AARP Community Challenge Grantee – the Town of Summerton

The grant will be used to build and run our “Cross My Heart Free Mobile Clinic.”

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(Summerton, SC) – The Town of Summerton is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant.  We are one of only 233 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this “quick action” grant, students will design, build, and staff a mobile clinic that will bring healthcare to residents’ doors.  The Cross My Heart Free Mobile Clinic will be led by a Nurse Practitioner and a rotation of student nurses from Midlands Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, and U of SC College of Nursing have been invited to staff the self-contained clinic.

“We are incredibly excited to support the Town of Summerton as they work to bring improved access to health services for the town’s residents. The Cross My Heart Free Mobile Clinic is a promising idea we hope will jumpstart long-term change,” shared Teresa Arnold, AARP South Carolina State Director. “Our goal at AARP South Carolina is to support the efforts of our communities to be great places for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to live, work, retire and enjoy their lives.”

These partners will provide primary healthcare services to Clarendon County residents who have limited or no access to medical services, which will help improve the overall health and wellness of the people of Summerton.  With a population of just under 1,000 residents, the Cross My Heart Free Mobile Clinic will offer much-needed access to a wide variety of health services, which also will be a very effective way to help reach patients who forgo preventative care because they can’t afford it.

“The Town of Summerton is extremely proud that AARP selected us to receive this grant,” stated Cedric Liqueur, Development Director for the Town of Summerton.  “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”

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