The People's Health Clinic requires appointments and patients are asked to contribute $20. Worel says it's important for patients to have some skin in the game. "I think people tend to comply better with medical advice if they pay a bit to help the medical care happen."
In recent years Worel has expanded to the national stage her advocacy for the medically underserved. She serves on the board of National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics for and is now the board chair. In addition to increasing the profile of clinics among elected representatives, the NAFC sponsors monthly webinars and maintains discussion boards for sharing ideas and best practices to improve patient care.
That's an important connection as Worel and the board of the People's Health Clinic explore their options to open the clinic beyond its current Tuesday through Thursday schedule. "The demand is there but we have to look at expansion from a budgetary standpoint," says Worel. "But if you don't feel good, Thursday to Tuesday is a long time to wait."