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Metrowest Free Medical Program

The congregation created a Free Medical Program for those in their community who do not have access to afforable health insurance.

Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
(978) 443-9622

Target Audiences: Adults and Multi-generational Social Action Program

In November 2004, Congregation Beth El of Sudbury River Valley, MA launched its Metrowest Free Medical Program to help people who do not have access to affordable health insurance. Beth El congregant, Dr. Paul Hart, directs the program and brings to it his wealth of knowledge from running a similar program in Worcester. The Metrowest Free Medical Program serves people of all ages, religions, and nationalities who live in Boston’s Metrowest area. Synagogue members including physicians, nurses, social workers, and others volunteer every Tuesday evening to serve the patients who come for primary care for acute and chronic illness, physical exams, and immunizations. In addition, volunteers provide patients with information about social services and affordable health care and transport patients to and from the program if necessary. The Free Medical Program also distributes free medications and offers Spanish and Portuguese interpreters.

Congregation Beth El provides all of these services at a low cost because the supplies and medications are donated and the individuals run the program on a volunteer basis. In addition to the hands-on work of running the clinic, Beth El plans to become an advocate for health care, and anticipates that the Free Medical Program will personalize the health care issue for its members. Although Congregation Beth El is devoted to its Free Medical Program, they hope that advocacy efforts ultimately will lead to affordable health care access and that eventually the program will no longer be needed.