The mission of the Bridgeport Free Clinic (BFC) is to provide medical care for the uninsured community of Bridgeport, where 35% of the population is Asian and, of the 22% uninsured in the community area, the largest proportion (28%) is of Asian descent. The clinic, located at 3001 S. Lowe Ave., focuses on screening and urgent care for conditions that affect Asian patients more commonly, including hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, Hepatitis B, liver disease, and smoking. In addition, the clinic helps enroll patients in insurance plans through navigators for the Affordable Care Act, and refers patients to nearby Federally Qualified Health Centers for comprehensive primary care services. Interpretive services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish are available for all clinic patients.
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Bridgeport Free Clinic Sign
Students and attendings at the opening session of the Bridgeport Free Clinic
"Since Bridgeport Free Clinic is so new, all volunteers have had a chance to shape the way BFC provides care to the Chinese immigrants in Bridgeport. Personally, as a child of immigrants, I appreciate the opportunity to give back to other immigrants and help navigate them through barriers to receiving affordable healthcare." - Phil Hsu, MSTP
"During our pre-clinical years of medical school-- when we must spend the vast majority of our time in lectures and studying-- the free clinics provide a humbling and revitalizing reminder of why we chose to pursue a career in medicine. That is, to provide compassionate care to others." - Lucy Xu, MS3
Students and attendings in a meeting at the Bridgeport Free Clinic
Preparing for patients