MLK Health Center & Pharmacy

MLK Health Center & Pharmacy

Most people just want to be able to take care of their families. When you’re sick, that’s hard to do. When you’re sick and uninsured, it seems impossible to do.

We know there are people in our community forced to struggle alone with their health because they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid assistance but not enough to afford private insurance. 

In fact, 14.8% of employed adults are uninsured in Shreveport-Bossier. * 

It is our mission at MLK Health Center and Pharmacy to extend comprehensive primary healthcare and pharmacy services at no cost to uninsured patients with chronic illness who otherwise often forgo routine medical care because of a lack of resources.

Chronic conditions are not like allergies that won’t go away. Chronic conditions, when left untreated, land people in the emergency room. Hospital debt only exacerbates feelings of hopelessness for those already living paycheck to paycheck.

We work to close the healthcare gap for the working poor because we know working two jobs to make ends meet isn’t always enough. We do it because families are stronger when parents are healthy. We do it because we want local businesses to have healthy employees and consumers able to buy their products. We do it because we want people to have the energy to sit out on the porch to get to know their neighbors. The list goes on…

Thomas Carlyle once said “He who has health has hope. He who has hope has everything.”

Will you join our work to restore hope and healing to families struggling alone with chronic conditions?

MLK Health is a free clinic and pharmacy that is privately funded. We operate solely on the generosity of volunteers and private, local donors. We’re grateful for our longstanding partnership with First United Methodist Church. We couldn’t build a healthier community without its support.

Please call our office to schedule a tour of our clinic and garden learning center (318.227.2912). Volunteer opportunities are available. Donations are always welcomed.

*Community Foundation’s Community Counts 2017 Report

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Written by Jordan Ring

jordan@mlkhealth.org

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