St. Louis Park youth have accessible health care


“Emily” is playing a spring sport. Her family has health insurance, but she didn’t plan ahead for her sports physical and now she can’t get an appointment to see her doctor. Her coach told her about Central Clinic.

“David” and his family have always had health insurance, until recently, when his father became unemployed. David had a persistent sore throat. He went to Central Clinic to be tested to strep.

These are just a couple reasons why families use Central Clinic. The clinic provides free health care for St. Louis Park youth, birth through high school. Young people receiving services at the clinic live or go to school in St. Louis Park. All services are provided free of charge. In fact, the clinic won’t take health insurance, even if you have it.

“The clinic provides free, accessible health care,” said Mary Wagner, M.D. Dr. Wagner is Central’s volunteer medical director and a family practice doctor at Park Nicollet’s Creekside Clinic. “We are seeing more people who have lost their health insurance and those whose deductibles are high. This is a tough time for many families, and we are happy that the clinic can help with their health concerns.”

The clinic is open two half days a week, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Just stop by. The clinic is located on the north side of Central Community Center at 6300 Walker St. Young people must have signed consent form on file at the clinic. Click here to download a form or pick one up from your school’s health aide.

The clinic was created in the spirit of Children First through a partnership between Park Nicollet Health Systems and St. Louis Park Schools. Residents from the University of Minnesota Medical School provide care. The clinic has an advisory council comprised of community members including several students who are interested in health care. The clinic’s number is (952) 993-1100.