The Children's Free Clinic of Southern Nevada (formerly Clinics In Schools) is Nevada's only completely free clinic for uninsured children.
The Children’s Free Clinic of Southern Nevada was founded on the belief that healthy children learn better and have a better chance in life. Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we opened our doors the following year as Clinics In Schools, taking over the operations of the school-based health centers at Cunningham and Martinez Elementary Schools from Communities In Schools, which incubated the project for two years. Last year, we changed our name to better reflect the true nature of our mission and our work, and we moved to a central location to better serve our diverse patient population, co-locating with the Community Outreach Medical Center. Throughout the six years of the program, the clinics have been led by Dr. Noah Kohn, a pediatrician who closed his private practice in Summerlin to serve the neediest children of our community. Dr. Kohn serves as the clinic’s Medical Director and the Board’s Vice President.
In these past six years, the clinics have provided completely free, primary care to uninsured children at more than 20,000 patient visits. More than 27,000 immunizations were given at more than 15,000 of these visits, including more than 8,000 influenza vaccinations, earning us a 2010 Silver Syringe Award. These efforts have made a significant dent in the needs of the 120,000 uninsured children in our state, but the need has never been greater.
The typical family we serve is comprised of two parents with two or three children, and an average, annual income of $13,105 (or $1,092 a month). Of the families we serve, 88% live at or below the Federal Poverty Line, and an additional 11.2% live between 100-200% of the Federal Poverty Line. The Children’s Free Clinic of Southern Nevada provides a critical safety net service for these families.
We are proud to have the support of several community partners, who make it possible to provide additional wrap-around services to our patients and their families: Children’s Medical Assistance pays for free prescription medicines exclusively for our patients; the UNLV School of Public Health provides in-home, asthma risk evaluations and asthma education; the clinics serve as a training site for UNLV nurse practitioner students; adult family members of our patients can receive care at the co-located Community Outreach Medical Center; and starting this year, a grant from the Global Charity Foundation will provide for free, on-site, primary care lab testing.