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Free Diabetes education classes at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center!

Due to COVID-19 in person classes have been cancelled. Check back with us at a later date as we re-evaluate.

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

1035 14th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208.

Call 615-324-9668 or email for more information.

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Tennessee Area Health Education Centers Program

Accepting application for AHEC Scholars.
Are you looking for additional clinical and didactic opportunities to enhance your health professions career?

Contact Rosalind Shelton, AHEC Project Coordinator

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PRograms for seniors

The S.A.L.T Program was created to provide a recreational and educational outlet for adults 50 years old & older. 

Activities include: BINGO for prizes, card games (Bridge, Spades, etc.), educational sessions on Medicare, medications, home safety tips, home health care, senior scams prevention, nutrition education, chair exercise, plus a lot more!!

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Call 615-324-9689 or email Gwendolyn Langley at for more information.   


We are accepting new patients for our Pediatric Team!

Call 615-327-9400 today to schedule your child’s appointment at our Clarksville or Nashville location.

If your child does not have health insurance, we can help you with that! Call 615-921-6038.

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¡Estamos aceptando nuevos pacientes para nuestro equipo pediátrico!

Llame al 615-327-9400 hoy mismo para programar la cita de su hijo en nuestra ubicación de Clarksville o Nashville.

Si su hijo no tiene seguro médico, ¡podemos ayudarlo con eso! Llame al 866-475-7879

If you are in a violent relationship, please talk with your Matthew Walker Health Center Medical or Dental provider so the Social Worker OR one of our Behavioral Health Specialists can help connect you to the resources you may need. If the person that is abusive is with you (in the waiting room or lobby), it is our duty to take all necessary precautions to protect your safety. All information will be strictly confidential.

→ Metro Nashville Police Department Domestic Violence Division | 615.880.3000

→ YWCA Nashville & Middle TN’s anonymous, confidential 24/7 Crisis & Support Helpline: 1-800-334-4628.

Be sure that you are in a safe and confidential place when you call.

→ Safe Haven Family Shelter | 615.256.8195

→ Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault | 615.386.9406

→ NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or 1-800-787-3224 



Are You at risk for hepatitis c? 

1in 2 people with Hepatitis C do not know they have it. 

Hepatitis C testing is available at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. If you think you may be at risk, get tested. Call 615-327-9400 to make an appointment today.



do you need help with your addiction? 

We are here to help with you or a family member’s Opioid Addiction, Alcohol Abuse/Dependence, Marijuana Addiction and More

Call 615-327-9400 to make an confidential appointment with our qualified staff in Nashville, Clarksville or Smyrna.


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Make sure that you are up-to-date.  Get your vaccinations in the Matthew Walker Nashville Walk-In Clinic on Thursdays and Fridays or schedule an appointment at 615 327 9400.

Not sure which vaccinations you need?  See the schedule on the left-hand side below to find out.

Its flu season.  have you had your flu shot?

Stay healthy, get your flu shot.  Walk-ins welcome on Thursdays and Fridays at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center Nashville clinic.

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Transition of Sexual Assault Center’s behavioral health services to Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center to begin October 31

NASHVILLE, October 27, 2020 – The Sexual Assault Center (SAC) and Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC) have announced a transition of SAC’s Clarksville services to MWCHC’s Clarksville clinic effective October 31.

As SAC’s Clarksville location closes, the organization is relocating various services to trusted partner organizations in the area. MWCHC has been asked to move the behavioral health component of SAC to MWCHC’s Clarksville clinic. This transition will be handled by three therapist, one patient advocate and one case manager from MWCHC. This staff will continue the behavioral health component and patient advocacy only, all other services of the SAC will continue to be provided through the organization’s main office in Nashville.

“We are honored that SAC reached out to us to help transition this important work to our clinic,” said Katina Beard, CEO of MWCHC. “SAC’s dedication to their clients is made clear by the work they’ve done and their dedication to making sure that quality of care goes uninterrupted through this partnership. We look forward to this exciting opportunity for MWCHC to meet the needs of our Montgomery county residents and fulfill our mission to provide quality healthcare, health education and to promote wellness.”

“It has been a great honor to serve children, adults, families, partners and the greater Clarksville community through [SAC’s] satellite office,” said Rachel Freeman, President & CEO of SAC. “We are grateful that MWCHC will be integrating sexual assault services into their existing Clarksville programming so that victims and survivors of sexual assault can continue to receive care in their own community.”

