Claire C. Ramsey, MD
Through her boundless energy and determination, Dr. Claire Ramsey has made a major contribution toward improving healthcare in rural Alabama. For decades Dr. Ramsey has been a driving force in advocating healthcare services for the adults and children in Washington County, Alabama. In the early 1970’s, Dr. Ramsey and her husband, Dr. Robert Ramsey, returned to Alabama and immediately began to address gaps in rural healthcare services. The Doctors Ramsey set up special clinics for disabled persons who were not receiving adequate care. “Dr. Claire” pioneered the development of the first day program for adults with mental retardation, a program which eventually offered residential services.
Dr. Ramsey became the chairperson of the home health advisory committee for Public Health and also worked to develop maternity care screenings to prevent disabilities. She was especially effective in working with local and state officials to obtain funding and services for persons with disabilities. Currently, Dr. Ramsey is supporting the UAB Rural Medicine Program by serving as a mentor for students, and by seeking funding for program scholarships.