Spirit of health and life: Local couple opens health clinic in underserved community

Spirit of health and life: Local couple opens health clinic in underserved community

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local couple is doing their part to help communities that are facing health disparities.

The Pareto Clinic opened this week to offer care to patients

In a big city like Jacksonville, you might think that it wouldn’t be hard to find primary health care close to home.

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But it can be, especially if you need affordable care.

That’s why Dr. Kenyatta and Laquita Lee opened the Pareto Clinic in partnership with the city of Jacksonville, Edward Waters College, and Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center.

“We wanted to come back home to Jacksonville and we definitely always have a love to be in the community and be where the need is most,” Dr. LaQuita Lee said.

The couple says the clinic will help neighbors in the area who are low income and don’t have a clinic nearby.

“When you look at disparities for colon cancer, breast cancer, or for even something like Covid, it’s because of a lack of access,” Dr. Kenyatta Lee added.

According to the department of health, in area code 32209 where the Pareto Clinic opened there are 987 cases of coronavirus.

Dr. Lee says neighbors won’t have to travel as far for care.

“In some communities, you have three doctors on every corner, here you may not have another doctor for another five to ten miles within the general radius, so actually putting these resources in the community stops people from having to go to the ER, hospital, that kind of thing,” Dr. Kenyatta Lee said.