Our Mission

MLK Health Center & Pharmacy puts medicine on mission by providing primary care and pharmacy services at no cost to uninsured and underinsured patients struggling with chronic diseases.

MLK Health Center & Pharmacy was founded in 1986 by Dr. Robert H. Jackson and the late Sister Margaret McCaffrey. Dr. Jackson implemented a Saturday morning clinic at the Christian Service’s Hospitality House after seeing so many uninsured patients suffer debilitating complications from uncontrolled, preventable diseases. MLK Health received its own non-profit status in May 1986 and has never looked back.

MLK Health continues to serve as a safety-net for patients who have no resources to obtain quality health care and pharmacy services. MLK Health Center holds the first Charitable Pharmacy permit issued by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. We dispense roughly 20,000 prescriptions (valued at over $2 million dollars) every year.

Today, the clinic and pharmacy provides services valued over $14 million to over 1,600 patients annually.

We serve as a learning hub to the local medical education community:

  • Students from NSU College of Nursing and LSUHSC School of Medicine and School of Allied Health Professions gain valuable experience in the delivery of health care to medically underserved patients.
  • Centenary and LSUS students also benefit from the unique learning environment we provide.
  • Our patient services make us a valuable clinical laboratory for many degree programs.