Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Good Samaritan Health Center

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bill Warren, this center has several full-time staff and over 400 volunteers providing care for over 30,000 patients annually. Services include medical, dental, health education, and mental health. Atlanta’s homeless and those with no income make up about 24% of patient visits, the working poor 69% and those who are Medicaid/Medicare eligible compose 7%. Patients pay on a reduced, sliding fee scale based on income and family size.

Good Samaritan Health Center of East Gwinnett

Established in 2016, Good Samaritan is a faith-based organization that is committed to providing low-cost comprehensive primary care (routine, non-emergency medical services), specialty health care, and behavioral health counseling to the uninsured and medically underserved populations of Gwinnett County and surrounding communities. They incorporate a holistic approach that includes preventive care and maintenance education, nutrition, and wellness programs as well as pastoral care.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Wednesday: noon - 7 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday: (2nd and 4th of each month only) 8 am-noon

Gateway Center

The Gateway Center is the ‘gateway’ to a continuum of care that helps individuals move out of homelessness. The center provides 347 beds for men who enter into programs geared to address the underlying reasons for their homelessness, such as unemployment, addictions, mental illness, and domestic abuse. Since its inception in 2005, over 35,000 individual clients have been served and over 10,000 medical services provided. The program has had remarkable heartwarming success stories. It operates a fully-staffed clinic.

Hours of Operation

  • Tuesdays (2 to 3 X per month): 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Staffed by Emory students and residents under faculty supervision

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Staffed by Mercy Care and Gateway employees

Credentialing is required to work here. Begin this process at least three months prior to the intended start date.

Portal de Salud

This organization was founded in 2013 by Olga and Jose Fernando Jimenez and is now run by Dr. Flavia Mercado, a pediatrician and former Emory faculty member. It aims to educate and empower the community through knowledge and understanding of health risks to prevent or control diseases, to understand how to navigate and access the health system, and to take action and responsibility for their health.

It began as a partnership with a local health clinic but has now grown into a weekly Wellness/Prevention Program and an annual health fair (Feria de Salud). Both events are held at Our Lady of the Americas.

The annual fair is held on the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October, and the weekly program is held on Wednesday evening from 5 - 8 p.m.

The fair has up to 700 patients and 400 volunteer clinical and nonclinical participants each year with stations such as Cardiovascular, Nutrition, Hearing, Vision, Dental, Pediatric/Teen, Vaccine, Colon Health, Men’ Health, Women’s Health, HIV, Skin Care and more.

Contact Flavia Mercado for details

It is preferable if a faculty member from Emory Family Medicine accompanies residents willing to attend this clinic. Our faculty lead is Dr. Susy Alfonso.

Port Salud

Harriet Tubman clinic at Clarkston Community Health Center

The Clarkston Community Health Center was founded in 2013 to serve as a patient-centered medical home providing an economically feasible, culturally and linguistically sensitive continuum of care for all patients in the network area including health screening, primary, and preventive healthcare to the refugee, indigent, underinsured and uninsured populations of the Clarkston community and surrounding areas.

The Harriet Tubman Women’s clinic started in January 2017 and provides quality care for uninsured and underserved women in a welcoming, safe, and culturally sensitive environment. All services are provided free of charge and include well-woman exams, pap smears, clinical breast exams, child spacing, and family planning, sexually transmitted infection screening, menopause management, pregnancy testing, and blood and urine tests.

Hours of operation

  • Sundays 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Additionally, the Clarkston Community Health Center now runs a general medical clinic.

Hours of Operation

  • Sundays 10.00am – 2.00pm