Jackson Public Schools and University of Mississippi School of Nursing - Expansion of school-based health and wellness clinics

Students impacted: 1,650
Volunteers: 250+ students and teachers
Partnership duration: UNACARE - 18 years; Johnson - 18 years; Brown/Rowan - 9 years; Lanier - 2 years

UMMC's School of Nursing has engaged in faculty practice by providing health care in the community since the UNACARE Family Health Clinic opened in the Jackson Mid-town area in 1998. The following year, a school-based clinic opened at Johnson Elementary, followed by Brown/Rowan in 2008 and Lanier High in 2015. Clinic services include comprehensive physical and mental health assessments, vision and hearing screening, treatments for acute and chronic illness, and proper referrals when an illness or treatment is outside of a nurse practitioner's scope of practice. Over the last year, engagement with the Lanier Alumni Association, JPS faculty and administration and Alignment Jackson personnel has helped expand the School of Nursing's outreach and services. 


  • Hearing assessments for at-risk athletes
  • Lanier High student health fair
  • Development of safe medication storage and administration policy for schools
  • Community Health Advocate training program
  • Fall flu blitz with Rite Aid Pharmacy


  • Faculty is better prepared to deal with health emergencies
  • Healthcare Academies prepare students to pursue careers
  • 200 students received Community Health Advocate training
  • Food drive provided nutritional assistance for 140 participants