As a nurse and professor at Penn State University, Mona Counts has many achievements to her name. But her most significant accomplishment is not in a hospital or on a college campus. It’s in the Appalachian Mountains……
In 1994, Mona saw that the poor, rural Appalachian community she lived in desperately needed healthcare. So Mona established the Primary Care Center of Mount Morris, a place that provides care for the Appalachian people in an effective, comfortable way and regardless of ability to pay. The center also has a mobile clinic that brings healthcare to those who can’t travel far. Mona’s selfless dedication to the center has helped it, even in difficult times, bring healthcare to people who greatly need it.
This video tells the story of Mona and the Primary Care Center of Mount Morris.
- Here is an article that tells all about Mona and her work helping the Appalachian community.
- Here is an article that tells more about Mona and her inspirational work.
Topics for Discussion:
- Why did Mona feel it was so important to open the Primary Care Center of Mount Morris?
- How do you think Mona feels about being able to use her skills to help others in such a significant way?
- Mona saw a need in her community and took action. What action can you take to help fill a need in your community?
- Visit the Christian Appalachian Project website to learn more about how you can help the Appalachian community.
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