By Sriya Reddy
The last time Alice Collier went to the dentist was in 2014.
After her retirement, Collier, who lives in the Jubilee community in southern Dallas, said she didn’t have the time or money to go to regular dentist appointments.
For many in southern Dallas, keeping a healthy lifestyle is difficult. With few grocery stores, clinics and dental offices in the area, many have been forced to travel great lengths or spend extra money to get the care they need.
But that could be changing. In the past year, multiple health centers have opened in the southern sector with the goal of increasing access to medical care.
Services in Jubilee
The Jubilee Park Community Clinic opened in early August in the southeast Dallas community. The two-floor clinic is a partnership between Jubilee Park and Community Center, Parkland Hospital and Jewish Family Services. The clinic and dental office are managed by Parkland, while mental health services are provided by two counselors through Jewish Family Services.
Marissa Castro Mikoy, executive director of the community center, said that during their community opening event in late August and tours they gave she felt the gratitude from residents.
“What I heard throughout the tour was, ‘This is so beautiful,’ ” Castro Mikoy said. “The other thing was, ‘You listened to us,’ because there were a lot of focus groups and a community needs survey that Jubilee did, where residents said we need a clinic.”
Collier has lived in Jubilee for 56 years. She said she’s seen a lot of growth and change throughout her time there. This clinic adds to that, and she said she’s very excited about the dental office.