St. Charles, Virginia


After the 1975 health fair In St. Charles, Virginia, the local health council worked tirelessly to build a permanent clinic. By 1976, that clinic had opened to the public.  And over time, it grew into a network of 12 regional primary care clinics that serve over 20,000 people in rural southwestern Virginia.


1976 St. Charles Health Clinic, VA

A young film maker from the area, Herbe Smith, also a Vanderbilt student at the time, captured the work of the local health council in establishing a clinic for St. Charles, VA.


“The St. Charles Health Clinic” (19 mins, 53 secs)

Interviews with St. Charles community members and members of the Vanderbilt University Student Health Coalition about the need for local health care services and the successful efforts of both groups to make that happen. This program was videotaped for broadcast on cable television Channel 12 as part of the Broadside/Mountain Community Television initiative to provide locally produced public access television to southwestern Virginia.

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