Health Brigade is New Name for Virginia’s Oldest Free Clinic
Sophia Toe, 2016 Summer Intern
For nearly 50 years, Fan Free Clinic has been providing medical care in Richmond to those that need it most. Because the organization provides much more than medical services, including a legacy of addressing the most pressing health issues of the day, its name has been changed to Health Brigade.
Health Brigade provides medical care to the unemployed, underemployed and working poor. For years, the organization has provided community outreach and education services for HIV/AIDS. Today, it also provides patient-focused, coordinated medical and mental health services to those that qualify, including the transgender community.
Executive Director Karen Legato states, “Our willingness to take immediate action when faced with a crisis is reminiscent of historic ‘bucket brigades’, where community members rushed to line up and pass water buckets and help neighbors battle community catastrophes. That is exactly what we do each and every day.”
For more information, call 804-358-6343 or visit HealthBrigade.org.