The Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic recently opened on the west side of Charlotte. This facility, which will serve the uninsured and underprivileged in the community, became possible thanks to a $7 million donation from the NBA legend.
This effort is in partnership with Novant Health, and a second facility is currently under construction to provide additional services in areas stricken by poverty around the city.
Charlotte is Jordan’s hometown, and the six-time NBA champion says that the opening of the clinic is about making a positive impact. “This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” he said, wiping tears away during the grand opening of the facility.
It only took two years to build this new center after Jordan announced his gift and intentions ins 2016.
Jordan Placed the Clinic in an Area of Critical Need
Novant Health had the clinic placed on Freedom Drive in Charlotte because there is a lack of primary care providers in that area. It offers x-ray services, physical therapy spaces, and a dozen exam rooms to serve the community – including those without insurance.
Charlotte ranks last in the United States for social and economic mobility for kids born into poverty.
When the city’s residents have access to better healthcare options, Jordan believes there will be more choices available to them in other areas of life. One of the clinic’s unique services is to offer an on-site social worker to help families find local resources that can improve their way of life.
Only time will tell if the Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic will directly address health equity gaps in Charlotte. “This is just the start of a battle of being able to touch as many people as we can,” Jordan said.