If you’re uninsured, you may qualify to pay a reduced price for some services and treatments at our health centers. The exact amount you pay depends on your income and family size. This is the “Sliding Scale”. To qualify, you must bring in proof of your family’s income.

Health Disparities Collaboratives

The existence of racial and ethnic disparities in health care represents a failure of the healthcare system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors. MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER joins the national vision to reduce and eliminate health disparities.

Health Disparities Collaborative Team

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Disparities Collaborative (HDC) was developed to transform primary health care practices in order to improve the health care provided to everyone and to eliminate health disparities. The HDC is an integrated and collaborative national effort to eliminate disparities and improve delivery systems of healthcare to all individuals living in the United States under the care of HRSA-service delivery organizations and partners like MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER. Since 1999, reducing diabetes, hypertension and asthma health disparities have been at the forefront of MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER’s clinical goals.

Since the inception of this program, MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER has provided thousands of free screenings for hypertension, blood glucose, cholesterol, breast health and vision to help patients with prevention and awareness related to certain chronic and acute diseases.

Diabetic Clinic Day

Our Diabetic Clinic Day provides patients with an opportunity to receive all of the recommended diabetic screenings during one visit. This program is offered at both our Nashville and Clarksville locations. We also offer a Diabetic Clinic Day for our patients who may speak Spanish as their primary language.

Community Networks Program (CNP)

According to the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), one in four deaths in the United States can be attributed to cancer, and one in three Americans will eventually develop some form of cancer. Each day, 3,400 people in America are diagnosed with cancer and another 1,500 die from the disease. But the burden of cancer is too often greater for the poor, ethnic minorities and the uninsured than for the general population. MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER partners with the Meharry Medical College – Community Health Centers Community Networks Program (CNP) to reduce and in time eliminate cancer health disparities among African Americans in Nashville. CNP was funded in 2005 through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has two goals:

  1. Improve screening rates for cancer in African – American communities
  2. Promote access to and use of cancer prevention strategies and treatments

Through CNP, the fight against cancer health disparities is being elevated to a new level. CNP has partnered with many service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals to implement community based programs. In 2008, CNP launched the Community Advisory Board which is made up of community residents who have been personally impacted or know someone impacted by cancer. These individuals helped shape the programs and services that are being promoted in the community. CNP will reach the goals of the program by improving physical activity and nutrition, promoting access to mammography and cervical cancer screenings, and supporting individuals with a desire to stop using tobacco. For information regarding CNP call 615-324-9680.

Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (TBCCEDP)

MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER is proud to be a partner with the TBCCEDP which provides free Pap smear tests and mammograms for eligible women. For over 10 years we have been a FDA certified mammography site. We have a 99% rate of notification and follow-up within 30 days for abnormal findings for both Pap smear tests and mammograms.

Access to follow-up care for abnormal cancer findings can be a problem for the uninsured. We offer colonoscopy services on-site through the primary clinic and surgical consultation for women with abnormal mammogram findings. For more information regarding the eligibility requirements for TBCCEDP call 327-9400 x.280.


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