The Covenant House Clinic was started in 2011 and was made in partnership between iFM Community Medicine and Covenant House Missouri operating on Monday afternoons. Covenant House Missouri is a youth outreach center that provides transitional living services to homeless teens and youth in the St. Louis area. Youth come to Covenant House for a variety of reasons including abuse, neglect, abandonment, mental illness and lack of educational experience. In 2000, a partnership between Covenant House and iFM transported teens to a local iFM clinic before the Covenant House based clinic was opened in 2011. This clinic serves as a medical home for many homeless and runaway teenagers where they are provided with acute care, physicals, and other medical necessities at no cost to the patients. iFM also provides free Hepatitis A vaccines for the adolescents in order to meet St. Louis county employment requirements for all food-service positions.
This clinic is also home to our Kidney Test, Learn, and Change (TLC) program which was started in response to the high levels of need for kidney transplants due to unhealthy lifestyles and chronic disease. The health education program geared towards teenagers focuses on wellness, physical activity, healthy eating, and risk avoidance through interactive lessons like cooking classes and trauma-informed yoga.
This clinic is made possible due to a grant from Mid America Transplant Foundation.