Frequently Asked Questions
What does ACORN stand for?
Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc.
What is ACORN Clinic?
While a large number of academic medical center and several other community hospitals are located in Alachua County, ACORN Clinic is the only provider of care in the northern, rural section of Alachua County. Each year more than 100 physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and dental hygienists volunteer their time to provide approximately $1.13 million in patient care, including specialty care and mental health counseling.
The UF Colleges’ of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Administration, and Pharmacy, in addition to the Santa Fe Dental Hygiene Program and private physicians and dentists provide many services to the Clinic. The students in these programs are in a unique position to gain real world experience while providing high-quality, low cost health care to patients without insurance or financial resources to pay for their medical needs.
Who does ACORN Clinic serve?
ACORN Clinic’s primary service area includes Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Services may be provided to residents of other counties based on eligibility, need, and specific service availability.
How is the ACORN Clinic funded?
ACORN Clinic, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, participates in Medicare, Medicaid, Primary Care and receives funding from the United Way of North Central Florida, Alachua, Bradford and Union county commissions, patient fees, civic groups, churches, foundations, and private donors.
How can I get involved?
ACORN Clinic is unique in the way that physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, and dental hygienists volunteer over 11,000 hours each year to deliver patient health care services. In addition, community volunteers donate time and services in the form of landscaping, computer expertise, public relations, painting, architecture and contracting services.
Why is my support important?
ACORN Clinic is a non-profit organization that serves the north-central Florida region and depends on the support of individuals like you for its continuing success.
Don’t I already support ACORN Clinic with my tax dollars?
No. ACORN Clinic is a non-profit organization that is funded by Medicare, Medicaid, Primary Care and receives funding from the United Way of Alachua County, Alachua, Bradford and Union county commissions, patient fees, civic groups, churches, foundations, and private donors.