The Board of Directors and staff are pleased to welcome Dr. Nancy W. Dickey as Health For All’s new medical director. Monica Wendel, chair of the board of directors says, "This is a time of great opportunity for Health For All—with changes in the health care environment and new leadership in the organization. We are privileged to have Dr. Dickey’s extensive experience in health education, advocacy, and primary care delivery, but more so her passion for finding better ways to get high quality care to those who need it.”
Dr. Dickey currently serves as a professor in the College of Medicine and the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She will fill the role of medical director as part of her obligations at the College of Medicine. She also carries the title President Emeritus of the Health Science Center having served in the role of president for over a decade prior to stepping out of administration and into teaching and policy development.
Dickey was the first woman ever to be elected president of the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including six honorary doctorate degrees in both science and law. She was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine in 2007 and to Texas’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Dr. Dickey was also the founding program director of the Family Medicine Residency of the Brazos Valley. She serves on numerous committees, both locally and nationally, writes for several medical and health policy journals, and is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organizations around the country and world.
Dickey said, “Bryan-College Station currently has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state making the role of Health For All particularly important. I am excited about working with the Health for All team to assure that we make care accessible for all, assuring that the care is the right care at the right time in the right place, and working as a member of the community of healthcare providers to improve the cost effectiveness of the care provided in this region. Health for All has long been a gem in our community and I am honored to involved as they take on the even larger challenges of being a medical home for those most in need.”
The organization is excited to have someone so supremely qualified to fill the role as medical director of the nearly 27-year-old free clinic. Dr. Dickey has plans to expand existing programs and offer new services to provide more comprehensive care to our patients.
Health For All is a nonprofit clinic providing free health care and medications to low income uninsured patients in the Brazos Valley who do not qualify for government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare. The clinic is able to deliver services at a very low cost thanks to a small staff and a large number of volunteers and community partners. By providing an alternative to expensive emergency room visits by the uninsured, Health For All saves hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars per year. The clinic’s funding comes from local donors who live and/or do business in the Brazos Valley.