Uninsured patients in Buffalo receive free, routine healthcare and preventive services that are supported by this fund.
The Lighthouse Fund supports the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic—a nonprofit, drop-in clinic that provides free, routine health care and services to uninsured patients on Buffalo’s East Side.
The clinic, which was founded by two first-year UB medical students, is entirely managed and funded through the work of students, working in partnership with the community service organization Group Ministries. The clinic also involves hundreds of volunteers, including UB medical students and faculty-physicians.
Medical students and UB students in other professional programs help to address unmet health needs in this medically underserved community. The services they provide include physicals, sick visits, referrals, screenings for chronic conditions, support for social and economic problems, and information about health insurance.
Taking a holistic approach, the medical students work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes the local health department and UB students preparing to be dietitians, social workers, dentists, lawyers, and public health workers.
The Lighthouse Clinic and its participants have been honored with numerous awards since the clinic’s inception in 2001.