Parkland clinic will offer health, dental care to a community in need

Several neighborhoods in southern Dallas struggle with more than their fair share of challenges. So we’re celebrating some good news in one of those communities: The neighborhood of Jubilee Park will soon have better access to health and dental care.

A new health clinic is opening on Monday to serve a 62-block area between Interstate 30 and Fair Park. The clinic, a joint venture between Parkland and the Jubilee Park and Community Center, will offer primary and dental care for people of all ages on the first floor. Jewish Family Services will provide mental health services on the second floor. The dental clinic will open in early 2023.

This is the latest Parkland community clinic to open in southern Dallas to expand care in areas that account for a disproportionate number of poor health outcomes in Dallas County. It’s expected to serve 7,000 patients by its second year.

“Where you live really makes a difference in your health,” said Christina Mintner, Parkland’s senior vice president of population health.

These community clinics are trying to change that.

Another branch of the Parkland network that meets southern Dallas patients closer to home can be found at the Reimagine RedBird mixed-use development, also remembered as the old Red Bird Mall. The RedBird Health Center opened about a year ago. It offers a wide range of health services to a community that has struggled to access health care, often due to a lack of insurance or transportation.

Like Red Bird, the community the Jubilee Park Community Clinic will serve has poorer health outcomes than other parts of Dallas.

The Jubilee community is about 86% Hispanic, Mintner said. Parkland offers translation services at its clinics, and many of its employees are Spanish speakers.

Parkland makes an effort to hire clinic staff from within the communities they serve, Mintner said. When RedBird Health Center first opened, she said, many employees enthusiastically transferred there to serve a community in which they were already invested.

Mintner pointed out that the health challenges in these neighborhoods must be addressed beyond the doctor’s office. The Parkland clinics take a more holistic approach to health care, offering preventive health services such as nutrition and exercise classes.

One clinic can’t fix all that ails a neighborhood, but it can make seeking medical care less intimidating and start residents on a path to better and happier outcomes.

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