Location: Northfield, MN
Charlie Mandile, Executive Director
HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) was founded by a broad-based collaborative of individuals and organizations who joined together to improve access to needed medical services in Rice County. In June 2005, HFC opened its first community clinic in space donated by Little Prairie United Methodist Church in Dundas, Minnesota. Since 2005, HFC has served more than 1,500 new patients, provided more than 3,000 medical appointments at the clinic, acted as a referral and resource center to more than 2,000 community members, and filled more than 4,500 prescription medications free of charge. Current HFC service sites include Northfield (patient advocacy/administration), Dundas (clinic) and our new Faribault clinic (clinic/patient advocacy/ outreach/ administration) .
HealthFinders Collaborative’s mission is to provide quality, accessible and culturally sensitive health care services to low-income and uninsured residents of greater Rice County. The primary goal is to ensure Rice County’s low-income and uninsured residents have access to high-quality, culturally-appropriate medical care. HFC’s target population includes individuals who are low-income, uninsured, and waiting or not eligible for public health care coverage programs. One hundred percent of HFC patients are under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines and are uninsured, critically underinsured, in between health care coverage plans, or otherwise having difficulty accessing the health care system. All care provided is free for our clients.
The CHC VISTA will push forward HFC’s primary strategy of community involvement and leadership, cultivating peer leaders from within existing programming and eventually convening a patient advisory group to inform HFC program design and overall administration.