Community Outreach Finalist: Sandra J. Brown

Community Outreach Finalist: Sandra J. Brown
Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. in Little Rock

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. (JCCSI) offers help in communities where people often have the hardest time helping themselves.

The Mission of JCCSI is to provide high quality, accessible primary health care and social services to all patients, especially to vulnerable and special populations such as the homeless and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Under CEO Sandra J. Brown, JCCSI operates seven health centers: Pine Bluff, Altheimer, Redfield, College Station, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Open Hands Center, for the homeless, in Little Rock.

All seven JCCSI locations have connected with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE). SHARE is the only statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Arkansas that facilitates the secure exchange of patient health information among hospitals, physicians, clinicians and other members of the medical community.

JCCSI’s services include pediatrics to geriatrics, family practice, immunizations, dental, chronic disease, breast care program, behavioral health, cancer screening, lab/X-ray and a medication assistance program.

JCCSI accepts most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid and offers a sliding fee scale for the uninsured, based on federal poverty guidelines.

The clinic does not require co-pays for the homeless.

JCCSI has a dedicated team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and support staff to provide comprehensive health care services.

The system is governed by a volunteer board of directors and at least 51% of the board must be consumers of JCCSI services.

“All board members reside in the communities the system serves,” Brown said.

More than a year ago JCCSI relocated its homeless clinic, Open Hands, to the basement of Jericho Way Day Resource Center in Little Rock. The clinic has increased access to health care for this population and provides comprehensive primary health care services.

Open Hands is staffed by a full time nurse practitioner, licensed nurses, medical assistant, and a medical receptionist. JCCSI has recently added a full-time substance abuse counselor on site.

Year JCCSI was incorporated

Year JCCSI opened its first clinic, in Pine Bluff

Patients served by the JCCSI homeless clinic Open Hands

JCCSI is a member of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.