Social Welfare Clinic

Providing Care to Those in Need Since 1913

Medical / Dental Programs Available

Providing Health Care to Those in Need Since 1913

Keeping the vision alive by providing compassionate healthcare to our underserved Buchanan County and St. Joseph, MO constituents.

Healthcare Services

- Medical Clinic
- Dental Clinic
- Dispensary for medications
- Dietary Counseling & Glucose Testing Strips
- Gynecological Clinics:
- BCCCP (Breast Cervical Cancer Control Provider) - women 35 & older
- Wise Woman program for patients enrolled in the BCCCP program
- Healthy Living Clinic
- Mental Health Referrals
- Homeless Outreach for medical and support services (H.O.M.E unit)

Make your appointment today! Call 816-233-5188 Medical or 816-233-5189 Dental

About The Social Welfare Board

The oldest free medical clinic in the United States. The Social Welfare Board of Buchanan County (SWB) is an agency established by Missouri State Statute, RSMO 205.770, in 1913 for the purpose of providing emergency and medical services to residents of Buchanan County. The SWB is funded by City and County dollars and multiple local, state/federal grants and donations. The City and County government appoints a six member Board of Directors to provide appropriate governance.

Our Mission

The mission of the Social Welfare Clinic is to promote and provide quality health care to the under-served population residing in the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County in a safe, respectful and compassionate manner.

Contact Us


Monday & Wednesday 8:00 - 6:30

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8 :00 - 4: 30


Monday thru Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Dental Walk-in Clinic:

Monday & Thursday 8:00 - 11 :00


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 - 4:30

All other services available Monday thru Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Appointments Preferred

*Must provide the clinic with the following documents:

- Social Security card for all household members or equivalent identification
- Photo ID or birth certificate
- Proof of residence
- Proof of personal and household income
- Current tax information may be required for medication assistance

*Please note - Family Planning clients are exempt from these requirements