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Who We Are

MHEDS, operational since 1972, started as a joint project of the Erie Diocesan Mission Office and the Erie Council of Churches. Over time, MHEDS has greatly expanded as our local population has evolved. We currently serve a diversity of people in the Erie area, including Bosnian, Bhutanese, Burmese, Congolese, Eritrean, Iraqi, Kurdish, Mexican, Puerto-Rican, Russian, Ukrainian, Somalian, Sudanese, and Vietnamese patients.

MHEDS has a caring staff representing many of the populations we serve. Our interpreters, case managers, nurses, medical assistants and other professionals assist patients with language and cultural navigation.

Our Mission

To provide primary health care services to the “medically at-risk” and low income patient populations of Northwest Pennsylvania .

To create systems of holistic health care delivery, inclusive of support services, and accessible to all regardless of their ability to pay.

To serve as a “one-stop” service entity, providing curative, preventive, educational, and support services.

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Services and Resources

  • Primary Care-all ages
  • General Health and Wellness
  • Medical Case Management
  • Health Education
  • Outreach and Enrollment
  • Immigration physicals (Civil Surgeons on staff)
  • HIV/AIDS test, counseling and referral
  • CLIA-waived Lab tests including COVID-19 (onsite rapid test)
  • Immunizations including Moderna vaccince for COVID-19
  • Translation & Interpretation Services
  • Food Bank
  • PA WIC (Women, Infants, Children) Services


MHEDS enjoys a collaborative relationship with local health care providers for other services including emergencies, hospitalization, mental health, drug and alcohol, X-ray, obstetrics and gynecology and dental services.