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Community Health Centers

Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers—Providing Primary and Preventative Medical & Dental Care for the Entire Family for More Than 35 Years

The Centers are comprehensive, multi-specialty primary care facilities offering affordable, accessible, high-quality medical and dental care. Our board-certified or board-eligible professional providers include pediatricians, internal medicine specialists, an obstetrics and gynecology physician who is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, nurse practitioners, nurse mid-wives, and dentists.

The Health Centers also provide cutting-edge disease management and wellness promotion services to our patients. These services are an integral part of our approach to providing high-quality clinical care. They are an essential part of our interactions with the communities and neighborhoods that surround the Southside and Dodson Avenue locations.

Access to emergency care hospitalization or other specialized services is provided through our affiliation with the Erlanger Health System. We provide health care regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Services Provided:

  • Dental
  • General Adult Care
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Laboratory
  • Radiology (X-ray)
  • Sports Physicals
  • Work Readiness Evaluations Disease Management and Wellness Promotion
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Environmental Health Advocacy Appointments

Please call in advance to schedule an appointment. If you or a member of your family has an immediate health problem, please call early in the day to talk with a nurse. An appointment will be scheduled as soon as possible. Only a limited number of walk-in patients can be seen. If you have an emergency after regular clinic hours, call the Health Center's number. The answering service will take your call and forward it to the doctor on call. Referrals for emergency care and specialty care will be made as needed.

Payment for Services
Payment is requested at the time of service and may be made by cash, check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard. TennCare coverage is accepted through Blue Care, John Deere, PHP and TennCare Select. Medicare and most private insurance are accepted. Co-payments are the patient's responsibility. You may be eligible for reduced fees for services, but federal guidelines require patients to provide proof of income and address at the time of service. You may bring paycheck stubs, receipts, or current utility bills showing your name and address for proof.

Prescriptions and Refills on Prescriptions
When you come for your first visit, please bring all medications that you are currently taking. If you need refills before your next visit, please call the prescription refill line at least 24 hours in advance. Some medications cannot be refilled unless a doctor sees you. If you need help to pay for your prescriptions, discuss this with the doctor or nurse. Assistance may be available through drug companies for certain medications.

Staying Healthy
We want to keep you and your family in the best of health. We offer well child and preventive health exams for the entire family. Ask for information about nutrition, exercise programs and how to stop smoking.

Community/Outreach

  • Diabetes Collaborative
  • Hypertension Education
  • Cancer Collaborative
  • Environmental Health Advocacy
  • Walking Clubs

Partially funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).