Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center (JHCHC) in Jackson, MS understands the influence of faith-based leaders in its service population. Through its Ministerial Alliance, Jackson-Hinds is working in conjunction with the community’s spiritual leaders to bring accessible, quality healthcare to the medically underserved.
Pastors who are a part of the ministerial alliance serve as a direct liaison to Jackson-Hinds’ primary healthcare services. They are able to directly refer members of their congregation who may seek religious guidance before consulting medical professionals regarding their healthcare concerns. More conveniently, the cost of services for the initial visit of referred patients are not charged to the client, but are absorbed by Jackson-Hinds.
The rapidly growing program boasts over 50 members, with participating pastors, public servants, and politicians from urban and rural communities of Hinds, Warren and Copiah counties. Dr. Jasmin Chapman, CEO of Jackson-Hinds, extends a warm invitation to any other community leaders who are willing to join the alliance and made the following statement about the program’s effectiveness,
“Quarterly meetings are held at various locations and the program is always seeking new pastors to help spread awareness about the consortia of resources available at JHCHC and in the community abroad. The Ministerial Alliance, one prayer at a time, is changing the misconception that religion and medicine cannot work hand in hand to create a healthier community for all.”