It has taken a global pandemic for the world to realize the value of healthcare---as well as the gross socioeconomic disparities surrounding its delivery. We hear every day of the risks that those from lower socioeconomic brackets take as they attend work during COVID as "essential workers." We hear of the increased risk of Hispanic and Black communities to COVID. We hear of the 25% of Texans who are uninsured and unable to afford care.
We hear all of these things, but essential workers still remain unessential enough to warrant health insurance. Hispanic and black communities still remain medically underserved and uneducated. The 25% of Texans without insurance still choose to pay for food instead of health insurance premiums. Individuals from lower socioeconomic brackets ultimately have two choices when they get sick --- take out loans for healthcare or let the sickness run its route. These individuals have always been the most vulnerable, whether it be pre or post-COVID.
Despite all of this great need, Health For All remains the ONLY free indigent clinic in the Brazos Valley. If you do a bit of quick, mildly accurate math, 25% of uninsured Texans make up 57,302 of Brazos County's 229,211 residents. To put that in perspective, a clinic running on grants and donations alone, with one paid healthcare provider and a handful of volunteers, is the sole resource for that population. Even during COVID, the clinic remains open. Despite not even having a full time healthcare provider (her grant ran out a few weekd ago), the clinic still remains open. The needs of the indigent persist through hard and easy times, and Health For All--despite its own hardships--remains stalwart in its duty to provide healthcare for those who need it.
As a volunteer at Health For All during undergrad, I saw daily the important role that the clinic played in promoting health and health education among the indigent community. Whether it be something as simple as providing medications to manage someone's hypertension or getting someone imaging for possible breast cancer, Health For All remains committed to providing care for those in need. As a medical student now, I fullheartedly look forward to volunteering with Health For All again as a practicing physician.
I would have died without Health For All. So kind and they always listen. So grateful!
My heart is full of gratitude and thankfulness. Without Health For All, I would have died a year ago. There are no words to emphasize my feelings. Treating me as a person with kindness and listening has genuinely touched me. The staff is awesome and I have always been treated with dignity and respect. Health For All's guidance has changed me and for that, I will be forever grateful!
I had never been without a job or without health insurance before. If it wasn't for the clinic, I probably would have ended up in the emergency room or piled up with doctors' bills.
I'm a mechanic and cannot afford health insurance. I went to the emergency room because I had nowhere else to go when I had constant headaches and dizziness. The emergency room diagnosed me with hypertension and sent me to your clinic. Your help was everything! Thank you for helping and getting my medications.
I have seen the difference this clinic has made in our community. I love that the clinic focuses on preventing ER visits and on prevention of health concerns for the patients. The staff goes out of their way to serve all the patients' needs even if they're not medical.
Health for All's staff and volunteers are incredible. They have such a heart for service. This is an amazing community resource and a Godsend for all those who have been helped.
I lost my insurance when I was laid off. I got another job as a security guard full-time, but the company doesn't have insurance. My doctors have me taking three types of insulin and three pills that add up to way more than I can afford. I also take care of my 70-year-old mother all on a salary of about $22,000 with no health insurance. I would not be alive today without Health For All!
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I had the opportunity to volunteer at Health For All Clinic in Bryan, TX for about 2 years, and it was honestly an eye-opening experience! From my first couple of days, I could tell that the staff at the clinic cared deeply for the patients that walked through the front doors. The clinicians, directors, and various staff members were not only compassionate in their actions and responses, but they were also efficient in their delivery of care. Understanding their vital role in providing healthcare to an underserved population, the workers did their best to be accommodating to different patients' circumstances. The rapport among the office staff made the environment very friendly to volunteer in! Overall, this establishment is a blessing to the community of Bryan/College Station and is impactful in its endeavors to bridge the gap in equal access to health care for lower income families.
Health for All is truly a blessing to many people in the Brazos Valley. Serving with this clinic has been such an amazing opportunity and very eye-opening to see the overwhelming need for affordable medical care within our community. The doctors, nurse practitioners, and staff work tirelessly to provide quality health care to the uninsured, indigent population. Many of our patients fall in the “gap” and are unable to qualify for state or federal health programs. Health for All is able to serve a variety of individuals from the previously incarcerated, working class, disabled, to students, and the homeless. Health for All is an inspiration to many and a more than worthy cause that I am proud to say I have played a small part in.
Health For All truly cares about their patients, and provides essential services for the medically uninsured of the Brazos Valley.
Health For All is truly a unique place. They are a beacon of hope for so many in our community, and deeply care about the work they do for their patients. If you are medically uninsured, this is THE place to go for primary medical care. If you are a medical professional looking to volunteer, this is an absolute DREAM of an opportunity to donate your talents back to the community.
