Three doctors with different health specialties have teamed up to provide comprehensive health care to students in five schools in the Mississippi Delta. Dr. Nora Gough-Davis (family nurse practitioner) of Shaw Family Medical; Dr. LaMonica Davis Taylor (board certified pediatric dentist) of Smiles on Broadway Dental Care; and Dr. Chaka Norwood (optometrist) of Norwood Family Eye Care are all graduates of John F. Kennedy Memorial School in Mound Bayou.
These health clinics are located at I.T. Montgomery Elementary School, McEvans Elementary School, Brooks Elementary School and Northside High School.
The 2018-2019 school year was the first year for these schools to offer all specialties. The goal of the health clinics are to provide an accessible source of primary and episodic health services to all students who attend. Services include comprehensive physical/mental health assessments, yearly required well-child checks, comprehensive eye exams, treatments of acute illnesses, preventive dental care, as well as referrals to appropriate local health care providers when an illness or treatment is out of the scope of practice for the services provided by each individual clinic. Faculty and staff health screenings for those who desire care were provided also.
The superintendents and principals have welcomed these providers with open arms. Within just a few months, they have seen fewer absentees and better attendance at all of the schools.
For the 2019-2020 school year, medical services will be provided by Dr. Nora Gough-Davis and the staff of Shaw Family Medical Clinic. Dr. Gough-Davis is a 1995 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. She attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, University of Phoenix, and Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Dr. Gough-Davis, received her board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She currently practices full time at her group practice, Shaw Family Medical and part-time at Gough’s Family Medical Clinic and all school-based clinic locations. She provides medical services to patients ages 6 weeks throughout the lifespan. For more information about Dr. Gough-Davis and /or the services she provides, please visit www.shawfamilymedical.com.
Dental services will be provided by Dr. LaMonica Davis Taylor and the staff of Smiles on Broadway Dental Care. Dr. Taylor is a 2003 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Dentistry, and Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York for her general practice and pediatric dental residencies. Dr. Taylor also received her board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently practices full time at her private practice, Smiles on Broadway Dental Care, in Jackson and has hospital privileges at Merit Health Madison, Merit Health Central, Merit Health Rankin and North Sunflower Medical Center. She specializes in providing comprehensive dental care to children ages 1-21 and special needs adults. For more information about Dr. Taylor and/or the services she provides, please visit www.smilesonbroadwaydental.com.
Vision services will be provided by Dr. Chaka Norwood and the staff of Norwood Family Eye Care. Dr. Norwood is a 1995 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Jackson State University and a Master of Public Health (Health Administration) Degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. For the past seven years, Dr. Norwood has been owner of Norwood Family Eye Care, LLC in Memphis, TN. She specializes in comprehensive vision care for all ages that include treatment of ocular disease and acute eye problems. For more information about Dr. Norwood and/or the services she provides, please visit www.norwoodfamilyeyecare.com.
For the 2018-2019 school year, over 500 students were seen for medical services. Dental care and vision services were provided to over three hundred students. Glasses were provided to over 200 students. In addition to medical, dental and vision services, counseling services will also be provided at all of the school based clinics.