New Dental Clinic – Open for Business!
We’re delighted to report that AFC welcomed the new year by opening the doors on a 3-chair dental clinic
within our facility. This opening marks the culmination of a successful 18-month capital campaign inspired
by a long-time volunteer whose father died from dental complications he could not afford to treat. Her extraordinary gift—and the gifts of our generous campaign donors—are now hard at work ensuring AFC patients have access to the vital dental care they need.
Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, once again awarded AFC its top rating of 4 stars for financial health, responsibility, and transparency. Only 12% of the organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Social Determinants of Health Grant
AFC was awarded a grant from Northern Virginia Health Foundation to collaborate with the three other clinics serving Arlington’s most vulnerable: Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Clinic, Arlington Pediatric Center, and Arlington Department of Human Services’ Maternity Clinic. The partners are being funded to look at socioeconomic factors negatively impacting our community’s sickest residents in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods (in certain parts of Arlington, 45% of children live in poverty and life expectancies are as much as 10 years less than for those residing in more affluent, adjacent neighborhoods). We built and are now implementing a tool to track housing conditions, vulnerability to utility shut-offs, food insecurity, transportation, physical/emotional abuse, and companionship.
The better we understand how patients’ living, working, and playing conditions are impacting their health, the better we’ll be able to work together to propose systems-level interventions that hold the greatest potential for improving health and lives.
Hepatitis B Grant
AFC is partnering with Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC and George Washington University on a new grant funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health. The grant will support the development of programs to prevent new viral hepatitis infections and reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to hepatitis B.
AFC will screen patients at high risk of infection and provide vaccinations/referrals for treatment as needed. We will work to decrease health disparities by increasing access to care and delivering culturally competent and linguistically appropriate hepatitis prevention/treatment.
Read our entire 2019 Annual Report here.
Susana: From 12 Medications to Healthy & Strong
Moving with Patients Toward Better Health
An Epic Transition to a New Electronic Health Record System
Volunteer Profile: María Teresa
Why We Support Arlington Free Clinic: Dana & Ray Koch
Practice Spotlight: Novant Health Imaging
Board Chair’s Letter