Decorah Community Free Clinic opened in November 2002 to provide medical care and health education to uninsured and under-insured people. The Decorah Faith Coalition, with the assistance of the Luther College social work department, had identified health care as an unmet need in the community. A core group of organizers raised funds, gathered donated equipment and supplies, and recruited volunteers.
The Free Clinic offers health care and information for adults and children who don’t have insurance, or have insurance that doesn’t pay for what they need. People may be referred to other health programs that are available to them. Clinic services are free. Doctors, nurses and other staff are volunteers. Money for the clinic is donated by people, clubs, and businesses in Northeast Iowa.