Health Resource Center

Since 1994, Saint Louis University School of Medicine students and physicians have been committed to providing free health care services in an academic environment. SLU’s Health Resource Center offers eight different free clinic sessions to meet our patients’ needs.

Primary Care Clinic

Clinic Hours

  • First Tuesday of every month 5 to 8 p.m. (sign-in begins at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Every Thursday 8 a.m. to noon (sign-in begins at 7 a.m.)
  • Every Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8 a.m.)

We see patients on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Services

  • Physical exams
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Hepatitis A vaccinations for adults
  • Vision screenings (Saturdays only)
  • Pregnancy and STD screening
  • HIV tests (results within 20 minutes)
  • Lab tests (includes screening for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and lead)
  • Other vaccinations (seasonal flu, hepatitis B and Tdap)
  • Social services (Saturdays only)
  • Insurance counseling (Saturdays only)

Bring all relevant vaccination records (yours or your child’s) to the clinic with you. That is the only way we will be able to give the needed immunizations.

Due to limited resources, the following services are not available:

  • Emergency care
  • Dental services
  • On-site X-rays

Interested in a Hepatitis A Shot?

The HRC is currently offering 10 free hepatitis A shots every Saturday and five free hepatitis A shots every Thursday during normal clinic hours on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To receive a free hepatitis A vaccine, you must bring a photo ID. Unfortunately, we currently cannot offer free hepatitis A vaccines to those who have health insurance coverage that allows them to receive these vaccines free of charge elsewhere.

Extended Services Clinics

Asthma and Allergy Clinic

The Health Resource Center Asthma and Allergy Clinic diagnoses and treats asthma and allergies for people with limited access to health care. This free clinic occurs by appointment every other Wednesday afternoon with Saint Louis University physician Raymond Slavin, M.D.

The following services are available at this clinic:

  • Allergy skin test
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Asthma and allergy education

Appointments are available from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 314-266-7661.

Cardiology Clinic

The Health Resource Center Cardiology Clinic allows patients who have cardiac conditions or who are at risk of developing cardiac conditions see a heart specialist at no cost. Some patients live with heart failure, arrhythmias, congenital heart anomalies, angina, prior heart attacks or other cardiac conditions. Some do not have a diagnosed cardiac condition but have risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, high LDL cholesterol or a family history of heart disease.  

The following services are available at the Cardiology Clinic:

  • Consultation with a cardiologist
  • Consultation with a pharmacist, upon request
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Dietetic and psychology services may also be available at some clinics.

The cardiology clinic does not accept walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, call 314-389-0008 on Saturday mornings. If you must call at another time, leave a message with your name, date of birth and the reason for interest in the cardiology clinic, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.   

Diabetes Clinic

The Health Resource Center Diabetes Clinic offers education that can help people with diabetes take charge of their condition and and learn how to better self-manage their care. It also strives to improve follow-up care for people with diabetes who have no other source of primary care and to make diabetes care more affordable by helping patients find low or no-cost prescription diabetes medications.

The clinic provides patient-centered care focused on being collaborative and respecting the patient's autonomy. Patients will be set up with individual medical students for a longitudinal relationship focused on goal setting, healthy lifestyle changes and coaching patients towards self-management.

The following services are available at this clinic:

  • Diabetic check-up with a doctor and review of your diabetic blood laboratory tests 
  • Foot exam
  • Referral for an eye health exam at the next HRC Eye Clinic
  • Assistance with making healthy living choices to manage your diabetes
  • A diabetes passport that will have all your diabetic laboratory results and medication instructions in one place
  • Further blood testing, if necessary

The HRC Diabetes Clinic is currently offered every other month and does not accept walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, call 314-282-5437 and leave a message if necessary.

Prepare for Your Visit

  • Attend your blood draw clinic at the HRC at least one week before your scheduled diabetes visit.
  • Wash your feet before your diabetes check-up so we can properly complete your foot exam.
  • Wear the shoes and type of socks you normally wear to your diabetes check-up.
  • Bring all of the medicines you are taking in their pharmacy pill bottles.
  • If you have one, bring your glucometer and any log you are keeping.
Foot Health Clinic  

The Health Resource Center Foot Health Clinic improves the livelihood of St. Louis’s transient population by offering basic foot health services.

