What We Do
CARE HARBOR: A destination and a gateway
Care Harbor provides free medical, dental and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in our communities. For those who live without access to the care they need, our clinic events are a destination for help and hope.
Care Harbor is also a gateway. Patients who have conditions needing follow-up are connected to medical homes for continuing care after the clinic ends. And all those who come to Care Harbor receive prevention and self-care resources that empower them to lead healthier lives. We are working to bring lasting change to the individuals and communities we serve.
Care Harbor is transforming free clinic events from episodic to sustainable care. In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment, we are meeting the challenge with innovations that can help our most vulnerable populations live healthy, productive lives.
Healthcare on a massive scale
Care Harbor converts arenas and other large venues into working clinics treating thousands of people in the space of a few days. Our events may have 100 dental chairs, 20 vision lanes, 40 primary care and subspecialty exam rooms, a women’s health section, dispensary, and many other resources. We offer everything from dental fillings, extractions and cleanings to eye exams and prescription glasses, from medical evaluations and procedures to immunizations and screenings.
Care Harbor is a temporary clinic but we do not provide temporary care. We connect patients with conditions that require further treatment or evaluation to local clinics and practices that can provide ongoing primary and specialty care. Representatives from these facilities are on site at Care Harbor to make follow-up appointments before patients leave the event.
Prevention and wellness
Prevention is the most effective and economical form of healthcare. We provide counseling and resources from smoking cessation to nutrition, from stress management to emergency preparedness. We’ve innovated a preventive dentistry section to help maintain oral health (90% of dental problems are preventable). Our healthcare philosophy of prevention as well as intervention leads to healthier individuals, families and communities.
A continuing need
Even in this era of healthcare reform, some 30 million people will remain uninsured by 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Those with insurance may have limited dental or vision coverage, or deductibles they cannot afford. The community shares this burden. When uninsured patients use a local ER for primary care, the unreimbursed costs increase everyone’s insurance premiums. When treatable diseases are allowed to progress to a critical and costly stage, they add to the burden on local safety net resources. Conversely, correcting vision, dental or other health problems can increase employability and productivity. Accessible care benefits everyone.