Disadvantaged children, homeless teens and low-income families in St. Louis don’t have the money, transportation or know-how required to navigate today’s complex healthcare system. The Institute for Family Medicine provides convenient, cost-effective care at trusted points of service in the community including schools, shelters and other social service organizations. Our creative partnerships provide continuity of care, ensuring improved health outcomes and helping our disadvantaged patients get back on their feet while learning how to be responsible for their own health.
Read more about our community-based clinics below, or view our Interactive Map!
Covenant House Missouri
Homeless and runaway teens seeking shelter at Covenant House have access to our on-site clinic weekly. Our nurse practitioner provides physicals and acute care. All services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to patients.
Epworth Drop-In Center
The Institute for Family Medicine provides primary care and preventative medicine to youth and young adults (16-25) who are homeless or are aging out of the foster care system.
Every Child’s Hope
The Institute for Family Medicine provides physicals and acute health care at Every Child’s Hope living facilities, where children and teens are provided a safe environment, free of abuse and neglect. In this time of transition in their lives, the Institute for Family Medicine visits twice every week and serves as the primary care provider for kids in need of stability.
Hancock School Health Clinic
This school-based clinic serves not only students and staff of Hancock Place School District, but also any disadvantaged residents of the 63125 zip code area. Clinic hours are Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis at no out-of-pocket expense.-Partially Funded by St. Anthonys Medical Center
Saint Louis Crisis Nursery (2 clinic locations)
Families in crisis who can’t care properly for their children can take them to one of five Crisis Nurseries in St. Louis and St. Charles. The Institute for Family Medicine coordinates admission physicals and ensures acute care needs are addressed for the children and babies staying at these nurseries. We provide on-site clinic hours three times a week at two nursery locations – Crisis Nursery Centene Center on Gravois Rd and Crisis Nursery North on the grounds of Christian Hospital in North St. Louis.
St. Andrews of Jennings
Through a partnership between St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors Affordable Housing Communities this clinic meets the primary health care needs of the residents of the St. Andrew’s independent living home. The clinic includes preventive health services and is also available for urgent needs. Patients with medical insurance are asked to present their insurance information at the time of the visit, but all patients are seen with no “out-of-pocket” cost. The clinic operates twice a week on Monday and Wednesday.
South Side Early Childhood Center
The Institute for Family Medicine provides primarily screenings and immunizations with some acute care. Services include those required for enrollment in early childhood programs including physicals, and screenings for hearing, vision, hemoglobin and lead. The need was identified by SSECC because parents were experiencing a great deal of difficulty getting their child to care, since it would mean taking a day off work, which may result in loss of income or their job. A nurse practitioner and volunteer delivers health care services weekly at no cost to parents.
In partnership with Catholic Charities South Side and its Vietnamese translator, the Institute for Family Medicine operates a clinic for Vietnamese-speaking patients in south St. Louis city. We provide physicals, immunizations and acute and chronic disease care every Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning with discounted fees for cash patients.
Youth In Need
Homeless and runaway teens escaping abusive or unhealthy home lives need physicals to stay in emergency shelters and transitional living facilities. The Institute for Family Medicine coordinates these physicals and ensures acute healthcare needs are addressed, helping Youth In Need give teens an opportunity to get off the street and on the right track. We operate a full-day clinic at their south St. Louis city Head Start location every Thursday, offering services to enrolled children and their families at discounted fees for cash patients.
Harris-Stowe State University partnered with the Institute for Family Medicine in 2015 to provide on-site medical care to their students and staff with no “out-of-pocket” charges or fees. Nurse Practitioner Sarah Durnell works closely with Nurse Roslyn Harvey to provide this free clinic on Wednesday afternoons. The clinic is located on the Harris-Stowe campus in the Health Services office.
St. Vincent Home for Children
Initiated January 2017, IFM provides health care services to young people ages 10-19 at St Vincent Home for Children in Normandy. St. Vincent programs are tailored for various levels of support yet IFM will be primarily caring for youth in the LifeFOCUS program. This program addresses pressing and immediate needs for intervention on a short-term, residential basis for youth with severe behavioral or emotional challenges that require serious remediation.