Who We Are

At Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, we believe that all people deserve quality healthcare. Since 1968, we have been providing high-quality affordable care for underinsured and uninsured Middle Tennesseans. Our approach is “comprehensive”, so we focus on providing preventive and primary healthcare for the whole person and the whole family in one place.

As a Joint Commission-certified facility, we are committed to providing coordinated care in partnership with the patient, their family and our providers who support them to deliver the best care for each individual.

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The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is named for one of the groundbreakers in medicine from the middle of the 20th Century. In addition to his responsibilities as Surgery Department Chair at Meharry Medical College (1943 – 1973), Dr. Matthew Walker, Sr. was a champion of comprehensive community healthcare who established health programs in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Dr. Walker advocated at local and state levels for nearly a decade before receiving an initial Federal grant of approximately $1.5 million to start a community-based clinic in Nashville. This grant was used to build the health center that has continually brought high-quality, affordable care to Middle Tennessee’s underinsured and uninsured citizens for a half century.

The initial clinic, called the Meharry Neighborhood Health Center, opened March 11, 1968 in a temporary location as the first Federally Qualified Health Center in the state of Tennessee. In 1970, the clinic’s name was changed to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center to honor Dr. Walker’s legacy of tirelessly advocating for health care for all people, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

Today, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center provides primary medical care, behavioral health services, dental care and health education to approximately 17,000 people annually in Nashville, Clarksville and Smyrna Tennessee.

Core Values

We are committed to principles which help us provide high quality care and services to heal the whole person and the whole family.


To provide quality healthcare services, health education and to promote wellness.


To be the provider of choice offering quality state-of-the-art healthcare services to our patients regardless of their economic status.




All people should have easy access to quality healthcare.


Customer Service

Our focus is the patient. Every patient interaction is an opportunity to make a positive difference.


Ethics, Honesty & Integrity

We believe in mutual respect, fairness, and truthfulness.



We support a clear and open exchange of information that will enhance understanding our patient needs and expectations.



We will maintain a strong sense of community outreach that enables us to be a catalyst for developing programs to address health and other community-related concerns.

Accreditations & Affiliations

The Joint Commission

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is accredited as an ambulatory care facility and certified as a primary care medical home by The Joint Commission.  Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has maintained its ambulatory care accreditation since 1983, reflecting our commitment to providing safe and quality patient care in compliance with the standards set by The Joint Commission.

Only five other community health centers in the country attained accreditation prior to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. We are proud of this legacy and remain committed to continuously improving the quality and safety of patient care.

We Are A Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Medical Home is defined not simply as a place but as a model of the organization of primary care that delivers the core functions of primary health care according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

A potential advantage of this model is the promise its holds to improve the health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered. Medical Home includes: Comprehensive Care; Patient Center Care; Coordinated care; Accessible Services; Quality and Safety.

Health care in the United States is moving away from a volume-based payment system and toward a value-based system.

PCMH transformation not only positions providers to better respond to this changing health care landscape, but with time, it also benefits patients, and practice.

The mission of our medical home is to help all patients take control of their health. We are working to achieve that mission by making sure all patients have the care and support that they need to become healthier.

Your care team should help you understand your health information, involve you in your health care and information, and enable you to follow your care plan. You may always ask for a second opinion about your treatment. You may also change your primary care provider if you wish.

Your medical home provides comprehensive family, adult, child, and women’s health care. The Primary Health Network is able to meet a wide variety of other health needs as well. If you have a health need that we cannot treat here, then we will work with you to find an office that can help you.

You can help make the medical home more effective in many ways. Please bring a list of the medicines you take and a list of health goals you want to achieve to office visits. If you are already working toward health goal, please let us know how we can help you achieve it.

If you had any tests or referrals since your last visit, please make sure that we have copies of the lab results or referrals notes.

If you ever need medical advice over the phone, day or night, please call your primary care provider’s office.


Federally Qualified Health Center

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc. is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).