JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Provide quality, culturally competent health care for all.
That’s the goal of Life Tree Women Care, a clinic that just opened this week in West Jacksonville.
The founders are husband and wife and they have been working there for more than 20 years.
They say it’s the first black-owned women’s health clinic owned by a nurse practitioner in northeast Florida. And they say they are ready to make an impact in the community.
“I’m here to fill a void in this area,” said founder Jamie Neal.
Neal and her husband Derek strive to bring what they call culturally competent care to Jacksonville.
“For me, culturally competent care means I’m going to meet the woman where she is and take care of her the way she wants to be taken care of,” Jamie Neal said.
Neal is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.
She said too many women on the west side of Jacksonville lack access to effective and affordable health care, which she says contributes to disparities in black and brown communities.
With this center, they hope to change that by being another healthcare provider in the area.
“So when advanced nurse practitioners run clinics like this, you won’t have these doctors who aren’t getting the proper care because they have 50 patients to see that day. So now it can broaden the range, so maybe we’re having an impact, because now they can have more time to spend with these patients and take care of their patients,” Derek Neal said.
They say they are creating a new market and are ready to help change health care for women in Jacksonville.
“Duval County has the highest infant mortality rate in the entire state and it appears to be getting worse,” Jamie Neal said. “And I want to fix it, I want to improve it. Our goal is to go where there is a need and there is a need here in this region where we are located. There are not many women, you know, providers for women. And, and some, a lot of providers are dropping certain insurances and things like that. So there’s a strong need for us here in this area where this disparity is so great.
The clinic will begin taking appointments on June 1.
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