Sadly, I've known far too many Americans who just can't afford skyrocketing health insurance, nor do they qualify for federal or state programs. Many of these folks dealing with heath related matters, some very serious, have suffered in silence. What an absolute blessing for residents of the Brazos Valley to have access to high-quality -- and in some cases-- life-saving healthcare services at no cost to them or their families. That's thanks to the Health for All clinic, funded by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations committed to making a tremendous difference in the lives of others. Everyone associated with Health For All --staff, volunteers, community partners and members of the Board of Directors -- are passionate about trying to ensure that the best possible healthcare services are provided to the thousands of people who are treated at the clinic annually. I certainly hope other communities are able to provide similar services to help address this critical need.
As a board member, I am continually impressed with the dedication of the Health For All volunteers and staff. Our community has so many members in need, and HFA has been there to help and provide hope.
As a Director on the Board ending his 3rd year, I cannot imagine a more impactful nonprofit in the Brazos Valley area. HFA helps people who have no health insurance, while providing a 2nd benefit to the local hospitals by drastically reducing visitors to their ERs who are not emergency cases by taking referrals from the hospitals for those cases. HFA is then the goto clinic for these people. HFA has been a mainstay in the community for over 30 yrs and utilizes a small, dedicated staff of employees and doctors and nursing professionals who volunteer their time and services to the HFA clients. Basic health services are essential in our community and HFA provides access to those adults 18-64 who desperately need them.
I've been an active donor to Health For All Clinic for many years. Their mission to deliver much needed healthcare to adults in the Brazos Valley area who have no means to pay for it has been a 30-year commitment. Dr. Haji began the clinic and still volunteers his time today. The clinic is open M-F and has been able to help well over 3,000 people annually due to the many volunteer Doctors and Nurses, plus a few paid staff members. I serve on the Board of Directors and am starting my 3rd year in that role, this year as the Chair. We have a good group of volunteer directors from the community, and a wonderful Executive Director. The clinic receives non-emergency referrals from the hospitals in our area, which saves many tax dollars and helps make sure the hospitals are using their time to handle real emergency cases. HFA has a great working relationship with the hospitals and receives some funding from them. I cannot think of many non-profit organizations that have operated in our area that have survived and thrived for 30 years. I love being able to help them to help those in need. Thanks.
A great place. A great group of caring folks! Mari, Tenika, Carol, Bernadette and Doris and absolutely the bestest!
This is a wonder facility. A little over a year ago i had lost my job due to health. I have congestive heart failure, a fib, graves disease and hypertension i was unable to get help with medical attention and with medication. Then i found health for all and received better treatment than doctors i payed to see. I believe they saved my life.
Taking care of those who cannot afford health care. The only improvement I can think of is a list of providers for specialties that are willing to work on a sliding scale or a reduced rate.
I have received better care at this clinic than I have at a regular doctor. They are thorough, hands on and very kind and caring. I am very appreciative of the work they do.
Health for All is such an amazing nonprofit. I’ve been able to witness their impact in the Bryan/ College Station community and their passion and love for their beneficiaries is clear if you see these people working.
I was asked to join the Health for All Board this year. At that time, I knew that there was a need for health care assistance; however, I didn't realize how great the need was. I am humbled to be part of the board of an organization that literally saves lives daily. The staff is caring and compassionate. They go above and beyond to take care of the needs of the patients. The level of care is exceptional partly because they don't just treat the illness, they treat the person with care and compassion. They truly care for each patient that walks through the door.
As a board members I see the difference this clinic has made in our community. I love that the clinic focuses on preventing ER visits and on prevention of health concerns for the patients. The staff goes out of their way to serve all the patients needs even if they have to find a specialist.
I worked with Health for All on behalf of the Strategic Philanthropy Board at Mays Business School. We were so impressed by their success metrics, sustainability, and clear vision for the future. They provide an extremely vital service to the community, and are lead with integrity and an incredible understanding of the healthcare world. We were happy to award them a sizeable grant and are confident that they will use the funds in the most responsible and efficient way.
Health for All is one of the best nonprofits I have come across. The staff is caring, diligent, and selfless. I would highly recommend this nonprofit!
Clients receive measurable health improvements that enhance their life chances. Staff and leadership are talented and dedicated. Supporters appreciate that our community has Health For All to give help and hope to our neighbors.
After a year of serving on the board of Health For All, I can say that it is a well-run, top notch nonprofit clinic that serves the unmet needs of the medically uninsured residents of the Brazos Valley. The HFA staff and the doctors that volunteer their time and services are providing care that is so vital to the health and wellbeing of these patients. I personally support the mission, my employer does, and so should YOU!
Health for all does a tremendous job providing care to those who are uninsured. They work to provide the services that their patients need and are a vital provider of healthcare in this community.
Health for All provides over 5,000 patient visits each year. We are able to deliver services at a very low cost thanks to a small staff and a large number of volunteers and community partners. By providing an alternative to expensive emergency room visits by the uninsured, Health For All saves Brazos Valley hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars each year.