ACORN Clinic (Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc.) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides healthcare primarily for residents of rural Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties. ACORN Clinic was founded in 1974 when two churches funded VISTA volunteers (Volunteers in Service to America) to serve the health care needs of rural residents and migrant workers in rural Alachua county. In 1974 the medical clinic opened to meet the growing needs of the rural uninsured of North Central Florida. At that time ACORN Clinic’s healthcare volunteers focused on home visits and social service referrals. In 1984 ACORN Clinic moved to its present location in Brooker, Florida, 14 miles northeast of Gainesville on the Alachua/Bradford County line.
ACORN Clinic provides low-cost, high-quality medical and dental care, and social services for people with and without health insurance. Our primary target is patient’s who aren’t insured and can’t afford private physicians, dentists or counselors. The Clinic fulfills its mission with the help of a broad-based core of volunteer physicians, nurses, dentists, hygienists, pharmacists and counselors. In addition to fees from patient care, ACORN Clinic receives funds from private and public sources including the United Way of North Central Florida; civic groups; churches; Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties; Medicaid; Medicare; private insurance; foundations; and, contributions from individual donors.
About 85% of patients are at or below 180% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Caucasian: 66%, African-American: 28%, Hispanic/Other: 6%
Ages 0-21: 20%, Ages 22-64: 62%, Ages 65+: 18%
Alachua County 55%
Bradford County 21%