Arlington Free Clinic kicked off 2023 with the unveiling of a new mission: “to advance health equity by providing comprehensive, whole-person healthcare to our neighbors who would otherwise lack access.” The pandemic brought to light stark health disparities in the communities where our patients live. But even before the events of the past three years, AFC had been consistently redefining our role in health equity – and how we might better understand and address the community conditions that negatively impact the health of those we serve.
Our new mission statement was developed as part of our new strategic plan. Over the past year, our Board, staff, volunteers, patients, donors, and many other community stakeholders contributed to our strategic plan. Not surprisingly, equity emerged as a major theme. AFC’s new strategic plan (2023 – 2026) will guide us as we work to improve health and provide access to healthcare for those in need. Our newly refined core values will guide us on this journey.