Physician Volunteerism Program

Interested in volunteering your time to improve access to health care for those in need?

The Physician Volunteerism Program connects physicians with volunteer opportunities in medically underserved communities across Minnesota.  Whether you are recently retired, semi-retired, or just want to give back, the Physician Volunteerism Program has an opportunity for you to help others in need.  

Each volunteer opportunity is different. Most physicians volunteer to provide medical services at safety net clinics, usually to those who are uninsured or underinsured.  Other physicians prefer one-time engagements, such as providing medical services to homeless veterans at Minnesota’s Stand Downs, and some prefer to volunteer as a consultant.

The Physician Volunteerism Program is part of the MMA Foundation’s commitment to empower physicians and communities to open doors and close gaps in health for all Minnesotans.

“Volunteering feels like practicing medicine for all the right reasons, good old-fashioned patient care with the emphasis taken off the business and administrative concerns of health care. I think it's the reason most of us chose to practice medicine in the first place. Volunteering has a way of renewing your joy and enthusiasm for practicing medicine.” – PVP Volunteer Dave Dvorak, MD
 

To Volunteer or Learn More about How You Can Help

To get started, simply scroll through the list of clinics on this website to find an opportunity that seems like a good fit. Then, contact the organization directly to get more information and to set up a first meeting.

To learn more or to receive regular volunteerism updates by e-mail, click here. You can also contact Kristen Gloege (e-mail link) directly at 612/599-1921.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Al Shifa Clinic (Fridley)
    • A FREE clinic that opened more than 20 years ago with the mission to provide free healthcare to an underserved population. The nonprofit clinic is a program of the Islamic Center of Minnesota (ICM). 
  • Annex Teen Clinic  (Robbinsdale)
    • A sexual health clinic serving young people through age 25 with education and clinical services. We’ve served the community as a valuable, trustworthy source for healthcare and education since 1971.
  • C.A.R.E. Clinic (Red Wing)
    • A FREE clinic serving uninsured and low-income residents of Goodhue County and Lake City, Minnesota.
  • Family Tree Clinic  (St. Paul)
    • Founded in 1971, Family Tree has been a leading, community-based, reproductive justice focused, client-centered nonprofit health and education center.  Our mission is to cultivate a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education.
  • Hadi Medical Clinic  (Brooklyn Center)
    • Provides free consultations and follow ups for the uninsured and inadequately insured.
  • HealthFinders Collaborative (Faribault, Dundas, Northfield)
    • Provides primary medical and dental care, patient advocacy and wellness programs to people in Rice County who have limited healthcare alternatives.

  • Help for Homeless Veterans (Multiple Locations)
    • Physician volunteers are needed to help homeless veterans at Stand Down events that are taking place across Minnesota. Physician volunteers meet with veterans to provide free health screenings and consultations. Stand Downs are typically one-day events providing supplies and services, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, and VA Social Security benefits counseling to homeless veterans. 
  • Minnesota Community Care (St. Paul)
    • As Minnesota's largest Federally Qualified Health Center, Minnesota Community Care ensures that the communities we serve have access to high quality and affordable health care. Services are provided regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
  • Neighborhood HealthSource (Minneapolis)
    • A federally qualified health center providing care for low income, uninsured and under-insured at three north Minneapolis clinics.
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center (Minneapolis)
    • A multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis.
  • Open Door Health Center (Marshall and Worthington)
    • An independent non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that strives to increase access to quality, affordable, culturally appropriate health care by offering patient-centered medical, dental, and behavioral health services.
  • People’s Center Health Services (Minneapolis)
    • A safety net health center, offering the full continuum of care from primary care to behavioral and oral health services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
  • Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (Minneapolis)
    • A multidisciplinary, student-run, healthcare clinic associated with the University of Minnesota.
  • Planned Parenthood (Multiple Locations)
    • Planned Parenthood is passionate about three things: expert sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy. We’ve been helping people of all ages for generations.
  • Project H.E.A.L. (Multiple Locations)
    • Project H.E.A.L. (Health, Education, Access, Link) is an outreach program of CentraCare Family Health Center.  Its goal is to overcome the barriers to health care for the under-served population of Central Minnesota — barriers of transportation, inadequate or lack of insurance, financial resources for co-payments and medications, language and culture.
  • Project Care Free Clinics of the Iron Range (Grand Rapids, Hibbing and Virginia)
    • The Project Care Free Clinics of the Iron Range share a mission to provide outpatient healthcare access and outreach to people who are uninsured while networking with other community-based organizations to facilitate continued treatment, screenings and education.
  • Scenic Rivers Health Services (Floodwood)
    • A community Health Center and a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services in the northern Minnesota communities of Big Falls, Northome, Big Fork, Cook, Tower, and Floodwood.
  • Southside Community Health Services (Minneapolis)
    • A Federally Qualified Health Center that exists to improve the health of our patients and communities by delivering exceptional care, removing barriers, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
  • Special Olympics Minnesota
    • Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® offers free health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes in a welcoming, fun environment.
  • St. Cloud Area Volunteerism Opportunity (St. Cloud)
    • A physician volunteer is needed to help homeless youth on June 5, 2019,  at Pathways 4 Youth in St. Cloud.  This volunteer shift is from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Physician volunteers meet with youth who have identified a health care concern or need connecting to resources within the community but do not provide medical care at the site. 
  • St. Mary's Health Clinics  (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Shakopee, Fridley, and Apple Valley)
    • Provides free medical care, outreach and education to low-income, uninsured families and individuals who are not eligible for government programs. 
  • St. Peter Community Free Clinic (St. Peter)
    • A FREE clinic serving people from the St. Peter area who are uninsured or who live at less than 250% of the Federal Poverty level and cannot afford health care premiums.
  • Sharing and Caring Hands/Mary’s Place Minute Clinic (Minneapolis)  (New! 3/14/22)
    • A FREE, walk-in clinic for the residents of Mary’s Place, our transitional housing shelter.

FAQ’s for Interested Physicians

Questions about malpractice insurance? Credentialing? Others? Click here for facts about PVP.

FAQ's for Clinics and Other Organizations

Questions about malpractice insurance for volunteers? Volunteer Health Care Providers Registration? How does PVP work? Click here for facts about PVP for clinics and other organizations. 

Volunteers in Action

More opportunities?

If you do not find a volunteer opportunity here that meets your interests, if you have other ideas, or your organization has volunteer opportunities for physicians, please e-mail  the MMA Foundation or call 612-362-3742.

Support the Physician Volunteerism Program

The Physician Volunteerism Program, and all the work of the MMA Foundation, is made possible by the generous financial support of individual physicians and organizations like the Otto Bremer Trust, the Saint Paul Foundation, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, the Hardenbergh Foundation, Edwards Charitable Trust, and others. Thank you.

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