On Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, Dr. Garrett Adams, medical director of the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic and immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, gave a lecture at Sewanee entitled, “The Beersheba Clinic: How Bringing Health to Appalachia Helps Everyone.”

Adams’ lecture addressed the plight of America’s medically underserved, especially in Appalachia, and how America’s wealth inequality affects the nation’s health and society. It also addressed the positive effects a publicly funded national health program could have on our society as well as our national health.

Born in Nashville to a family that spent summers in Beersheba Springs, Adams is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he was recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer. He completed pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Colorado. In addition, he has a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, which recently recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Retired from the full-time faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he was chief of pediatric infectious diseases, Adams is the founder and medical director of the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, a not-for-profit, volunteer clinic in Grundy County (www.beershebaclinic.org).

During his 40-year career he attended to the health care needs of sick children and their families. He witnessed deterioration in health care access and delivery in the United States, and now works for health care reform as a member of Physicians for a National Health Program (www.PNHP.org). He is a founding member of PNHP-Kentucky, and a member of the national Board of PNHP.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace, Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-based Studies, Discover Together, Grundy County Board of Education Family Resource Center, Pathways to Health, South Cumberland Community Fund, South Cumberland Plateau Health Network, and the University of the South Office of Community Engagement.

View the video of Dr. Adams’s lecture here: http://vimeo.com/109759343