In 2018, nearly 50,000 uninsured Americans received care from a Muslim-run free clinic according to a new report by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Medicine. The report found that last year 69 clinics in 22 states offered primarily non-Muslim patients free services worth tens of millions of dollars. Until now, no study had ever measured the combined impact of Muslim-run free clinics; no directory had put their contact information together in one place.
Unconditional Care, the powerful documentary released in conjunction with the report, gives personal dimension to this national movement. It features the stories of volunteer healthcare providers and low-income patients at the Muslim American Social Services Clinic (MASS) in Jacksonville, Florida. The 30-minute film shows the impact a group of passionate first- and second-generation Muslim Americans are making in a city where over 100,000 adults are uninsured. Through interfaith collaboration and service, they’re saving lives—and public dollars—while exemplifying the true values of their faith.
During the spring and summer 2019, the production team and members of MASS Clinic’s staff will tour the United States to screen Unconditional Care and bring attention to the movement. They’ll engage students, medical professionals, policymakers, and the press. Outreach will connect Muslim-run free clinics, healthcare providers, potential donors, and Muslim community members to strengthen collaboration and embolden advocacy.
• Ten-city outreach and screening tour
• Online distribution of film and national report
• Easy-to-access online clinic directory
• National press coverage for Muslim-run free clinic movement
• One million views of the film online
• Increase access of patients to clinics
• Help establish national network of Muslim-run free clinics
• Amplify clinics’ fundraising efforts