AmeriCares free clinics get grant

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority Grants and Marketing Programs Coordinator Kimberley Fontaine (left), presents a $68,000 check to AmeriCares Free Clinics Executive Director Karen Gottlieb (center) and AmeriCares Free Clinics Development Officer Connie Bertkau (right) at the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport, 115 Highland Ave. Photo by Alex Ostasiewicz/AmeriCares

The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) recently awarded a $68,000 grant to the AmeriCares Free Clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury and Norwalk to expand direct patient care for low-income area residents without health insurance. The grant covers the cost of hiring nurse practitioners to supplement the program’s volunteer doctors and nurses for four clinic sessions each week. The grant also funds case management services for patients of the Norwalk clinic’s new Tuesday evening session and the Danbury clinic’s new Monday morning session.

CHEFA recently awarded $1 million in grants to 23 agencies across the state through its NonProfit Grant Program. The quasi-public agency helps Connecticut health care and educational institutions obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds.

AmeriCares Free Clinics provide quality health care to uninsured area residents.  Since 1994, clinics in Norwalk, Bridgeport and Danbury have provided more than $40 million in free health care services.  For more information go to or call 1(800) 486-HELP.

Amanda Cuda