On Aug. 12, 2023, the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing officially unveiled its new mobile clinic, known as Minerva’s Mobile Health, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on UNCG’s campus.
“Now, with Minerva’s Mobile Health, we will be bringing our School of Nursing students, faculty, and staff to rural and underserved communities to make a remarkable, real-world impact,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “Our collective goal is simple: serve our neighbors by providing health care while educating tomorrow’s nurses with hands-on lifesaving skills – right in the communities that need them most.”
Minerva’s Mobile Health was made possible thanks to funding that the School of Nursing, in partnership with Cone Health, received last year from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The HRSA grant is for $3.7 million over four years.
Students in UNCG’s bachelor of science in nursing program, as well as nurse practitioner students in the graduate program, will get clinical experiences in the mobile health unit and at pop-up clinics eventually in six counties – Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham.
Read more about the ribbon-cutting ceremony here.
How we got here
Mission Mobile Medical, a Greensboro-based mobile health clinic manufacturer, transformed a Thor A.C.E. motorhome into a mobile health unit for the School of Nursing. A team of carpenters, electricians, fabricators, and technicians converted the RV into a mobile clinic in less than 150 days, adding an exam room, a waiting area for patients, a bathroom, and a wheelchair lift for anyone with mobility challenges. Read more about the here.