Formerly the Fan Free Clinic, Health Brigade (HB) provides quality health services, especially to those least served, in a compassionate and non-judgmental environment. In 1968, a small community clinic―formed in conjunction with the free university movement and patterned after similar efforts in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood―was established in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Incorporated two years later Health Brigade became the first free clinic in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the 1970s, HB’s efforts were focused on women’s health and the prevention of transmissible diseases. In the 1980s—responding to the onset of a national epidemic—HB established the first community-based HIV/AIDS outreach program in the state (and retains to this day a leadership position among HIV/AIDS service organizations). Today, as more and more individuals and families find themselves without adequate health care coverage and affordable resources, Health Brigade is reshaping itself once again to meet contemporary challenges. It’s this responsiveness—fueled by ingenuity and an unwavering commitment to the community it serves—that characterizes HB and allows us to say “Welcome”…day after day, month after month, and year after year.
|Classification||Health, Human Services|
|Primary Contact Name||Karen Legato|
|Primary Contact Position||Executive Director|
|Address||1010 N. Thompson Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230|
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