Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College. Meharry was chartered separately in 1915 and over its history has produced a large percentage of Black physicians who practice in the United States. In addition to medical, dental, and master of public health degrees, Meharry is also a leading producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds. in biomedical sciences. The school publishes the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
Now the medical school is taking its act on the road. The school recently introduced the Meharry Medical College Mobile Clinic. The mobile clinic will allow Meharry dentists and physicians to reach underserved populations in remote parts of Tennessee where obtaining health care is a challenge. The 65-foot trailer includes five treatment bays and maintains its own generator.
When introducing the mobile clinic to the public, James E.K. Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College said the “spirit of Meharry is now going on the road.” The clinic, he said, will be “giving people who much need it the care they’ve not been getting.”