Many residents of Dawson County are uninsured – lacking sufficient resources to provide for their health care needs. This is a nationwide problem, and in response, communities across the country have developed Free Clinics that bring together volunteer health care professionals and other community volunteers to offer free health care to the uninsured people in their community. Each Free Clinic is unique, in that its development and services are based on the particular needs and resources of the local community.
Care is made possible through the donation of goods and services, community contributions, financial donations, and volunteers. Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of these Free Clinics, and is a member of the Georgia Charitable Care Network. Good Shepherd provides non-emergency health services at no cost to uninsured residents of Dawson County who meet certain income requirements. The clinic accomplishes this through the use of volunteer health professionals and community volunteers, along with partnerships with other health providers.