Back-to- school physicals are a summertime ritual for school-aged children and their families. But, for the estimated 27,000 children in Orange and Seminole counties who are uninsured, this annual rite of passage can be out of reach. For the fourth consecutive year, Shepherd's Hope, in partnership with Nemours Children's Health System, is offering free back-to-school physicals and other medical services for local uninsured and underinsured families at three locations between July 31 and August 10.
The free back-to-school physicals will include general health assessments and sports physicals (minus immunizations) as well as vision and hearing screenings with a Nemours specialist. In addition, mammogram screenings will be available for women accompanying their children at the Longwood Shepherd's Hope Health Center location in conjunction with the Florida Hospital for Women Mobile Wellness Coach.
To qualify, children must be under age 18 and uninsured. The required Florida Department of Health form (DOH 3040) will be issued following completion of the physical examination which meets the Florida state requirement for enrollment in public or private school. Appointments must be scheduled in advance.
Physicals will be conducted at the following Shepherd's Hope health clinic locations. Appointments can be made by calling (407) 876-6699, ext. 243:
Longwood Shepherd's Hope Health Center
The Sharing Center Plaza, 600 N. US Hwy 17-92, Suite #124, Longwood, FL 32750
Monday, July 31 | 9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, August 3 | 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, August 9 | 9 a.m. to noon
Downtown Shepherd's Hope Health Center
Orange County Medical Clinic, 101 S. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32805
Wednesday, August 2 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dr. Diebel, Jr. Memorial Shepherd's Hope Health Center
Samaritan Resource Center, 9833 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32817
Tuesday, August 1 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
"Uninsured children deserve to get the same start to their school year as their peers, and in partnership with Nemours, we are able to provide compassionate free health care to some of our youngest, most vulnerable, neighbors," said Marni Stahlman, president and CEO of Shepherd's Hope.