About Open Door Health Center

Our Mission

 Advancing access to quality, affordable, culturally appropriate health care through patient-centered medical, dental and behavioral health services for all people across southern Minnesota

Our History

Since its beginning as a volunteer clinic in 1983, Open Door Health Center has striven to meet the health care needs of the community. Our friendly staff is dedicated to providing top quality and culturally sensitive health care.

Open Door Health Center is a non-profit organization that provides affordable health care on a sliding-fee scale to uninsured and under-insured people in southern Minnesota. We provide medical, dental, medication assistance and behavioral health services. Interpreter services are available for non-English speaking patients.

Open Door Health Center's clinic in Mankato primarily serves 12 counties in southern Minnesota comprising of Brown, Blue Earth, Faribault, Rice, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Steele, Waseca and Watonwan counties.

Open Door's Mobile Medical and Mobile Dental clinics rolled out in March 2012.  We currently provide service in three southern Minnesota towns: Dodge Center, Gaylord, Marshall and now Worthington.  These clinics are open to anyone and will see patients from multiple counties surrounding the service locations.


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ODHC clinic in Mankato (English/Spanish)

ODHC traveling Mobile Clinics (English/Spanish)

ODHC Annual Report

2012 Open Door Health Center annual report

ODHC In The Media

Sen. Al Franken Makes Stop In Mankato On Rural Health Tour

Foreign Affairs - April 9, 2015 View

KEYC-TV - April 7, 2015 View

Open Door Health Center adds Dietitian

Mankato Free Press - March 25, 2015 View

Open Door Health Center adds Registered Dietitian

Mankato Times - March 23, 2015 View

Enventis Community Fund Announces $150,000 in Grant Awards

Mankato Times - March 15, 2015 View

Open Door Health Center offers free health screenings

KEYC-TV - February 27, 2015 View

MNsure Deadline Hits on Sunday

KEYC-TV - February 16, 2015 View

MNsure Deadline Hits on Sunday

KEYC-TV - February 11, 2015 View

Open Door Health Center Offers Free Health Screenings in Gaylord

Mankato Times - February 2, 2015 View

Upcoming GMG Events

Greater Mankato Growth e-news - December 16, 2014 View

MNsure deadline extended five days

Mankato Free Press - December 16, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center to provide free MNsure enrollment assistance

Mankato Times - November 18, 2014 View

Open Door offers free screenings in mobile clinic

Mankato Free Press - November 3, 2014 View

BCBS leaders praise local non-in Mankato visit

Mankato Free Press - September 29, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center Receives Federal Funds to Increase Access to Primary and Dental Care

Mankato Times - September 14, 2014 View

Open Door receives $210,000 in federal funding

Mankato Free Press - September 13, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center Gets Federal Grant

KEYC-TV - September 12, 2014 View

Open Door celebrates expansion

Mankato Free Press - August 12, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center Presents New Extension

KEYC-TV - August 11, 2014 View

Affordable Care Act offers grants to various states for behavioral health integrations

Diabetes Insider - August 3, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center Receives Grant

KEYC-TV - August 1, 2014 View

Open Door [Health Center] receives $250,000 grant

Mankato Free Press - July 31, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center receives $250,000 from Health and Human Services

Mankato Times - July 31, 2014 View

Local Wellness Efforts Receive Boost from Blue Earth County SHIP

Blue Earth County News Flash - July 18, 2014 View

Artist paints murals at Open Door

Mankato Free Press - July 17, 2014 View

Open Door Launches Capital Campaign

Mankato Free Press - May 6, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center Kicks-off Building on our Past, Expanding for our Future Capital Campaign

Mankato Times - April 30, 2014 View

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Mankato Times - April 6, 2014 View

Open Door growing fast, ready for future

Mankato Free Press - March 31, 2014 View

College students targeted as MNsure deadline nears

Mankato Free Press - March 27, 2014 View

MNsure Deadline Approaching

KEYC-TV - March 21, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center coming to area

