Free and comprehensive health care for those in need.
To provide free, comprehensive health care for those who cannot afford commercial insurance, yet do not qualify for government assistance
“When your job lays you off, your benefits go with you… the problem is, you’re still sick.”
— A patient at our clinic
Since 1991, Shepherd’s Clinic has been an innovator in providing health care for the uninsured. Provided services are available to patients living in nine zip codes in North Baltimore through the time, energy, and spirit of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Patients are asked to donate $3.00-$9.00 if possible. Most clinic patients (ages 19-64) fall under 200% of poverty and the majority of our patients are working or live in a household with an employed individual.
Shepherd’s Clinic is located at 2800 Kirk Avenue. This facility houses medical, behavioral health, and wellness services with free parking and public transportation access, and separate patient intake and checkout processing, enhancing patient privacy. It operates exactly like a regular doctor’s office rather than a charitable clinic.
people in Baltimore have no form of insurance.
of Americans are currently uninsured.
of Americans have been uninsured at some point.
Our goal at Shepherd’s Clinic is to address the issue of people living without insurance.
For 28 years, Shepherd's Clinic has been providing healthcare to uninsured adults in Baltimore. Today, the clinic operates with thirteen staff members, and over 200 physicians, nurses, counselors, and others volunteering to offer services to over 800 patients annually. The types of case management and community relationships which the clinic has pioneered for the uninsured for more than two decades are now considered models of cost-efficient and effective care. This holistic and integrative approach proves to be effective in best meeting a variety of needs for patients.
Medical Care - The medical clinic at Shepherd’s offers comprehensive primary and specialty care. The clinic addresses a variety of chronic diseases that impact patients such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as preventative care for instance cancer screenings and GYN services (Annual exams, lab work, cervical cancer screening, and vaccines.
Behavioral Health Programming - The Behavioral Health Program assesses patients’ mental health needs and provides psychotherapy, psychiatry services, case management resources, and psychoeducation sessions.
Wellness Services - The Joy Wellness Center at the clinic offers complimentary services that work in conjunction with medical and behavioral care to address a variety of needs. The center offers many volunteer-run classes including weight management, diabetes management, yoga, massage, acupuncture, nutrition classes, movement and stress reduction, and smoking cessation.
Patients are seen by appointment Tuesday-Saturday. Any service needed, but unavailable at the clinic— including specialty, diagnostic, and surgical services— is provided without charge by MedStar Union Memorial Hospital's charity care program.