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COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines

Beginning Wednesday, November 10th, COVID-19 vaccines will be available to children ages 5-11 at all LifeSpring vaccine events.

COVID testing has been moved to LifeSpring Community Health (1042 East 3rd Street) on Mondays and Fridays from 9-11.

LifeSpring Community Health continues to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccines to our patients, their families, and the community. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and our community.

Here are COVID-19 TESTING & VACCINE opportunities (walk-ins and community members welcome):


9-11am COVID-19 Testing LifeSpring Community Health 1042 East 3rd Street

3-5:00pm COVID-19 Vaccines Downtown Library 1001 Broad Street


3:00-5:00pm COVID-19 Vaccines Avondale Recreation Center 1305 Dodson Avenue


2:00-5:00pm COVID-19 Vaccines LifeSpring Community Health 1042 East 3rd Street

By appointment:


9-11am COVID-19 Testing LifeSpring Community Health 1042 East 3rd Street

1:30-3:30pm COVID-19 Vaccines Downtown Library 1001 Broad Street

This is Chattanooga. This is Our Community. This is Why We Exist.

Watch this video for reflections on LifeSpring in 2020 and what is happening in 2021.

Honoring the Legacy of Two Great Men

Chattanooga is mourning the loss of two beloved men and leaders in our community.  At LifeSpring, we pause to honor them.  We are grateful for their lives and their support and partnership in serving our community.

Chris Ramsey, a beloved Chattanooga native, known for his tireless effort to bridge the health care gap in minority communities passed away Saturday following a battle with COVID-19.

Ramsey has been a vocal advocate for our community and the work we do at LifeSpring Community Health.  He has long been associated with the Minority Health Fair, which has grown into the area's largest health fair.  In 2020, he spearheaded efforts to bring COVID-19 testing to underserved communities.  Chris also provided a testimonial video during our #GivingTuesday campaign.  We were blessed to know him and partner with him.  We celebrate his life and grieve with his wife Lacreesha and their three children.  

William R. “Bill” Painter, went home to be with the Lord on January 11, 2021 at the age of 84.  He was a retired captain having served his country as a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.  For meritorious service during the 1964 Congolese uprisings, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal rescuing and evacuating missionaries and wounded nationals. Bill served in Vietnam 1967-68 during the infamous “Tet Offensive” receiving many awards including the Combat Action Ribbon. After retirement from the United States Marine Corps, he came to Chattanooga and lived here ever since. Bill was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he participated in 40 short-term mission construction projects in more than 18 countries.  LifeSpring's Johanna Hernandez said about Bill: "He had a heart for missions local and abroad and a heart for other people demonstrating God's love for everyone, young and old."

Free COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing @ 2507 McCallie Avenue

A Statement from the Executive Director of LifeSpring on Racism and Police Brutality

In moments like these leaders of organizations and churches who are striving to address racial inequities and outright racism, pick up their digital pens and issue a statement. I have read many of them. They inform, exhort, rally and eloquently commit to dismantling an over 400 year legacy of racism and oppression of Black people. However, as I sit poised to write, as a Black American woman of Afro-Caribbean descent, I am overwhelmed with heartache and have struggled to make a statement. The recurrence of deadly violence toward Black and Brown people in this country is a horrific violation of God’s law, and it’s deeply personal. It opens a wound that comes with being Black in America. 

Together we have experienced the horror of watching Ahmaud Arbery being chased, cornered and shot to death by white men; the shock of learning about Breonna Taylor being killed in her own home at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect; and the terrible sickening feeling in the center of our chests at the cold-hearted disregard of a white police officer as he knelt on the neck of George Floyd until he died - almost nine minutes, ignoring his pleas, the pleas of the crowd, ignoring the image of God in a human being. 

Yesterday I watched a video of a little Black girl fight through tears as she pleaded for racial equality. This is deeply personal. That experience of horror, shock and dismay unearthed a multitude of personal pain for so many African Americans who mentally prepare daily for the potential racial threat that can come without warning. Parents fear for their sons, wives for their husbands, children for their dads even if they are just going for a run, driving through a white neighborhood, visiting a friend in an affluent part of town. My heart hurts as I recall my 6’4” brother feeling marked as a threat when he walked down the street or into a store for no other reason than being a tall Black man. I feel plagued by the constant thought of what to say, how to dress, how to act to avoid being seen as a threat when I go for a walk and visit a predominantly white part of town. I am weary of working twice as hard and twice as long to gain respect and confidence in my intelligence and leadership as a Black woman in medicine. 

As Executive Director, I feel the expectation is for me to give you the horrific statistics of racism, police brutality and how Black and Brown people disproportionately carry the burden of chronic illness and death. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed once again these disparities, as the percentage of Black deaths exceeds the percentage of African Americans in many communities. And in our own hometown, 67% of the cases of COVID-19 are Latino. Today I encourage you to do some research for yourself. Today I encourage you to ponder the pain of racism that African Americans have felt for generations and hear the cries of “I can’t breathe” that have been uttered for far too long. Consider the anxiety of young children who are learning to fear for their life because of the color of their skin. Today I ask you to search the scriptures for God’s views on oppression and what he calls us as the body of Christ to do. Today I ask you to love your neighbor as yourself. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (I Cor 13:1)

At LifeSpring, we mourn the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many other Black and Brown people killed unjustly, whose names we may never know. We pray for their families that Jesus would comfort them in their loss. We stand against racism in all its forms, interpersonal, institutional and systemic; historic and generational; implicit bias and racial stereotyping; discriminatory practices in education, healthcare, housing, employment and economics. We condemn police brutality and the use of excessive force in our communities. 

It has always been our mission to demonstrate the love of Christ by actively working to decrease racial and socioeconomic healthcare inequities by providing high-quality health care that addresses physical, spiritual and social needs. We will continue to stand with the Black and Brown families we serve as they weather health disparities illuminated by the pandemic and injustice in any form. We are committed to striving for the transformation of our community, body and soul. May we all be given the opportunity to reflect the beauty with which we were created. We hope you stand with us.

But let justice roll on like a river,

    righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)

Michele Pickett, MD

Executive Director

#CallYourPediatrician Campaign

Don’t skip vaccines or checkups, or ignore concerns about your child’s health. Pediatricians are offering options like telehealth and have implemented strict safety measures.  #CallYourPediatrician

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