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Northwest Health Center

Northwest Health Center

The Northwest Health Center is a full-service community health center with a Family Practice Center and pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services. It has been at its current site since 1990, undergoing renovations in 1996.

Our physicians provide quality health care to meet the medical needs of Harris County residents living near the center's north Houston area. Patients at Northwest come from varied racial, ethnic and financial backgrounds and include newborns through the geriatric population. Our dedicated clinical and academic faculty have extensive experiences with the under served in this country and in other parts of the world.

The Northwest Health Center provides on-site ancillary services for comprehensive care of our patients. Annually the Northwest Health Center will provide care for over 50,000 patients. These services include nutritional counseling, patient education classes, smoking cessation classes, diabetic teaching and social services. Northwest also offers prenatal care and classes to pregnant women. The Procedure Clinic at Northwest allows patients access to procedures in dermatological surgery, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, IUD placement, joint injections, circumcision, podiatric surgery, and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Specialists in rheumatology, podiatry, early intervention HIV infection, women's health, and ophthalmology are also available. More recently, Baylor College of Medicine faculty members are available for mental health and behavioral counseling to individuals and their family.

The entire staff acknowledges the needs of our community, both local and international. Our annual health fair attracts over 2,000 people. We strive to meet the health care needs of our local homeless population with preventive and primary care health services provided through the Healthcare for the Homeless Program. Many of the clinic's physicians also provide inpatient care at Ben Taub Hospital for general adult medicine and obstetrical patients. Internationally, our doctors participate in the Houston Shoulder-to-Shoulder experience in Honduras.

Physicians at Northwest recognize the need to train competent doctors to ensure our population's future. Northwest serves as one of two training facilities or residents through the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Our clinic also hosts Baylor College of Medicine medical students beginning in their first year (via the Patient, Physician, and Society course) through their third and fourth year clerkships.

For more information, see Northwest Health Center.