To understand and serve, with dignity and respect, the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved in the San Francisco Bay Area
Since 2010 our goal has been simple, but ambitious: operate a free, volunteer-powered health clinic that provides high-quality, primary care to the hard working uninsured men and women in our community. Because they simply cannot afford to see a doctor, a majority of our patients come to us ill or suffering from chronic disease that have gone unchecked or undiagnosed for years. Every day, we are aware that for most of the working uninsured in our neighborhood, our free clinic is the difference between life and death.
Even with the Affordable Care Act, nearly 90,000 people remain uninsured in San Francisco and San Mateo counties — 25% of this population is in our neighborhood … Mission District, Excelsior and northern San Mateo County. Our goal is to meet the needs of this population, creating a genuine positive impact in our community and leveraging medical partnerships that allow us to support our patients beyond our doors.
Clinic By The Bay is affiliated with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). VIM is a nonprofit that engages an often untapped workforce — retired physicians, nurses, educators and others — to provide comprehensive primary care to the uninsured and underserved. Their mission is inspiring: “May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded; Open arms and hearts to reach out and include them; Healing hands to touch their lives with love; And in the process heal ourselves.”
What We've Achieved
2008: became an officially registered 501(c)(3) non-profit
2010: Saw our first patient
2012: Saw our 1,000th patient
2013: Added in-house physical therapy
2015: Officially licensed by the State of California
2016: Added in-house Mental Health Counseling and launched our Health Coaching program
2017: Added in-house rheumatology and in-house dermatology, and began using telehealth specialist consultations and interpretation
2018: earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency, identified the Clinic’s new home, the shuttered Alemany Emergency Hospital