The NLVS Free Health Clinic runs with the involvement of volunteer attending physicians, nurses, medical students, health educators, translators, and administrative staff. The clinic has been designed as a student-run clinic with medical students from several of the medical schools around Chicago working together in a collaborative effort to provide medical care to the uninsured and underserved under direct supervision of a physician fully licensed in the State of Illinois . The list of medical schools currently includes the University of Illinois at Chicago , Rush University , Northwestern University , Chicago Medical School , Loyola University , and University of Chicago .
The clinic has 3 primary goals:
1) To provide basic health care to uninsured and underserved patients
2) To provide basic preventative care / health education to patients and the community
3) To provide learning opportunities for students in the clinical setting
Working with the IAMA Charitable Foundation, NLVS began running the free health clinic at 2645 W. Peterson Avenue in Chicago towards the end of 2003. It is now open each Saturday from 10am to 2pm . Founded by Dr. Vijay Khiani , the clinic started with only a few patients each week, but within a very short period of time, this population has now grown to almost 25-30 patients on a given day. The free health clinic currently has the capacity to perform blood pressure tests, basic blood work (CBC, CMP, Lipids, HgbA1c, U/A), blood sugar tests, EKGs, and general physical exams. X-rays and ultrasound services are offered through an associated hospital. The clinic also provides free prescription samples to patients, based on the availability. If patients require further medical care, attending physicians can refer them to hospitals in the Chicagoland area. The NLVS clinic provides basic medical care as well as preventative services to the underserved and uninsured.
The aim of NLVS is to serve a diverse community of underprivileged individuals who cannot afford healthcare. To publicize the availability of these services, outreach efforts are made at homeless shelters, adolescent centers, children's homes, social service agencies, and soup kitchens throughout the city to ensure that medical care is available to a wide array of uninsured individuals within our society.
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