What is Free Clinics of Michigan?
Free Clinics of Michigan (FCOM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots, volunteer organization. Leadership is provided by a Board of Directors and a small administrative staff. Clinics that actively participate in FCOM benefit from a network of generous dedicated professionals, eager to support each other.
History of the Organization
In 1996, free clinic directors from Michigan and Illinois met to discuss how they might support each other in providing health care to the uninsured. Out of this meeting evolved the Free Clinics of the Great Lake Region (FCGLR)- a seven state network of 250 clinics. Later in 2000, the Michigan Clinics organized a subset of FCGLR, the Free Clinics of Michigan (FCOM). FCOM became its own free clinic in 2008 and has acted as it's own organization since then.FCGLR eventually dissolved in 2014.
What does the FCOM Network do?
- Supports the development of new clinics across the state
- Acts as a resource to free clinics, offering assistance with policies, resources, programs and issues
- Holds a conference annually to address topics of common interest
- Works with state officials and legislators to educate them regarding the needs of the uninsured and influence public policy