About Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine - The Founders Clinic
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The Founders Clinic, located in Oregon City, is the first free clinic in Clackamas County. Opened in February, 2012, patients are served Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings by volunteer medical professionals. Services are provided free of charge to those who qualify.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Primary Care. The clinic provides primary health care services to low-income, uninsured county residents on an appointment basis. Personalized medical care for routine, non-emergency and chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease is provided in addition to education and equipment for self-care.
The clinic is committed to providing free medical service to adult Clackamas County residents:
Who do not have health insurance
Who do not have access to healthcare
Whose annual income is below 200% of the poverty level
Becoming a patient
New patients are screened for eligibility, so please call 503-722-4400 to set up a screening appointment. You may need to leave a message, but a volunteer will call back to explain the process to verify your eligibility. During this conversation, you will be told what to bring with you to verify that '
You are a Clackamas County resident.
Your income for the last 3 months meets our guidelines.
You do not have access to health care.
Special situations. We realize you may have difficulty providing some of this information. If you do, please talk to the eligibility screener about your situation.
If your living arrangements are in transition or if you are experiencing homelessness
If you do not have the suggested documents.
Immigration documents are not requested.
Medical appointments. Your first appointment will be set up as you finish your screening appointment.
Staying eligible. You will be asked to reconfirm your eligibility every 6 months. Because appointments are long enough to ensure individualize care, it is very important to arrive on time and to notify the clinic right away if you will be later or aren't able to keep your appointment.
Since this is a sliding fee scale clinic, we have provided the Federal Poverty Guidelines below. Visit the Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine - The Founders Clinic website listed above to see what the level is needed for free care.
Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2022
|Persons In Family Household||Poverty Guideline Salary per year|
For Households with more than 8 persons, add $4,480 for each additional person.
*Alaska and Hawaii have different rates for HUD federal poverty guidelines.
These numbers above represent 100% of the Federal Poverty Rate. In order to get reduced or free services from some clinics, they use a sliding fee scale based on your income.When they use a sliding fee scale, the 100% rate can be different than 100%. In those cases, using for example a 200% federal poverty level, you will only need double the 100% number listed above to 200%.
COVID-19 Information for Patients
Contact your healthcare provider by phone before coming to a clinic or hospital if you meet the following criteria:
- Symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, fatigue, headache
- Symptoms such as muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose.
- Contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 within 14 days of onset of systems
Mild Covid Symptoms
- Low-grade fever (approx 100 degrees Fahrenheit for adults)
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Mild, dry cough
- Mild body aches
Moderate Covid Symptoms
- Fever above 100.4 F
- Persistent cough
- Temporary shortness of breath when you exert yourself
- Exhaustion, need to stay in bed
Severe Covid Symptoms
- Constant trouble breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- Trouble staying awake
- Blue lips or face