Fulda Free Press - March 12, 2014 View

February 25 News

KWOA 730 AM - February 25, 2014 View

Open Door Health Center to bring mobile units to Worthington 

Worthington Daily Globe - February 25, 2014 View

MNsure Impact

Mankato Free Press - January 13, 2014 View

MNsure Deadline Approaches

KEYC-TV - December 30, 2013 View

MNsure Enrollment

Mankato Free Press - December 22, 2013 View

No Closed Doors During Open Door Health Center Renovation

KEYC-TV - December 12, 2013 View

Open Door Health Center to Offer MNsure Assistance

Mankato Free Press - November 23, 2013 View

Open Door Health to Assist MNsure

Mankato Free Press - November 15, 2013 View

Open Door Health Center Breaks Ground on Expansion 

KEYC-TV - June 11, 2013 View

Open Door set to break ground on $4.8M expansion 

Mankato Free Press - June 10, 2013 View

United Way focusing on support of Open Door Clinic

Mankato Free Press - July 26, 2012 View

Medicine on Wheels, A Heck of a Deal

Minnesota 20/20 - Hindsight 20/20 Blog - June 26, 2012 View

Medical clinics share grants

Minneapolis Star Tribune - June 21, 2012  View

Health care law expands community health centers, serves more patients 

Mankato Free Press - June 21, 2012 View

Vans deliver access to health care

Minneapolis Star Tribune - June 19, 2012  View

MN2020: Bringing Back the Housecall

Minnesota20/20 - May 21, 2012 View

Open Door clinic received nearly $5 million federal grant

Mankato Free Press - May 1, 2012 View

Mobile health and dental clinics come to Dodge Center

Rochester Post Bulletin - March 31, 2012  View

Open Door goes mobile with healthcare

Mankato Free Press - March 11, 2012  View

Open Door to offer mobile health care option

>► Marshall Independent - July 12, 2011 View

MN2020: Open Door Health Center

Minnesota20/20 - May 2011 View

Our View: A solid plan for health care studies

The Free Press - February 4, 2011   View

Mankato Clinic partners with Open Door Health Center to provide specialty care

Mankatoclinic.com/events-and-news - January 31, 2011  View

HickoryTech Foundation Donates $5,000 to Open Door Health Center

Enventis News Archives - February 22, 2010 View

Our View: Good things from the Legislature

The Free Press – May 30, 2009 View

Open Door gets grant

The Free Press – May 23, 2009 View

Open Door to get $1.3M grant

The Free Press – March 2, 2009  View



Our organization began as a volunteer clinic in 1983 and later became The Wellness Center.

In 1989, community members gathered to discuss health-related problems of Greater Mankato. The group included government representatives, educators, health care providers and other community members. They formed the Council for Health Action and Promotion. CHAP focuses on adolescent problems such as alcohol and drug use and sexual activity.

In 1992, community and CHAP members gathered again. They conducted surveys and found that the area had a large number of under- and un-insured people. Many people were unable to pay for prescription medication, emergency care and dental care.

The group accepted funding from Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Region Nine Development Commission. The funding was used to create a non-profit organization: Open Door Health Center. The Open Door board of directors believes that health is a basic right and all people should have access to health care services. Open Door has worked hard to provide affordable and safe health care.

In March 1994, Open Door was open three hours a day, three days a week. The center was managed by nurses who provided health care services to women and children. Volunteers made up most of the center’s health care providers. They offered medication help, blood pressure and diabetic screenings, immunizations, behavioral and nutritional counseling and exams for women and school-age children.

In a few years, it became clear many of Open Door’s patients were unable to access the existing healthcare system. They did not qualify for government insurance programs but did not make enough money to afford private health insurance. In addition to preventive care, patients requested Open Door provide treatment.

In 1996, Open Door received more funding and hired a part-time family nurse practitioner. The nurse and physician volunteers offered their services, increasing Open Door’s weekly hours from nine to 16.

Open Door moved to a larger facility in June 2000. By 2001, funding from Immanuel-St. Joseph’s Hospital and United Way increased Open Door’s hours. Open Door offered its services 24 hours a week, open weekdays and one evening. The phone was answered 40 hours a week.

Open Door received three grants in 2001. It improved its services with grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Minnesota Department of Health and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation. The funding allowed the paid staff to increase from 5 to 25 full- and part- time employees. The grants provided money for medication assistance, dental care, medical care, foreign language interpretation, social work, collaboration with Minnesota State University, Mankato, community outreach, and development of a management information system.

In April 2002, Open Door moved to its current location on Holly Lane. A group of orthopedic physicians donated its 10,000 square-foot building to Open Door. The building provided Open Door with space to expand services.

In 2007, Open Door applied for and was granted FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Look-A-Like status.

In 2009, Open Door applied for and was granted full-fledged FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) status.  This designation allowed Open Door to receive additional funding to enable enhancement and expansion of services and staffing.  While Open Door still has many volunteers, staff are primarily compensated for their expertise.

Through the generosity of the Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic fund, Open Door Health Center received a grant in 2011 to establish a mobile health program that offered medical and dental services in a mobile environment through deployment of a mobile medical clinic and a mobile dental clinic.  The clinics officially "rolled out" in March 2012 with stops across southern Minnesota.

In May 2012, again due to the generosity of the Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Fund, Open Door opened a new dental clinic addition which replaced the existing clinic, featuring eight operatories including a pediatrics room, a Pan X-Ray and a Likorall lift which safely moves wheelchair bound patients into a dental chair.

In June 2012, Open Door received the announcement that it was the recipient of a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to renovate its current facility for improved patient care. The grant is one of the administration’s Capital Development — Building Capacity Grants.   Con      Const          Construction will begin in 2013.

Also in June 2012, Open Door received announcement of a New Access Point grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.  This grant gives the Open Door Heath Center's mobile health program Federally Qualified Health Center status, providing additional financial support enabling additional days of service to more areas.