Paula Watt at Mobile Health Clinic UnveilingWhat does it mean to have the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered, mobile health clinic? Well, that is just as good as being in the Guinness Book of World Records, I think?

But what does that mean for South Carolina, the state where this mobile health clinic is based…inside the land-grant institution Clemson University whose primary purpose is educating undergraduate and graduate students to think deeply about and engage in the social, scientific, economic, and professional challenges of our times. Well, improving the health of the underserved communities while providing a teaching experience for public health students…I think it fits rather nicely.

Dr. Paula Watt, Clemson University Sullivan Center director has been dreaming of the day when they could have a four wheel drive, solar powered clinic;  so they could serve rural communities primarily in Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. All of this while demonstrating to Clemson students the challenges in caring for the most vulnerable patients.

I had a chance to hear Paula’s passion and vision. I was able to talk with her about serving the underserved, the uninsured, the people who desperately need access to quality care. We also talked about serving and training the rising healthcare providers who are learning what it means to serve the populations of the future.

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