“Joe and I are so grateful to the SAC for establishing a strong foundation of services for survivors in our community. The next season with the MWCHC will ensure high-quality therapy for survivors in addition to medical and dental services,” said Clarksville First Lady and SAC Advisory Board Chair Cynthia Pitts. “We are grateful for CEO Rachel Freeman & CEO Katina Beard and their leadership in making the transition happen for our community. It’s great leaders in our community like United Way CEO Valerie Guzman who made the suggestions bringing these two great organizations together.”

MWCHC’s Clarksville clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, and closed Sundays. They can be reached at 931-920-5000 or after hours at 615-327-9400.


About Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is a non-profit medical center providing affordable and quality healthcare to patients in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. MWCHC is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to all patients regardless of economic status, with its three facilities in Nashville, Clarksville and Smyrna reaching 17,000 patients a year.

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About The Sexual Assault Center: The Sexual Assault Center is committed to providing the most effective services that empower individuals to overcome the effects of sexual assault. Their clinical staff is focused on providing specialized services to all victims of sexual assault including men, women, and children, regardless of their ability to pay. They are committed to providing a warm, safe, welcoming environment for all regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability.

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Katina Beard, CEO on The Plus Side of Nashville TV Show

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Cynthia Jackson, PhD, Psychologist

iNASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) —It is the start of school in many communities throughout Middle Tennessee, and with that often comes back to school stress for students. On Nashville’s television show Urban Outlook they talked to  Dr. Cynthia Jackson about about how this stress can often become a more serious problem, mostly for young African Americans. 

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 Katina R. Beard, MSPH

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC)

May, 2019

CEO Katina Beard was selected for the Women to Watch Class of 2019 by Nashville Medical News! Check out what NMN had to say about Katina’s accomplishments and the work we’re doing at MWCHC. Congrats, Katina!

Raised in Chicago, Katina Beard headed south for college at Tennessee State University. A student in the College of Business, she struggled to pin down a major that really ignited her interest … until she discovered healthcare administration and planning.

“I enjoyed learning about the establishment of the first hospitals and how public coverage systems, like Medicaid and Medicare, came into existence,” she recalled “I had an instructor, Dr. Ernest Rhodes, that spoke about the health center movement, and the work that had been done in Mound Bayou, Miss.,” Beard continued. “Little did I know I would one day be working for an organization whose founder was part of this movement.”

The more she learned, the more she realized healthcare extended beyond the walls of the hospital or local health department. Internships at the Veteran’s Administration and later at Matthew Walker solidified her desire to serve the underserved and often overlooked. “Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is part of a national system of 1,400 sister clinics that together take care of 28 million people, regardless of their ability to pay,” Beard noted.

She was first introduced to MWCHC during a gap year between completing her undergraduate degree and starting a master’s program at Meharry. Working as an agency temp, Beard wound up with an assignment at the Federally Qualified Health Center. During graduate school, she reconnected with contacts she had met while a temp and never looked back. “From 1996 onwards, I’ve worked in some capacity at Matthew Walker,” she said.

Just as Beard was finishing her master’s degree in public health, Michelle B. Marrs arrived as the new chief executive officer of MWCHC. Marrs set the young grad student’s career on a trajectory that would lead to Beard taking the reins at the organization nearly two decades after she first walked through the doors as a temp.

“This is why the Lord doesn’t show you everything at once … you wouldn’t be ready for it,” Beard said with a laugh.

Finishing her master’s in 1998, Beard was just excited to be tapped for a senior management position in operations by the new CEO. “I was 25 years old. It was the first time I was ever salaried in my life. I think I still have the check stub,” Beard said with a grin.

In her new position, she oversaw everything from a computer conversion to the ground-up construction of today’s flagship facility on 14th Avenue. When facility management threatened to burn Beard out, Marrs had her learn to write grants.

“She allowed me to do a lot. I think that’s why I’ve stayed here all these years … I’ve been able to recreate myself for the benefit of the organization,” Beard reflected. “(She) poured into me professionally and personally, showing that I can be a working mother and serve my community.”

As CEO, Beard said all those different experiences have given her perspective and empathy. “I’m passionate about showing the community that Matthew Walker Health Center is here for the ‘group win.'” She added that too often people and organizations focus winners and losers. “I want people to know that we are here to walk with them through their work and ours.” Her favorite part of the job is rolling out a new program that just clicks and makes lives better. “It’s the global dynamics of what this organization means – not just to healthcare but to society as a whole.”

Beard noted she can’t help but smile at the ‘new’ ideas around patient-centered care, value-based delivery and addressing social determinants. “The work that is now ‘state-of-the-art’ is how we’ve been doing things for 55 years,” she noted of the FQHC model. Yet, she continued, it’s exciting to see more people come to the table to address challenges. “Until we get rid of poverty and disparities, we will always have inequities,” she said of barriers to health and well-being.

