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Mobile health clinics coming to rural Alabama

Great State
Great State


Mobile health clinics are headed to rural parts of Alabama.

These health centers on wheels are run by the local nonprofit Great State Alabama. The organization focuses on uplifting underserved communities. They think rural Alabamians don’t have enough access to specialized healthcare.

Daniel Sparkman is the Executive Director of Great State Alabama. He explained why his organization is bringing its health clinics to rural Alabama. 


“A lot of folks in the rural parts of the state just ignore problems that they have, don’t go see doctors, because it’s just too far to travel. Medical care in underserved parts of the state is a great need across Alabama,” he said. 


Great State Alabama was founded by former governor and certified dermatologist Dr. Robert Bentley. Sparkman said it was natural for the organization to start its efforts with dermatology services. 


“The dermatology care across our state is very sparse, so we’re taking clinics into rural parts of the state and offering completely free services to residents out in rural areas,” he said. 


Great State is holding its next mobile clinic in Hackleburg on April 23. They’re asking Alabamians to submit suggestions to for where they should travel next.

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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