The Venice Family Clinic (VFC) is a model for public health care. It began in 1970 as an after hours operation in a Venice dental office and has since expanded to seven locations, serving more than 24,000 patients with 103,000 visits a year, the largest of it kind in the nation. Liz Forer, the executive director of the clinic, attributes this growth to the Clinic's more than 2,000 volunteers, almost 500 of whom are physicians. What distinguishes the clinic from other medical establishments is what Forer says is missing in the national health debate: care. Through free programs that advocate health and nutrition, the clinic endows patrons the knowledge to maintain healthy lifestyles and to prevent otherwise avoidable afflictions.