• Shepherd's Hope and Nemours offer free back-to-school physicals for uninsured children


    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 at select locations 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.  

    “This is our fourth year working side-by-side with Shepherd’s Hope on their free back-to-school physicals, and we really enjoy it,” said Al Torres, MD chief of critical care and transport at Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Everyone from Nemours who volunteered for Shepherd’s Hope wants to return, including me.”

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