InterFaith Health Clinic
InterFaith Health Clinic exists to provide accessible, affordable, and quality health care to the low-income, working uninsured and underserved regardless of race, sex, creed, age, religion, national origin, or ability to pay.
As a fixture in Knoxville’s healthcare community since 1991, InterFaith has provided over 300,000 patient encounters to over 24,000 individual patients. InterFaith provides comprehensive medical, dental, mental health care, and prescription medications on a sliding fee scale to individuals who would otherwise delay care, go into debt to receive care, or simply do without. In essence, InterFaith provides a “hand up” – not a handout – to low-income workers who have nowhere else to turn for health care.
InterFaith lowers barriers to health care (such as cost) and increases accessibility for low-income patients (ex: by offering evening clinics for patients who work day shift and can’t afford to miss work). The clinic’s medicine dispensary provides patients with $2 million in prescription medications each year, and patients have access to lifesaving specialty care and hospitalizations all according to InterFaith’s sliding fee scale.
In summary, InterFaith strives to provide an affordable medical home to low-income workers so they can experience an improved quality of life and become contributing members of our community.
If we win
If InterFaith wins, we will create a Healthy Living Kitchen Classroom to equip low-income patients struggling with diabetes and CHF to manage their disease, thus improving their quality of life. To make permanent changes, you have to give people the tools to succeed. If we win, we will:
Educate – We will equip participants with cost-effective, impactful, and relevant knowledge that produces results. Example: If you can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables, buy frozen. If you don’t have a freezer, buy canned fruits and vegetables in natural juices without added salt.
Encourage & mentor – We will celebrate every success. Peers will make the journey together. Mentors will provide information, encouragement, and hand-holding when necessary.
Provide a positive environment – InterFaith will provide an environment that takes the fear out of change. Participants won’t worry about being the “overweight” person in the class. We will all be dealing with similar problems in similar situations.
Partnerships with the United Way of Greater Knoxville, Knox County Health Department, and UT Medical Center have already been established to broaden the scope and impact of this initiative and ensure that participants are empowered to improve their health so they can continue being contributing members of the community.