Shepherd’s Hope and Nemours Children’s Health System Will Provide Free Back To School Physicals for Uninsured and Under-insured Children

Jul 06, 2020 at 09:05 am by pj


Services available at four health center locations July 27th – Aug. 6th


Shepherd’s Hope and Nemours Children’s Health System will provide free back-to-school physicals for local uninsured and under-insured children at four Shepherd’s Hope Health Centers from July 27 - August 6. This is the seventh year this community service has been provided by the partnership.


The free back-to-school physicals include general health assessments and sports physicals with a Nemours specialist, as well as vision and hearing screenings at select locations. Immunizations will be offered at the Longwood Health Center.


“Especially considering how COVID-19 has impacted our community, we want to make sure that children are healthy for the upcoming school year,” said Al Torres, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Programs at the Partnerships for Nemours, and Board Member of Shepherd’s Hope. “Our dedicated providers offer this service year after year to the neediest children in our area.”


To qualify, children up to age 18 must be uninsured or under-insured. Appointments are necessary. Following the completion of their physical exam, they will receive the required Florida Department of Health form (DOH 3040) which meets the state requirement for enrollment in public or private school.


Funding to support this initiative is being provided by a grant from the Harper Family Charitable Foundation which provides for the health, education, maintenance and well-being of disabled children and adults of all ages in the Central Florida area.


“Before the pandemic, nearly 30,000 children were without health insurance in Central Florida. We know with over 300,000 people going on unemployment in May that there is an escalated need for free back-to-school physicals this year.  Families are struggling with losing their jobs and their healthcare coverage,” said Pam Gould, Shepherd’s Hope President and CEO. “We are so appreciative of the partnership with the Nemours Children’s Health System team and the financial support of the Harper Family Charitable Foundation to serve as many children in Central Florida as possible.”


For eligibility assessment and appointments, call 407-876-6699 ext. 221. Se Habla Español. For further information, visit


Physicals will be conducted at these Shepherd's Hope Health Centers:


West Orange Health Center

455 Ninth St., Winter Garden

Monday, July 27, 1-4 pm

Saturday, August 1, 11 am-2 pm

Thursday, August 6, 1-4 pm


Longwood Health Center

600 N. US Highway 17-92, Longwood

Tuesday, July 28, 9 am-12 pm

Thursday, July 30, 4-7 pm

Wednesday, August 5, 1-4 pm


Dr. Diebel, Jr. Memorial Health Center

9837 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando

Tuesday, August 4, 4-7 pm

Thursday, August 6, 4-7 pm


Downtown Health Center

101 S. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando

Wednesday, July 29, 5-7 pm

Monday, August 3, 5-7 pm


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