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Rachel Zimmer

Nursing 2017 Speaker -  Rachel Zimmer

Title: Development of a Free Clinic Model, Lessons Learned, Looking Ahead

Rachel Zimmer

Wake Forest Baptist Health, USA


Rachel Zimmer is a doctor of nursing practice and nurse practitioner in the Section of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston Salem, NC. She is the co-director of the Geriatric Primary Care House Call program, and provides geriatric consults for older adults in the local community. She also works to improve care to local vulnerable communities by working to develop innovative models of mobile health in partnership with the School Health Alliance. She also leads a group of community free and charitable clinic leaders in efforts to improve the local networks of care in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. She is the mother of two children, an 11 year old girl and a 6 month old little boy.


This presentation will cover current models of free and charitable clinics as well as a synopsis of ROL supporting their purpose, need, the nurse’s role in these models, and the overall impact they have in vulnerable and uninsured populations. It will also cover the presenter’s own journey when developing a free clinic model of care, including considerations made when recruiting volunteers, marketing, establishing an interprofessional model of chronic disease management, community partnerships, and budget considerations. Lessons learned throughout this process will be reviewed and next steps for providing sustainable care to vulnerable populations will be discussed. Mobile models of care will be introduced as possible options for cost effective care, with examples of current local strategies for development.