Owens Health and Wellness Center

Tougaloo College Owens Health and Wellness Center NewsletterThe Tougaloo College George A. and Ruth B. Owens Health and Wellness Center (OHWC) is a community resource facility designed to provide primary health care and preventative health services through wellness and nutrition education, and physical fitness programs. People today are conscious of their physical health condition and possess a desire to improve their lifestyles by engaging in fitness regimens.

Our center provides a variety of exercise programs that target each member’s desired goals. A brief interview with each new member is conducted to determine his/her desired health and wellness goals.


Special Notice

The Central MS Area Health Education Center is looking for two 2 dedicated students to carry out various  functions within our organization as part of their community service.

Students are needed to conduct outreach within various Counties in Mississippi to help residents learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and get enrolled. We also need students to help develop organizational brochures, newsletters, prepare updates for our website, and other duties that are assigned by supervisory staff.

Central MS AHEC serves as the workforce development division of the Owens Health and Wellness Center. Our office is located at the Jackson Medical Mall, Suite 3320. Contact Johnnie Hawkins or Candis Patterson for more info at (601) 987-9463.


Contact Information

We are here to help you. Feel free to call, email, visit, or write the Owens Health and Wellness Center.

Mailing Address:
Tougaloo College
Owens Health and Wellness Center
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

Campus Location:
Owens Health and Wellness Center



Sandra Hayes, DrPH, MPH, MCS
Executive Director
Tougaloo College Owens Health and Wellness Center
Interim Director
Tougaloo College Institute for Bio Health and Informatics

Gary L. Anderson II
Assistant Director
Tougaloo College Owens Health and Wellness Center

Dominica Sheriff
Administrative Coordinator

Patrice Jacobs
Health Educator/Project Manager

George Patterson
Director of Campus Life and Community Outreach

Robert Payne
Fitness Manager

Rachel Owens
Senior Outreach Coordinator

Fannie Sanders
Senior Outreach Coordinator

Georgia Knight
Senior Outreach Coordinator

Angelique Lee
Program Administrator of Y.O.U. C.A.N! Institute

Kristen Harris
Prevention Specialist of Y.O.U. C.A.N! Institute

Johnnie M. Hawkins
Director of Center Mississippi Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Campus Medical Clinic
(Operated by Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Dr. Janice Bacon, MD
Pediatrician & Director of Clinical Quality
Available Monday & Friday

Morlyn Russell, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Available Monday - Friday

Campus Dental Clinic
(Operated by Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center)

Dr. Rose T. Straughter, DMD
Dental Director
Available Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM