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.
Since our founding, we have used the contributions of our community to create
a sustainable model of community-oriented, community-driven solutions to the ongoing healthcare
crisis. Today, we have three primary
programs: the Ithaca
Free Clinic, the Ithaca Health Fund, and Ithaca Health
Alliance Educational Programs.
We depend on a diverse volunteer team for all of our programs
and our volunteer board. We have a simple application if you'd like to
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. Medical visits are available on a walk-in basis, with no
appointment required. Complementary care is available by appointment with our holistic
providers. 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 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.
Through the IHA Community Grants program, small grants are offered to other groups doing
Fund grants are available to New York residents with demonstrable
financial need. Preference is given to Tompkins County residents. This program
is currently being restructured. If you would like to donate to support
health grants please click here.
The Alliance offers free educational programming for
the general public. Informal classes, lectures, and guest speakers
are offered throughout the year. 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.