Our mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved in the greater Lane County area. We believe that those who live and work in our community deserve access to health care, no matter their financial situation.
May we have eyes to see those rendered invisible and excluded, open arms and hearts to reach out and include them, healing hands to touch their lives with love, and in the process, heal ourselves.
Providing health care to low-income, underserved residents in Lane County
Can’t afford to go to the doctor? Volunteers In Medicine Clinic is here for you. At VIM, eligible low-income, underserved Lane County residents have access to a free, comprehensive program of health services including primary health care, behavioral health services, women’s health care and more. You may be eligible for health care at VIM if you don’t have health insurance and even if you qualify for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The healthier the citizens, the healthier our community is as a whole
More than 77,000 residents of Lane County don’t have health insurance. For some people, the Affordable Care Act was enough to get them access to the health services they need. For others, the deductibles on insurance are still too expensive. When needed care is delayed, existing health conditions can become major health threats that are both costly and difficult to treat. Often, the only option low-income individuals have in this case is to go to a hospital emergency room. This, of course, is a less than ideal solution, especially if the condition would have been easily treatable in the beginning.
Caring for people in our community is at the center of VIM’s vision. We firmly believe in the power that giving, volunteering, and caring for others enrich our own lives as well as the lives of our patients.