“In the United States, Free and Charitable Clinics serve low-income patients who are either uninsured or underinsured. Clinics and their associations need to know who is currently receiving care and at what level. A consortium of stakeholders including Americares, Loyola University Chicago and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics are designing an infrastructure to enable clinics across the country to collect and report on quality measures.
By collecting and reporting on a standardized set of quality measures and sociodemographic factors, the Roadmap to Health Equity will lay a foundation for improvements in care and give clinics a tool to demonstrate quality of care and assess their progress in promoting health equity.” National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.
City on a Hill Health Clinic has been chosen as a pilot clinic to measure, collect and report on quality measures such as blood pressure readings for three years, beginning in November 2019. This information will ultimately be used to validate the quality work that is being done in Free and Charitable Clinics in the United States. “The goal of this Roadmap to Health Equity Initiative is to improve the quality of care and reduce health inequality for the millions of vulnerable and socially disadvantaged patients who seek care in Free and Charitable Clinics nationwide (NAFC, 2019).”