The Jackson Free Clinic is a full service medical and dental clinic serving the uninsured population of Mississippi. We are open every week and conduct thousands of visits with patients from across our state and all at absolutely no charge. The JFC is run by medical, dental, and other health professions students from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with volunteer medical and dental attendings. We are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit and rely completely on donations to operate. Our mission is to expand access to high-quality healthcare to those who otherwise could not afford it, to foster an environment for students to learn in a collaborative, professional setting, and to be active in our community and state to promote awareness of the ongoing needs of our patients.
One of the most pressing needs of our clinic is to be able to better provide dental services. The funds will support a project to retrofit a building that we already own next to our existing clinic to be a stand-alone dental clinic. This project will expand our capacity to serve patients in number and in scope. This project will add up to 4 new dental procedure chairs in addition to our current 2 dental chairs. The new space will enable us to not only see more patients but also to offer more preventive dental services. We would additionally be able to expand the capacity of our medical clinic by backfilling the space currently used for dental visits.
In January 2020, prior to COVID-19, the JFC’s dental appointments were completely booked through May 2020. Due to the tremendous demand over the past several years, our dental services have been limited to extractions only. Even so, we are unable to keep up with the demand with only our two dental exam rooms.
While our name is the "Jackson Free Clinic," in 2019 we saw patients from 89 cities across Mississippi. Uninsured patients often drive hours for our free dental and medical services. We're providing high-quality health care to the most vulnerable people in our state –filling a vital role in Mississippi's safety net. Now we're searching for partners to help us do more.