The DuPage Community Clinic is a free healthcare clinic providing primary medical care, specialty medical care, and mental health services to low income, medically uninsured residents of DuPage County. Staffed by a team blending volunteer healthcare professionals and a core paid staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, medical assistants, social workers, and administrative professionals, the clinic represents true community collaboration. Our vision is that every resident of DuPage County will have access to quality healthcare through a coalition of health care providers.
Formed in 1989, by Dr. Charles Ahn and Dorothy McIntyre of the Peoples’ Resource Center, the DuPage Community Clinic started as a two day a month health clinic in an old house converted to a community center. However, it was clear that there was significant and growing need for the more robust health care services, and the DuPage Community Clinic received its own 501(c)3 designation in August of 1990 and became a separate organization from the Peoples’ Resource Center. As the levels of poverty in DuPage County grew, so did the need for the services provided by the DuPage Community Clinic. What started out as a one room, two day a month medical clinic has become a full time medical clinic, providing acute care, primary care and specialty medical care, mental health services and access to low cost prescription medications. In recent years, the DuPage Community Clinic experienced significant growth due to the economic downturn. Last year the clinic provided over 18,000 patient contacts to 5,000 unduplicated patients. For these 5,000 DuPage County residents, we not only worked to restore their health, but also their hope.
Clinical Services are delivered by utilizing volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who work collaboratively with a small paid staff of administrators, nurses, and administrative support to ensure quality and continuity of care. The DuPage Community Clinic Medical Clinic offers the following services:
- Acute care
- Primary care
- Specialty care, including:
- Coumadin Management
- Diabetic Education
- Endocrinology/Diabetes Management
- Gynecology/Well Woman
- Medication Management
- Mental Health Counseling
- Nutrition Counseling
- Pain Management
- Smoking Cessation
Patients have access to:
- Laboratory Testing
- Diagnostic Testing (ultrasound, mammography, CT scan, etc.)
Testing is provided on site at any of the six local nonprofit hospitals at little or no cost to the patient.
Mental Health Services
There is a strong connection between physical disease and mental health, and vice versa. In order to care for our patients holistically and help our patients achieve their best health, we offer a variety of mental health services including:
- Individual counseling
- Couples/Family counseling
- Group counseling
- Psychiatric evaluation and care
- Neuropsychological evaluation and testing
Access to Prescription Drugs
Our volunteer physicians and nurses would not be able to appropriately treat a patient if that patient did not have access to prescription medication. Knowing that the cost of prescription medication often is the barrier preventing a patient from getting well or maintaining his or her health, the DuPage Community Clinic offers many low cost alternatives so that patients can afford their medications. On Site Dispensary The DuPage Community Clinic operates a small dispensary on site, providing some prescription medications to patients for a small donation. The DuPage Community Clinic receives some medications as samples from pharmaceutical companies and excess stock from local doctors offices. Prescription Assistance Programs In addition, the DuPage Community Clinic also assists patients in utilizing the pharmaceutical companies prescription assistance programs. Access DuPage staff onsite at the DuPage Community Clinic, in partnership with pharmacy volunteers, assist patients in completing applications, helping them keep their applications current, and being the designated distribution point for the medications. Deep Discount Pharmacies We also help patients identify which local pharmacies offer prescription drugs at deep discounts ($4.00 prescriptions). By calling in prescriptions at these pharmacies, we can make medications accessible for low cost. Access DuPage Each Access DuPage patient assigned to the clinichas access to a prescription plan. Patients can pay a co-pay, (ranging from $10 to $50) for their medication, and can have their prescription filled at hundreds of pharmacies throughout DuPage County.