What We Offer
Primary medical care, health education, massage therapy, mental health counseling, and oral health.
Who We Serve
Uninsured and underinsured Vermonters living in Washington, Orange, Lamoille and Caledonia counties.
When We're Open
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Monday and Thursday evenings 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All services by appointment only.
To make an appointment, call the clinic at 802-479-1229.
Latest Clinic Updates
People’s Health & Wellness Clinic Establishes Dr. Mark N. Yorra Legacy Fund
The Board of Trustees of the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic has announced the creation of the Dr. Mark N. Yorra Legacy Fund in honor of the Clinic’s retiring Medical Director, and one of the founders of the Clinic back in 1993.
Along with other community members, Dr. Yorra’s vision was access to health care for all. The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic has used a classic “free clinic” model, where a tiny paid staff supports a large corps of volunteer practitioners who give of their time and talents to ensure their central Vermont neighbors can get the primary health care they need.
Being a free clinic, PHWC must raise all funds for its operation every year, relying on grants, donations, and fundraising events to make ends meet. The Yorra Legacy Fund was created to help ensure the long term sustainability of the Clinic. This reserve fund will help guarantee that this critical community health care safety net will continue to exist for the long haul, providing access to needed health care for the underserved.
Our goal is to raise at least $25,000, the minimum needed to establish such a fund with the Vermont Community Foundation, which will manage it. A generous donor has offered to match the first $5,000.
Donations made be made to the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic, 553 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641. Please indicate “Yorra Fund” clearly in the check memo line. PHWC is a 501c3 non-profit, charitable organization, and contributions are tax-deductible.
The Dr. Mark N. Yorra Legacy Fund is our way of saying “Thank You” to Mark for all he has done for our neighbors, and to help continue that work in the years to come. Please join us in honoring Dr. Yorra for his vision and service to the community.
Peter Youngbaer Retiring as Executive Director after 12 Years
Peter Youngbaer, PHWC’s executive director since 2006, has informed the Board of Trustees that he will be stepping down at the end of February, 2018. During his tenure, the Clinic expanded many of its services as well as expanded space and equipment. Peter guided the Clinic’s recovery from the devastating 2011 flood. He initiated oral health care services, now three days a week, Ladies First breast and cervical cancer screenings and cardiovascular health, screenings for alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco cessation, expanded mental health and body work, and assisting people to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. He also currently serves as the President of the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured. PHWC Board President Susan Gretkowski said, “Peter has been a tremendous asset. They are going to be hard shoes to fill.”
Oral Health Services Expand To Three Days A Week
The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic of Barre is pleased to announce that as of September 1, it has expanded its oral health services to three days a week.
Sandra Joslin, RDH, the clinic’s dental hygienist and oral health case manager, is seeing patients on site every Tuesday and Wednesday, and doing case management and referrals on Thursdays to more than a dozen central Vermont participating dentists who take the clinic’s patients for more advanced dental work. PHWC Executive Director Peter Youngbaer said, “Being able to expand oral health services is a terrific benefit, as access to oral health remains the largest unmet community health need.”
Joslin provides a wide array of services on site: Oral Hygiene Education; Routine Dental Hygiene Prophylaxis; Emergency Evaluation; Digital Bite-wing and Panoramic X-Rays; Full Mouth Deep Cleanings; Cavity (caries) Stabilization; Sealants; and Topical Fluoride Application/Desensitization. She also consults on Diet and Nutrition, performs Oral Cancer Screening, Tobacco Cessation Counseling, and Case Management. Case by case referrals to participating community dentists and specialists for identified dental treatment, such as Extractions, Amalgam or Composite Restorations, Root canal, Partial Removable or Full Upper or Lower Dentures, and Periodontal Care are also provided.
PHWC’s core service area is all of Washington County and Orange, Washington, and Williamstown, but services are not limited to those towns. The clinic is open days Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Monday evenings, 5:30 – 8:30 PM. All visits are by appointment only: call 802-479-1229.
We Are Vermont Health Connect Navigators For Our Patients
The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic (PHWC) serves central Vermonters who don’t have health insurance, or whose insurance doesn’t cover what they need. We provide primary health care and wellness education, plus oral health, mental health, and massage therapy. Our services are free, but donations are always welcome.
We can also help you get health coverage. Our Vermont Health Connect Navigators are trained to help you apply for a health plan that meets your needs and budget. Open Enrollment begins November 1, but if you qualify for Medicaid/Dr. Dynasaur you can enroll year-round. You may also be able to sign up outside of Open Enrollment.
Whatever your health care or health coverage needs, we are here to help you. Call (802) 479-1229 for information and appointments.