The Ithaca Health Alliance was founded in 1997. Our mission is to facilitate
access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured.
We've moved! Visitors, please note our new office and Free Clinic location at
521 West Seneca Street in Ithaca, NY.
Since our founding, we have used the contributions of our members to create
a sustainable model of community-oriented, community-driven solutions to the ongoing healthcare
crisis. Today, with hundreds of members throughout the state of New York, we have three primary
programs: the Ithaca Health Fund, the Ithaca
Free Clinic and Ithaca Health Alliance Educational Programs.
The Ithaca Health Fund provides financial
assistance in meeting the costs of health care. Through the Fund, IHA provides grants that can
help with specific categories of preventive and emergency healthcare expenses.
The Fund also offers interest-free loans for dental procedures, eye care, and
improvement of professional health services.
Through the IHA Community Grants program, small grants are offered to other groups doing
Fund grants are available to all general and provider members of IHA (New
York state residency required, as below). Any member of our community with demonstrable financial need
can apply for a free enrollment through the Fund.
The Health Alliance opened a free health Clinic
in downtown Ithaca on January 23, 2006. The Ithaca Free Clinic (IFC) provides 100% free
healthcare services to the un- and under-insured residents of Tompkins County and the
surrounding region. IFC is a medically integrated facility where volunteer health
professionals provide both conventional and holistic medical services to clinic
visitors as well as health insurance counseling and other services.
At IFC, anyone may receive free healthcare services for which they
otherwise have no insurance coverage. IFC services are on a walk-in basis, with no
appointment required. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled as needed. The Ithaca Free
Clinic is open on Mondays 2-6 p.m. and Thursdays 4-8 p.m., with therapeutic services available by appointment
on Tuesdays. We are located at 521 West Seneca Street in Ithaca, NY.
The Alliance offers free educational programming for
the general public. Informal classes, lectures, and guest speakers
are offered throughout the year; other events are scheduled as they arise. We offer
resources in the waiting area of our offices at the Free Clinic,
which everyone is welcome to browse through. We network with experts in all
fields of health to help our neighbors learn about the wealth of health options
available. Our quarterly newsletter provides information about different health subjects and
other educational resources in addition to news of the organization.
The Ithaca Health Alliance was created on a cooperative model, and from the beginning we have
been shaped by our members. Through the power of
community building, our members help other members in need with health expenses — financially,
organization and the services they make possible, and directly, through services like
member-to-member benefits, which include discounts on health care offered by our Provider Members.
The Ithaca Health Alliance is a democratic organization driven by and
made possible by our members! Members guide the organization through voting in
referenda and board elections and through direct feedback. The IHA board of directors is
elected from the IHA membership, and growth is guided by member interests. General members,
who must be New York state residents, are eligible for grants and loans through the Health
Health care professionals may join as Provider Members of the IHA community health
their neighbors greater access to the health care services they provide. Sponsor and
Affiliate members donate to the community health vision.
Discounted membership rates are given to businesses or community organizations that
wish to enroll employees/members, and free memberships are available to those who
qualify based on financial need.
The Ithaca Health Alliance believes in the power of communities to
support each other in their health care needs. Health Alliance Provider Members are
professionals who work with us to make care more affordable for others. Over 100
health providers (most in the Tompkins County
area, but throughout New York State) have agreed to offer a discount on their services to
Health Alliance Members. Most offer a discount of 10%, although some offer more. We are
continually adding new practitioners to the directory of provider members.
Anyone in New York State can join the Ithaca Health Alliance and participate
in our programs. Anyone in the world is welcome to support our mission. Click
here for more information on joining or supporting