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Central Mississippi Civic Improvement Association, Inc. (CMCIA), d/b/a Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center was incorporated in August 1970 as a nonprofit 501c(3) organization to engage in planning and development of comprehensive health services for residents of poor, largely non- White, communities in Jackson, Mississippi and surrounding areas. Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center provides a comprehensive continuum of health and social services to meet the needs of our clients. 


Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC) is the largest community health center in central Mississippi. Since its inception, JHCHC has grown from a “one-bus-and-Sunday school-classroom” operation to become a multi-site, multi-disciplinary provider of health services in Hinds, Warren, and Copiah counties. Jackson- Hinds is one of only two federally qualified health center (FQHC) in the state operating a clinic for the homeless and the only FQHC operating a HUD housing complex for low-income elderly and disabled residents.


Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center was the:

First Community Health Center in the State of Mississippi to


•Operate a designated clinic for the Homeless

•Provide Optometry & Dentistry

•Provide an in-house Pharmacy

•Offer X-Ray and Lab services

•Establish school-based clinics

•Offer the Centering Program - Pregnancy, Infants, Newborns etc

•Offer Telehealth services at an FQHC

•Provide Physical Therapy

•Participate in the All of Us Research Program

Jackson—Hinds collaborated with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to operate the primary care clinics at the Jackson Medical Mall. This arrangement is one of the few such collaborations of its kind nationwide in which an academic medical center bases educational efforts at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).



A seventeen member Board of Directors governs JHCHC. Its members represent civic and religious organizations, homeless persons, homemakers and residents of medically underserved communities that utilize center services and programs. Throughout its thirty-two year history, the Board of Directors, management, and staff of JHCHC have delivered services consistent with its mission statement: To provide low cost, quality, family-based health care, and social services to people who may not otherwise have access to them.


A $27 million per year operation, JHCHC has an annual economic impact of approximately $32 million on the community. It employs over 300 health professionals throughout its three-county service area, purchases good and services from many local vendors and suppliers and serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students in various healthcare disciplines. Furthermore, JHCHC saves community resources by providing patients with more effective, cost-efficient care and reducing inappropriate use of local emergency rooms

As the largest provider of primary health care services to the poor, uninsured and under-served population in Mississippi, the prime objective of JHCHC is to eliminate disparities in health care access for these groups, which often fall between the gaps of private insurance and personal income. Payments for services rendered are based on a number of factors including the patient’s ability to pay as well as grant fund availability for various services.


Joint Commission Accreditation (since 2004) Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center has been recognized for complying with rigorous national performance standards that promote quality healthcare delivery. Jackson- Hinds Comprehensive Health Center is recognized as an

NCQA Patient Center Medical Home.

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