Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center dedicated

The Shands Jacksonville Eastside Family Practice Center was rededicated as the Elizabeth G. Means Community Health Center May 10 in honor of the long-time advocate and vice-president for community affairs at the hospital.

The center was among the first primary care sites established under her leadership to serve low-income residents in Jacksonville. Mrs. Means died in January 2011 after a 40-year career in health care.

“Being poor doesn’t mean being of no value,” she said in an interview. “To me, to show these people that they have dignity, respect, self-worth and value is to be able to provide service to them as they need it and where they are.”

Mrs. Means was a past member of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and participated on the original planning team for the Magnolia Project, a federally-funded initiative to address disparities in the city’s infant mortality rate.

The clinic, located at 1155 East 21st Street, provides primary, prenatal and pediatric care to residents on the city’s eastside.