ommunity Connections Free Clinic is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is:
To provide basic health care for those who cannot afford or access medical services in Iowa County and surrounding areas.
CCFC’s guiding principle is that, together, we can eliminate the obstacles to health care in our community, one patient at a time. There is no charge to see our providers, and prescription medications are provided at little or no cost as needed. Our work is accomplished by 90 medical and lay volunteers and just one paid staff person, and is supported generously by donations from local individuals, churches, businesses and organizations, as well as grants and fundraising events.
Where We Are
CCFC is in downtown Dodgeville, across the street from the Public Library and City Hall. The entry is handicapped accessible. Through the double glass doors you will see a reception area and comfortable waiting room.
We can be reached at:
- Community Connections Free Clinic
101 E. Fountain St.
P.O. Box 184
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Our waiting room and halls are graced with a rotating art exhibit, including work done by Dodgeville Public School children, thanks to the volunteer efforts of art teachers and a Mineral Point artist and educator.
We have four exam rooms, a lab, pharmacy, prescription assistance consult room, social care room, and a kitchen and conference area for specialty services such as mental health counseling and physical therapy.
When We’re Open
Clinic hours are 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, except on holidays. Patient registration begins at 4:30. There are no appointments. Patients are seen on a first come/first serve basis and each patient is given a call number when they register.
What Keeps Us Afloat
CCFC is supported largely by its surrounding community. About 1,000 individuals and families have given one or multiple donations. Iowa County churches regularly submit special collection or special event donations. Many local businesses and service organizations support our work. Grantors during our four years of existence have included Alliant Energy, Salvation Army, United Fund, Iowa County Board, Morton Foundation, Mineral Point Community Chest, Biddick Foundation, Dean/St. Mary’s Health System, and Wisconsin Medical Society.
CCFC By The Numbers
A look at some of the numbers that tell the story of the Community Connections Free Clinic:
- Since opening in October 2006, CCFC has seen more than 2,000 individual patients.
- Those patients have made almost 5,600 visits to the clinic.
- We see 15-20 patients each evening the clinic is open.
- Current Prescription Assistance Program enrollment is about 130 patients. Average annual prescription savings per patient is an estimated $4,366. Estimated total annual prescription savings for our patients is about $650,000.
- We have 80-90 active volunteers, who have given 4,000 hours of direct service in the past 12 months. That does not include the behind-the-scenes work of fundraisers, board members, special projects, and specialized services.
- We need 12 to 14 volunteers on duty each evening the clinic is open to provide all services to our patients.