1999: Women’s Community Clinic Opens

On June 28, 1999, just four months after the Women’s Needs Center closed, the Women’s Community Clinic opened its doors to the community with the mission to improve the health and well-being of all women, by providing free health care for women by women in a safe, respectful environment.  WCC was anchored in two core beliefs: that preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent care regardless of their ability to pay.  We believe that the clinic’s very existence is evidence that health care can be accessible to everyone in our country. Coupled with its commitment to the health of individual women, this degree of responsiveness and sensitivity to emerging health care issues made the Women’s Community Clinic a successful and radical model of what health care can be.

Since its founding, the Women’s Community Clinic has used an innovative workforce development model to provide affordable and accessible health care services to Bay Area women and girls. With a proven track record of success, the Clinic has earned a reputation as a safe, welcoming environment where low-income women* and trans folks can access high-quality health services.