Free clinics and community health centers in Des Moines

Below are the listings of free and low cost clinics in Des Moines. These clinics can help low-income and uninsured people by offering free and discounted rates for medical and/or dental care. We welcome user reviews and corrections of clinic listings, as we strive to provide our users with the best and most up-to-date information possible. Simply click on the clinic listing for more information

Des Moines Medical and Dental Clinics:

  • Christ The King Free Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50315
    • Contact Phone: (515) 285-2888
    • Details: Christ the King Parish has joined with Free Clinics of Iowa and Mercy Clinics to offer free medical care to the community! Our free clinic was created using a network of dedicated, talented medical professionals, who volunteer their time to serve those who are unable to attain and maintain quality, affordable health care. Our hope is to provide essential minimal health assistance to children and families in need.
  • Corinthian Family Health Free Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50309
    • Contact Phone: (515) 243-4073
    • Services: Illness/minor injury care; Well child exams; School/sport physicals; Employment physicals; Chronic disease management; Diabetes/blood glucose testing; High blood pressure testing
  • Dr. Nick Palmer/jim Ellefson Free Medical Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50317
    • Contact Phone: (515) 266-7622
    • Details: Jim Ellefson ran a pharmacy for many years at 1607 E. 33rd St. in Des Moines. Following his death in 2001, his wife, Judy, donated the building to the Free Medical Clinic which had been operating out of Evangelical Covenant Church at 2625 Hubbell Ave. Jim and Judy Ellefson had helped support the clinic since its inception in January 1997 by donating prescription drugs. Dr. Nick Palmer was the founder of the clinic and one of the many doctors volunteering at the clinic. He had been forced to give up his family practice due to declining health from Crohn’s disease. But Dr. Palmer saw a new opportunity through the free clinic to fulfill his dream of caring for others. The donated 80-year-old, 1400 square foot building was renovated by volunteers and opened for business in October 2001. The opening of our new “free-standing” clinic made the operation and access to the clinic much easier for everyone. We no longer had to pull everything out and set up every time. It allowed us to expand the medications dispensed to patients. We also added a “surgery room” that allowed the doctors to perform small office surgeries. One of the possible developments from Crohn’s disease is cancer, which took the life of Dr. Palmer in September 2009. His passing was a great loss to the east side and to those with no other options for medical care. Dr. Palmer’s wife, Val, has continued to operate the clinic to carry on Dr. Palmer’s vision. All of our volunteers are unpaid, and many have volunteered since we began…nothing feels as good as giving!
  • Grace United Methodist Church Free Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50311
    • Contact Phone: (515) 255-2131
    • Details: Since 2010, the Grace United Methodist Church Free Clinic, affiliated with Free Clinics of Iowa, provides free healthcare for the whole family. We serve anyone who comes through our doors: Whether you’re old, young ,or in-between, whether you’re insured, uninsured ,or underinsured, or if you simply want to come by because our hours of operation don’t require time off work, you are always welcome.
  • Healthy Choices Free Clinic Of Iowa
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50313
    • Contact Phone: (712) 292-9749
    • Services: Diabetic Education & Coaching; Gluten Free Diet Information; Health Coaching
  • Margaret Cramer Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50310
    • Contact Phone: (515) 279-9766
    • Services: Illness/Minor Injury Care; Well Child Exams; Child/Adult Immunizations; School/Sport Physicals; Employment Physicals; TB Testing; Lead Testing; Physical Therapy; Chronic Disease Management; Blood Glucose/High Blood Pressure Testing; Depression
  • Planned Parenthood - Rosenfield Center
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50315
    • Contact Phone: (877) 811-7526
    • Details: Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.
  • Planned Parenthood - Susan Knapp Health Center
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50311
    • Contact Phone: (877) 811-7526
    • Details: Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.
  • Primary Health Care - East Side Center
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50317
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1600
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care - Engebretsen Dental Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50320
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1470
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care - Engebretsen Medical Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50320
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1400
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care - Pharmacy
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50314
    • Contact Phone: (515) 262-0854
    • Details: The PHC Pharmacy provides medication to patients seen at our clinics. As a 340(B) pharmacy, we are able to provide medications at a reduced cost to eligible patients. Patients may also qualify for other assistance programs. Clinical pharmacy services are also available to help patients with chronic health conditions. Consultations with the pharmacist about medications, glucometers, diabetes management and nutrition are also available.
  • Primary Health Care - The Project
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50314
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1595
    • Details: The goal of The Project of PHC is to provide confidential, free or low cost services to help people living with HIV move through the stages of HIV medical care. From the time of diagnosis, our staff help patients connect to care, access resources that will help them achieve the best possible health outcomes and overcome obstacles that many stand in their way to a long and happy life. We also focus on prevention, providing outreach and access to the most effective tools to prevent HIV infection.
  • Primary Health Care - University Clinic
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50314
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1500
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care - University Dental
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50314
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-1888
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care At Central Iowa Shelter And Services
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50309
    • Contact Phone: (515) 248-5719
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care At Mercy
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50314
    • Contact Phone: (515) 643-4610
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Primary Health Care At Youth Emergency Shelter Services
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50309
    • Contact Phone:
    • Details: Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area. Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education. PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.
  • Proteus, Inc. - Des Moines
    • Location: Des Moines, IA - 50310
    • Contact Phone: (515) 271-5306
    • Details: Proteus provides health care services to migrant and farmworkers located in Iowa. Patients are seen at mobile clinics, in-house clinics and on an individual basis by a Proteus contracted licensed medical professional. Proteus uses a sliding fee schedule based on income for health services. Vouchers are provided for other health services with the many partnership agreements with other medical professionals in the state. These include specialty providers, dentists and vision experts. Proteus bilingual community health aides provide transportation and interpretation for these other services when needed.