide compassionate care, and how to enhance connections with patients, volunteers, donors and partners.
The 2017 NAFC Charitable Health Care Symposium will be held on October 1-3 in beautiful Denver (Broomfield), Colorado at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. This symposium is the only national meeting that is specifically designed to address the issues and topics that safety net clinics, organizations, staff, and volunteers face on a daily basis.
We hope that you will join us in Denver for important opportunities for education, technical assistance, sharing best practices and networking with your peers from the Charitable Health Care Community!