Throughout the United States, we respond to the health care needs of low-income, uninsured and under-insured people by supporting more than 1000 safety net partners across the country, as well as offering direct primary care through four of our own free clinics in Connecticut. We provide our partners with access to medicine, medical and other supplies to alleviate patient and organizational costs and improve the delivery of quality care. We work with our partners to respond with emergency programs when natural disasters strike. We complement our product donations with resources and targeted health initiatives that are building capacity in local health centers across the country, strengthening the delivery of health care in their communities.
Americares is the largest provider of medical aid to the U.S. health care safety net. We help partner clinics increase service capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients.
Access to Medicine
Americares U.S Programs last year delivered more than $200 million in medicine and supplies to a network of more than 1000 clinics and health centers. We are licensed or authorized to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Free clinic support means patients don’t go without medication
U.S. Emergency Programs
When disaster strikes here at home, our emergency response team mobilizes immediately, reaching out to free clinics and health centers in our network of over 1000 safety net partners to deliver the right aid to survivors in urgent need. But we don’t stop there: we follow up with field visits and ongoing recovery assistance for communities in crisis. From Hurricane Sandy, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Joplin tornado, to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americares has been on the scene, delivering crucial help, reduce human suffering, and help communities recover.
“Medicine for the poor should not be poor medicine”.
Among the low-income, uninsured population in the U.S., chronic diseases account for more than 75 percent of health care costs and are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 45 percent of all uninsured, nonelderly adults report having at least one chronic condition. We support an array of community health initiatives, helping our network partners serve the uninsured and underinsured with high quality, primary care for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mental health. Many safety net partners also offer a range of services, such as pediatric exams, vaccinations and dentistry. Our partners can find important shared educational information that will help them deliver high quality patient care at SafetyNetCenter.org
Our work in the United States is informed by our experience operating four Free Clinics in Connecticut for low-income uninsured patients where more than 325,000 residents live without health insurance. Americares Free Clinics are located in Danbury, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stamford. The clinics bring together skilled volunteers and donated services to help more uninsured people get the quality care and medicines they need but cannot afford.