Des Moines and Polk County free community clinics.

Health and dental care is available from clinics and medical centers in Polk County and Des Moines Iowa. Many of the centers offer free or affordable, yet high quality, medical and dental services on a sliding fee scale. This means that some low income and uninsured patients may receive free care, while others may need to pay minimal fees. Government insurance is also usually accepted at these Des Moines community clinics.

Each of the medical centers and clinics will offer their own services. It can range from basic checkups or dental cleanings through prescription drugs and referrals to specialists. Many doctors, nurses, dentists, and medical professionals from across Polk County volunteer their time and services to these clinics. Even if a clinic can’t meet your needs, they can often refer people to specialists’ in Des Moines or neighboring counties or states.

Mae E. Davis Medical Clinic - Provides basic care such as physicals for school, illness and minor injury care, sports or work, and referrals to other community providers and hospitals. Any needs that require a dedicated specialist will be addressed by referrals. Phone (515) 277-1103

Margaret Cramer Free Medical Clinic focuses on the low income and people with no or limited health or dental insurance. Provides child wellness and preventative care, illness and minor injury care, physicals for school, sports or work, immunizations for children, and referrals to other community services and non-profits. 2725 Merle Hay Road, First Assembly of God, Des Moines, IA 50310, call (515) 279-9766 x42 for intake.




Grace United Methodist Church operates a health center in cooperation with Free Clinics of Iowa. Medical services are offered at no cost to people who are uninsured or under-insured. Care provided includes chronic disease management, diabetes testing, and prescription medications. They are a faith based, Christian clinic open to anyone in need. 3700 Cottage Grove Avenue, South Entrance, Des Moines, Iowa 50311, call (515) 255-2131

Maple Street Baptist Church Free Clinic. Call them for Child Immunizations, Orthopedic Evaluations and Specialty Care Referrals, as well as exams and basic care. While the care tends to be more basic, it can still help patients save money on their medical and hospital bills by addressing more limited health conditions. Call (515) 262-1931 for an appointment.





organizations is a private clinic that can offer high quality medical care in English or Spanish. Meet with a doctor, nurse, or medical professional who specializes in family and internal practice. This includes diabetes management, free transportation (only for patients under 20 years old and on Medicaid), physical exams, vaccines, hypertension screening, minor emergencies, and other lab services. The clinic offers discounts and the ability to pay your medical bill using payment plans. Clinic staff permits patients to explain their medical problems in their own language. 1300 Des Moines Street, Suite 204, Des Moines, IA 50309, phone (515) 265-8200

Jim Ellefson Free Medical Clinic - All nurses, doctors, and other staff located here are volunteers, and this free medical community clinic provides acute care services to the general public. There is a small fee for some types of services, such as physicals, but all other care will be provided for free as resources allow. It is a federal government qualified center. They do also provide referrals to alternative medical care, including Christian insurance plans. 1607 East 33rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50316, (515) 266-7622

United Methodist Church and St. Luke's Clinic – Offers basic health care for all county residents, regardless of their age. Get help for minor illness and injuries, physicals, well-child exams, limited lab and prescriptions, immunizations and wellness education. Health care is provided free of charge to qualified patients. Dial (515) 984-6274

ST LUKES CLINIC works with Free Clinics of Iowa as well. Call St. Lukes at (515) 954-7508 for details.

Des Moines University operates a Mobile, Free Clinic for the Polk County region. The care offered by this center is more for the homeless and very low income/underserved in the population in the greater Des Moines area. The mobile center can be set up in many different parts of the city or county. Call (515) 271-1642 for hours and location.

The East Side Clinic provides Primary Health Care. An extensive array of primary medical and preventive services are provided by Primary Health Care, Inc. This includes low cost prescription drugs, lead/poison and other prevention services. School physicals are offered by appointment. Homeless outreach is offered.




Women who need prenatal care can get home visitation services. They may be offered for families with children under the age of 6. The clinic provides resources and referrals to case managed families and women, as well as help with obtaining transportation.

Address of East Side clinic is 3509 East 29th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50317, dial (515) 248-1600


By Jon McNamara

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