The Jackson Free Clinic was founded in 1999 by Dr. Joyce Olutade with the mission to provide basic primary care to the underserved while complimenting the education of students and health care providers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The clinic doors were opened in 2002 in the Voice of Calvary Ministries and one year later, a permanent building was donated on 925 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The clinic has provided basic health care needs with volunteer medical students, residents, and physicians since 2002. The JFC board of directors had a vision to expand their services to include other disciplines including dental. After much hard work, the newly renovated facility which includes two dental operatories reopened in October 2012.
Students at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry formed a Jackson Free Clinic board. The student board composition changes as the students graduate every year. The students also formed an advisory dental board which included school of dentistry faculty and community practitioners. The dental board's mission is the same as the JFC mission.
Our dental student board has been actively seeking contributions to outfit the dental operatories since 2012. We want to thank the community dentists and corporate supporters for helping us come this far and become fully functional. The JFC dental component has been open every other Saturday since October 2012 providing urgent care needs and we could not have done this without your generosity.
You can help JFC dental in many ways: a monetary donation, equipment or supplies, and if you would like to donate your time to cover the dental students one Saturday.
Our commitment to this service learning endeavor is great. In order to fulfill our commitment, we rely on support from our community.
If you have equipment and/or supplies you would like to donate, contact Katelyn Allen, John Sinclair or Mary Remley. If you would like to see the action on one Saturday, email name to Evan Sobiesk or Kimberly Pugh and they will contact you to cover our students at the Jackson Free Clinic. Any contribution is much appreciated!
The JFC Dental Clinic is open from noon-5 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. We provide examinations, radiographs and extractions. We have also recently incorporated an operative component to our clinic.
To schedule an appointment, call (601)355-5161 between 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on a Saturday that the clinic is open. If you leave a message, include your name, phone number, and request. The JFC staff is only available to take and return calls during this period.
For more information pertaining to the Jackson Free Clinic, visit the website.