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Mobile Outreach Clinic Brings Health Access to Community’s Vulnerable

With Funding Help from Southern Regional AHEC and NC AHEC

On Tuesday, August 24th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Fayetteville State University’s Southeastern NC Nursing Education and Research Center, celebrating “Bringing Care to the Community” and revealing the Beyond the Bedside Mobile Nursing Clinic. Its financial sponsor and FSU partner, TRUST, along with Clinical Site Development Grant funding from Southern Regional AHEC through the NC AHEC Program, helped to bring the mobile unit, housed within a retrofitted RV, to realization. Soon, the Bronco-blue-and-white mobile clinic, clad with the buoyant, bright artwork of FSU student Albert Bass, will travel to the areas of Cumberland County in most need, to meet the basic healthcare needs of our citizens. 

At the ceremony, FSU Chancellor Darrell T. Allison noted that the unit is a win/win for the campus and the community, especially during a pandemic. It offers an affordable solution to those who need healthcare, but do not have the transportation necessary to travel to their doctor’s office. The service also provides hands-on clinical experiences to nursing students attending FSU. “We celebrate this momentous occasion to further prove that we are doing what we said we would, by serving the citizens of Cumberland County”, he told the guests on Tuesday afternoon. “The people of our community will come to see this as a symbol of FSU’s example and service.”

Southern Regional AHEC is proud to be part of this important project that coincides with our organization’s mission to increase access to care while increasing the number and diversity of healthcare professionals in our region.