The Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP) was founded in 1994 under the sponsorship of the Division and offers quality medical and pharmaceutical services at no cost to uninsured and medically indigent individuals through two community-partnered clinics: The Birmingham Free Clinic (partnered with The Salvation Army in the South Side of Pittsburgh) and the Women’s Center and Shelter Clinic (partnered with the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh). The Program’s mission continues to be accomplished by an interdisciplinary and exclusively volunteer team of clinicians, health professional students, and AmeriCorps National Service members. PHCUP’s volunteers help to maintain the uniqueness of the Program as a leader in service learning and training for emerging students, interns, and residents in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and public health.
The PHCUP serves homeless, uninsured, and disenfranchised Pittsburghers through clinics that provide approximately 3,000 primary care visits and fill about 4,500 on-site prescriptions free of charge per year.
The mission of the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations is to facilitate, provide, and improve access to high-quality care for those in need through community partnerships, volunteerism, service learning, and advocacy.