The following services are available at the Homeless Health Clinic:

  • Basic foot washing and evaluation
  • Nail clipping
  • Callous sanding

The clinic is offered from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on specified Wednesdays at St. Anthony's Food Pantry, located at 3140 Meramec St. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Geriatric Assessment Clinic  

The Health Resource Center Geriatric Assessment Clinic is designed to address the unique needs of the older adult population. This distinctive clinic includes an interprofessional approach to individual care. We offer expertise in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work and nutrition to complete assessments, provide support and recommend future care options.

This clinic is offered from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month through the Gateway Geriatric Education Center as part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to improve the health of older Missourians. Appointments are required.

If you have questions about the clinic or would like to make an appointment, call Sue Brooks in the SLU geriatrics division office at 314-977-8462.

Physical Therapy Clinic  

The Health Resource Center Physical Therapy Clinic can address pain concerns, loss of function or post-surgical rehabilitation. Teams of students evaluate and treat patients under observation of a licensed physical therapist.

Your appointment may include manual techniques performed by the therapists and exercises to be performed at home. Patients at the adult medical clinic may also be screened to determine if physical therapy is needed. Our services are completely free and do not require health insurance.

You must have a doctor's prescription to attend physical therapy. Appointments are available Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 314-534-8822 and schedule an appointment as soon as you receive your prescription. Phone messages are reviewed on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

It may take several weeks for an appointment to become available. Your first appointment will last one hour. Follow-up appointments will last 30 minutes.

You will receive a reminder phone call the week of your appointment. Call 314-534-8822 if you cannot make your appointment.

Referring Health Care Providers

The state of Missouri requires a physician referral or prescription for a patient to be seen by physical therapy. You can expect that you’ll be seen for your first appointment within one month of calling us. After the first appointment, patients are typically seen once every two weeks.

This clinic is offered through the program in physical therapy at Saint Louis University. For information, contact us at 314-534-8822 or sluprobonopt@gmail.com

SLU Sight Clinic  

SLU Sight is a free vision service offered at the Health Resource Center. It relies on medical student, optometry student and ophthalmology resident volunteers. Our partnership with Eye Care Charity of Mid-America allows us to provide prescription glasses free of charge for the community.

The following services are available through SLU Sight:

  • Free vision screenings
  • Comprehensive eye examinations
  • Prescription glasses

For more information, contact us at 314-696-2062. 

Well Woman Clinic  

The Health Resource Center Well Woman Clinic is held on the first Saturday of each month, October through June, from 1 to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 314-389-0008. This specialty clinic is uniquely designed to provide women with their annual well woman check-up. Due to the special setup of the clinic, these times are reserved for our female patients only.

The following services are available at this clinic:

  • Breast exams
  • Pap smears
  • STD testing
  • All services that are also available at the Primary Care Clinic 
Wellness Holistic Initiative in St. Louis (WHISTLe)  

The Wellness Holistic Initiative in St. Louis, known as WHISTLe, connects patients at the Health Resource Center to organizations in the St. Louis area that offer assistance in areas important to well-being. WHISTLe volunteers meet with patients one-on-one before they are seen by the medical students and physician to discuss and plan how to best connect to with area resources.

This service, available every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon during the Adult Clinic, has been an integral part of the holistic care provided to Health Resource Center patients since 2012.

Due to size constraints in the clinic, other people may be present during your time with WHISTLe volunteers. If you would like to have more confidentiality in your conversation, one may be arranged. The volunteer will ask for some basic information, identify resources to address your specific needs and supply you with a print out of contact information. Information about the visit will also be added to your HRC file.

A WHISTLe volunteer will follow up with you between 10 a.m. and noon on the next two Saturday mornings to determine if the recommended services were of help and if you require further information.

To WHISTLe services, fill out the optional  interest form given to every patient when checking in at the front desk.