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Volunteer Health Care Provider Program (VHCPP)

The Volunteer Health Care Provider Program (VHCPP) hopes to increase volunteerism by competent health care professionals by offering protection to eligible volunteer health care providers and eligible clinics providing free health care services.

An individual volunteer health care provider holding a current VHCPP agreement with the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program (VHCPP) shall be afforded the protection of an employee of the state under Iowa Code chapter 669. A protected clinic holding a current protection agreement with the VHCPP shall be afforded protection as an agency of the state under Iowa Code chapter 669 and, in the event of a claim seeking damages, will be provided defense by the Iowa Department of Justice at no cost. Indemnification will be provided to the full extent of any judgment brought against the individual volunteer health care provider or protected clinic, provided each of the conditions of the agreement is satisfied.

Iowa Code, Rules and Regulations

How Do I Locate a VHCPP Free Clinic?

The map identifies clinic locations, hours, and days the individual volunteer healthcare provider may volunteer. The individual volunteer health care provider must have a signed agreement with the identified clinic, location, and hours in which they will be working. Free health care for individuals otherwise unable to pay for services is available at the locations identified on the Volunteer Health Care Provider Program map.

Application Forms - Individual Health Care Provider (Receiving Defense & Indemnification)

Please note: Self-Query report is required for professions identified with a red asterisks on the individual health care provider application.

For information on obtaining a Self-Query visit the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB).

Application Forms - Protected Clinic (Receiving Clinic Defense & Indemnification)

Application Forms - To Become a Sponsored Entity

Referral Forms

Who Do I Contact For More Information?

  • Doreen Chamberlin
    Iowa Department of Public Health
    Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
    Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
    Lucas State Office Building
    321 East 12th Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
    Phone: (515) 321-7487
    FAX: (515) 242-6384
  • You may also use the Contact Us page to submit questions online.