TNews: University of Alabama, Pickens County explore health partnership

The University of Alabama, Pickens County and its medical center are in the early stages of planning for a partnership meant to provide sustainable health care for the rural county and “real world” training for UA students from a variety of colleges.

Students in medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, psychology and health education — and potentially students from other colleges — would gain practical experience from internships and other learning opportunities in Pickens County, said Richard Streiffer, dean of UA’s College of Community and Health Sciences. The rural county would gain additional health care resources.