Several Dallas ministers have agreed to host health clinics in their churches to help underserved communities in southern Dallas County.
Leaders of the Interfaith Ministerial Alliance on Monday signed an agreement with a local nonprofit, Health Momentum, which will set up the pilot clinics run by Our Home Test and At Your Door Labs.
Lorna Lizotte, founder and managing director of Health Momentum, said the lack of accessible health clinics has created derogatory inequalities in Dallas County, citing lower household incomes and lower life expectancy in the southern area. .
“IMA’s faith-based clinics will provide access to affordable, comprehensive and holistic care that can positively impact health outcomes for the community,” she said.
Reverend David E. Wilson, CEO and President of IMA and pastor of Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas, said churches are responding to the call for help with an innovative partnership.
“Given the impact of the coronavirus across the world, and particularly in low-income communities of color, this wellness challenge is a clear mandate that leadership must connect resources to improve health outcomes. for the less good of us, ”he said.
Many churches have undergone COVID-19 tests and vaccines during the pandemic, and the goal is for clinics to provide additional services.
Churches will also benefit from the income generated by the rental of space.
“It will turn heads when we are successful, and we are successful,” Lizotte said, according to KDFW-TV (Channel 4). “It will turn heads in the country. It will be a project for everyone to consider.
The goal is to open the first clinic in a Dallas church by December, the TV station reported.
Dallas City Council member Adam McGough of District 10 also attended the meeting on Monday and pledged to try to secure funding for the church’s alliance to expand its reach.
The group will be tasked “with amplifying the initiative and mobilizing its vast network of religious leaders and voters who are committed to equitable, safe and effective health care,” he said.
Parkland Hospital is also focusing on the health care needs of South Dallas residents, opening a new clinic this month at the Red Bird Mall site.
The 40,000 square foot RedBird clinic will provide primary care, family medicine, mammography and simple radiology. He joins three others in the region: Bluitt-Flowers, Oak West and Southeast Dallas.
This story, originally published in Texas Metro News, is reprinted in a partnership between The Dallas Morning News and TMN. The partnership aims to strengthen coverage of communities of color in Dallas, particularly in South Dallas.