INTRODUCTION TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN A Message from the Board President and Executive Director Fall 2021 The Free Clinic Board of Directors and the clinic team are proud to share this Strategic Plan with our community, which will guide our efforts for the next three years. This plan comes at an especially challenging time for our patients and for our health care system, which has been stressed by a global and local pandemic for an extended period. Demand for our services has never been higher, and the patients we serve have experienced illness, income loss, hunger, housing insecurity, and severe stresses of all kinds. Feedback from our community partners, our volunteers and staff, other health care providers, and especially our patients drove the development of this plan. The response when we asked for input was tremendous and gratifying. The hallmark of a good strategic plan is a short but ambitious set of goals. The plan anticipates expansion for women’s health care needs and advanced dental care, and for general program growth and infrastructure support. We believe that the plan here will be hard work, will expand services to address important shortfalls, and will lead to a stronger and more resilient clinic. The Fauquier Free Clinic began over a quarter century ago as a grassroots response to local families who lacked needed health care services. Those families still need our help so that this community can be healthy and thrive. The plan that follows represents our best effort to continue meeting those needs.