About Our Clinic

Dedicated to Hope, Healing, and Recovery.

We believe that “Social Justice is the foundation of community health”. Common Ground Health Clinic is a nationally reclaimed patient-centered medical home, located in a historic Algiers, New Orleans corner grocery store. The commitment of CGHC is to help meet the primary needs of the uninsured or the under insured.

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Mission Statement

The Common Ground Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides quality health care for the greater New Orleans community, and develops and provides programs to address community health care needs through collaborative partnerships.

“Caring for our community is my passion. I love to see my patients live healthy and fulfilling lives!”

– Dr. Jean Mathis

Our History

The Common Ground Health Clinic started on September 9 , 2005 just days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Due to the humanitarian disaster and apparent lack of  governmental response, two community activists, Sharon Johnson and Malik Rahim put out a call for healthcare workers to help meet the overwhelming need.

The clinic started as a first aid station with the arrival of “Street Medics”, which are first responders that gained notoriety through mass mobilizations of the anti-globalization movement. The clinic was originally set up in a mosque, with space being generously donated by the Masjid Bilal.

Nurses, physicians, herbalists, acupuncturists, EMTs social workers and community activists came from around the world to volunteer at Common Ground Health Clinic. Since its inception, the clinic has served more than 60,000 patient visits – all at no charge to the patient.

Our Purpose

  • To provide quality integrative healthcare
  • To provide quality healthcare education for preventive self-care
  • To create an environment conducive to patient, staff and volunteer learning
  • To work in an anti-racist paradigm