Her personal well-being comes from time spent with her husband, Michael, and their two children – daughter Makayla, 16, and son Kendall, 12. “We, like most families, are too busy but can’t figure out how to stop. So, I’m focused on spending time together and not taking for granted the small moments.”

While her superpower might be the ability to help people see issues from another point of view, Beard admits to a secret wish. “My desired superpower is teleportation … well, because traffic is a mess,” she laughed. For this busy wife, mother, and nonprofit executive, any minute saved is one that can be poured back into family and community.


Katina Beard, CEO Is On The Radio!

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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.



Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation awards Matthew Walker Grant to APSU for 10th year

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation has awarded nearly $15,000 to the Austin Peay State University Foundation through the Matthew Walker Grant for the 10th consecutive year. The funding will benefit the APSU School of Nursing.

Austin Peay State University Nursing Faculty members Dr. Doris Davenport, Dr. Patty Orr and Dr. Shondell Hickson. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Nursing Faculty members Dr. Doris Davenport, Dr. Patty Orr and Dr. Shondell Hickson. (APSU)

The funding will allow one nurse practitioner from the APSU nursing faculty to provide primary care for approximately 250 diabetes patients at the Clarksville site of the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC).

The mission of MWCHC is to provide quality healthcare services, health education and to promote wellness.

APSU senior nursing students will support the nurse practitioner’s plan of care by conducting patient care calls and diabetes education classes focused on motivating all patients to adhere to a medication regimen, monitor their blood sugar levels regularly and to change their lifestyles to prevent diabetes-related complications.

Dr. Patty Orr, APSU professor and Lenora Reuther Chair of Excellence, wrote the grant. She based the program design on the programs she observed while serving as the senior vice president of a public healthcare company prior to joining the APSU School of Nursing in 2008. During that time, she saw diabetes patients achieve positive outcomes while enrolled in health plans that offered such programs.

A floor inside the McCord Building is named after the foundation. (APSU)

A floor inside the McCord Building is named after the foundation. (APSU)

The MWCHC welcomed the APSU School of Nursing to begin the diabetes program in 2009 by providing the infrastructure to support it. Dr. Shondell Hickson, APSU associate professor of nursing, currently serves as the primary faculty nurse practitioner for the program.

Oversight and BSN student instruction related to nursing support care interventions is provided by faculty in the BSN Community Health Course.

Patient outcomes of HgA1c, blood pressure and lipid level are measured and reported twice a year. The HgA1c is a measurement of blood glucose control over a 90-day period. The indicator outcome of control of the blood sugar (HgA1c) has significantly improved over the 10 years the program has operated.

Recent indicators of improvement in aggregate HgA1c include a reading of 9.47 at the end of 2014, 8.44 at the end of 2015, 8.11 at the end of 2016, 7.62 at the end of 2017 and 6.98 at the end of 2018. The goal for all patients in the program is to achieve a reading of 7.00 or less in order to prevent diabetes-related complications, such as heart and vascular disease.   

“The School of Nursing thanks the Clarksville Montgomery County Community Health Foundation for this opportunity to provide this program for the diabetes patients at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center,” Orr said.

“Through this grant, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation has positively impacted a diverse population by helping them to prevent serious and costly diabetes complications. The grant has also provided BSN students with an outstanding learning experience to participate in a nursing research project that has generated significant outcomes for a specific patient population,” stated Orr.

To support APSU School of Nursing fundraising initiatives, contact Jerica Swiger, director of development, at 931.221.7130 or



June 2019
We had a great time during last month’s Sedona Taphouse fundraising nights! MWCHC would like to thank owner Rob Parke, the employees of Sedona Taphouse, Senator Brenda Gilmore, State Representative Vince Dixie, Victor Chatman, and all those who came out during the month of May to help raise funds for MWCHC. 
Join us for our next round of fundraising evenings on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 for a meal at Shugga Hi Bakery & Cafe to support MWCHC!
When you purchase a $10 steak or fish dinner, $4 is given to Matthew Walker.
Please come by on Thursdays and bring your family and friends any time from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Matt Fox



Thursday, May 9, 2019


Historical Marker unveiling ceremony and Senior Expo to take place May 10 at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC), Nashville’s oldest non-profit health center, will host their 10th Annual Senior Expo on May 10 at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center. MWCHC will also host the unveiling of Historical Marker No. 189 from The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County recognizing Dr. Matthew Walker, Sr.’s impact on the middle Tennessee community and beyond. Councilmember Freddie O’Connell and MWCHC CEO Katina Beard will share remarks about Dr. Walker at the unveiling.

