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Bread of Healing Clinic

The Bread of Healing Clinic began as an outreach ministry of Cross Lutheran Church and became an independent entity in 2005. It is a free medical clinic designed to serve low-income, uninsured adults with chronic health conditions who experience barriers to accessing ongoing health care. It is the largest free clinic in the region and serves as a model for similar clinics. This clinic is one of the few that factors in social determinants of health when treating patients.

Primary Focus Area: Medical, dental, and mental health care for the uninsured

Requesting Funding for "Community MedShare"

Program Budget: $249,805

Operating Budget: $1,282,315

Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA

Programs: The Community MedShare Program helps patients with chronic health conditions access medications that help them to stabilize and manage their own health. The clinic has an onsite formulary of medications based on the needs of patients and is staffed by registered pharmacists. The program leverages in-kind resources through numerous partnerships and purchases medications from wholesale suppliers when donated medications are not available. The medication formulary also provides medications to more than 20 other free and community clinics in Southeast Wisconsin to distribute to their patients. As a result, thousands of low-income, uninsured adults are also able to gain better health and wellness, avoid costly hospitalizations, and maintain jobs/productivity. The program director also provides training to pharmacy students, so they learn how to work with populations in need.

Who is Served: Patients are typically low-income, uninsured adults with chronic health conditions─50% are African American and 16% are Hispanic. Patients are generally between 100% and 250% of the federal poverty level.


  • Cross Lutheran Church at 1821 North 16th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

  • Eastbrook Church at 5385 North Green Bay Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53209

  • Florist Clinic at Traveler's Rest Ministries at 5975 North 40th Street, Milwaukee., WI 53209


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