Second mobile clinic hits the road
A second mobile health clinic is about to hit the road, serving the uninsured and underinsured of in East Winston.
Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) School of Health Sciences (SOHS) held a ribbon cutting for the university-branded 38-foot Freightliner motor coach on Thursday, May 17.
The Rams Know H.O.W. Mobile Clinic, a service of SOHS’ Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD), is the only HBCU-based mobile clinic in the nation. Earlier this year, thanks to $170,294 grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Rams Know H.O.W. Mobile Clinic began expanded services at locations in East Winston.
“This unit will increase the capacity of our students, faculty and staff in addressing the needs of more local residents,” said Peggy Valentine, dean of the School of Health Sciences at WSSU. “We expect to surpass our current record of reaching 1,000 local residence each year by adding this unit.”
The second mobile clinic has two exam rooms and will offer expanded services, said Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, executive director of CEEHD.
Since its launched in 2011, the WSSU mobile clinic has served nearly 10,000 uninsured or underinsured residents. Services are provided by faculty, staff and students from WSSU’s School of Health Sciences. CEEHD partners with United Health Centers and Southside Discount Pharmacy on services.
The ribbon cutting, which immediately followed the SOHS Spring Pinning Ceremony, was attended by WSSU administrators, trustees, faculty and staff, as well as officials from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, United Health Centers, Novant Health and Southside Discount Pharmacy.
WSSU’s School of Health Sciences is an ethnically diverse school that embraces health equity in education, research and service. Signature programs include master of science in occupational therapy, clinical doctoral degrees in nursing and physical therapy, and a bridge to the Ph.D. in nursing with Duke University.
About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.