The unveiling will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the Senior Expo will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 Historical Marker Text:

“Matthew Walker was born December 7, 1906 in Waterproof, La. After attending school in New Orleans, he graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1934 and began teaching at Hubbard Hospital. Walker served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery from 1945-73 and was instrumental in securing a 1968 federal grant to start the Meharry Neighborhood Health Center. In 1970 the community-based clinic’s name was changed to the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in his honor.”

 About Senior Expo:

The 10th annual Senior Expo is held in conjunction with Older Americans Month (OAM). Seniors are never too old – or too young – to take part in activities that can enrich their physical, mental and emotional well-being, and Senior Expo celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in the community. This free event offers seniors access to nearly 30 local organizations including Alive Hospice, Council on Aging, and Fifty Forward, among others, and resources all under one roof. Blood pressure screenings, door prizes, agency giveaways and much more will all be available for attendees.

WHAT:         Historical Marker Unveiling and 10th Annual Senior Expo

WHO:           Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center Council member Freddie O’Connell

WHEN:         May 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Central Time

 Where:         Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

                     1035 14th Avenue North

                     Nashville, TN 37208


Clarksville Health Center Celebrates a Decade of Providing High-Quality, Low-Cost Healthcare   

Clarksville, TN – August 10, 2017

On August 10th, 2017 Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center in Clarksville will celebrate 10 years of serving Montgomery county and surrounding areas. When the center was originally chartered in 2007, patient options for affordable medical and dental care in the Clarksville area were limited.  With the support of individuals like Representative Joe Pitts, Senator Mark Green, James Halford II and many others, the center has been able to provide over 31,000 patient visits in the past decade.

“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful community. Since we started the clinic in 2007 Montgomery county residents and business partners have wrapped their arms around us and that means so much” said Katina Beard, CEO of Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, “ We are taking this time to just say thank you to a few of the many that have helped to make sure Montgomery county has access to quality medical and dental services regardless of a person’s availability of insurance”.

To celebrate the anniversary, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is hosting a reception on August 10th at Freedom Point Event Center @ Liberty Park and a community open house at our clinic on August 11th.  For more information about the reception or to inquire about attending the celebration or open house, contact Cathy Hunt at (615) 340-1292.

About Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center:  Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in Clarksville, Nashville and Smyrna Tennessee. The organization is committed to providing primary and preventive medical and dental care for everyone – insured or uninsured. For patients without insurance, our fees for care are based on income. Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Dr. Michele Williams named to the Women to Watch Class of 2017

Nashville, TN – June 20, 2017
Matthew Walker’s own Dr. Michele Williams was honored on June 20th as one of Nashville Medical Journal’s Women to Watch.

The 10 women honored this year represent the village required to deliver quality care across the continuum in a highly complex, heavily regulated industry. Provider, payer, researcher, consultant, executive, industry advocate, design innovator, strategic planner, program director, educator, lifelong learner, problem solver, leader, mentor … no single title describes these women who willingly wear the many hats necessary to create transformative change in American healthcare.

Generous with their expertise and energy, these incredible women also serve on numerous community boards and industry organizations. Despite busy days, they find the time to mentor the next generation of healthcare professionals. They are unafraid to address the big issues. They lead by example. And they never forget the work they do has an impact on patients.

Congratulations to Dr. Williams!

Opportunity Now at Matthew Walker

Nashville, TN – June 12, 2017
The staff at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is very excited to have 10 wonderful students on site from Nashville’s Opportunity NOW initiative. While working at Matthew Walker, these students will have the opportunity to work with our medical and dental teams and other department teams such as outreach, finance and legal.

Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment.  In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after-school. At the same time, Nashville employers across various industries are concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees-skills most readily learned through actual work experience.

The initiative was created based on recommendations from the Mayor’s Youth Violence Summit as a way to connect youth to opportunity and to hope. Opportunity NOW is designed to combat the growing gap in opportunity and will become the much needed system for delivering employment and employment-like opportunities for young people.

Tera Hambrick, Esq. named to Nashville Bar Association Fellows Class of 2017

Nashville, TN – March 20, 2017
Tera Hambrick, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Legal Counsel at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, is a new Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF). She and the other Class of 2017 NBF Fellows were recently honored at a black tie dinner at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

The NBF Fellows Program allows the Bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community. Devotion to client service and to public interest is one of the hallmarks of the program. Fellows are selected by their colleagues within the legal community. Each class of Fellows is limited to approximately 2 percent of the Nashville Bar.

Congratulations, Tera!