Carle Mobile Health Clinic brings care close to home for more Champaign-Urbana community members

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic began serving the Champaign-Urbana community in August of 2018 and in a few short months has become a critical piece of the Carle service continuum.

 

The Mobile Health Clinic launched just prior to the one-year anniversary of the Healthy Beginnings initiative introduction. Healthy Beginnings in-home nursing services connects under-resourced pregnant women with nurses and other support services to provide care throughout the prenatal and postnatal time. As major strategic endeavors of the Community Health Initiatives department, these services provide tangible solutions for challenges many low-income community members encounter as they work toward self-sufficiency.

 

“Both the Mobile Health Clinic and Healthy Beginnings are designed to meet those in need where they are,” said Jonathan Woods, MSN, executive director for Community Health Initiatives. “With the support of Carle leadership, our teams have been able to help make consistent health care a reality for communities that did not have access before. Everyone deserves quality healthcare and the Mobile Health Clinic is going to expand our ability to serve more community members.”

Carle Mobile Health Clinic interior

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic began serving the Champaign-Urbana community in August of 2018 and in a few short months has become a critical piece of the Carle service continuum.

 

The Mobile Health Clinic launched just prior to the one-year anniversary of the Healthy Beginnings initiative introduction. Healthy Beginnings in-home nursing services connects under-resourced pregnant women with nurses and other support services to provide care throughout the prenatal and postnatal time. As major strategic endeavors of the Community Health Initiatives department, these services provide tangible solutions for challenges many low-income community members encounter as they work toward self-sufficiency.

 

“Both the Mobile Health Clinic and Healthy Beginnings are designed to meet those in need where they are,” said Jonathan Woods, MSN, executive director for Community Health Initiatives. “With the support of Carle leadership, our teams have been able to help make consistent health care a reality for communities that did not have access before. Everyone deserves quality healthcare and the Mobile Health Clinic is going to expand our ability to serve more community members.”

 

Since launching, clinic staff have partnered closely with community leaders, neighborhood associations and non-profits in the most underserved areas of Champaign-Urbana to target where to facilitate visits and reach the most people. Originally, the team made weekly stops at Jericho Missionary Church and multiple other locations to assist in school physicals. Now stops include these locations as well as the Salt and Light Urbana office, Church of the Living God and the Illinois WorkNet Building.

 

Mobile Health Clinic services include:

  • Connections to primary care & other community resources

  • Chronic condition screening & education

  • Treatment of acute illness

  • Basic wellness care & assessments

  • School/preschool physicals & immunizations

  • Basic lab testing

  • Referrals and Applications for Social Services

  • Addressing the root causes of health concerns facing our community

 

“We have seen insured patients, under-insured patients and non-insured patients. Our flexibility in changing a few of the parameters of our program to meet the need in that moment has been fantastic,” said Lynn Ullestad, RN, Air Life and Specialty Transport director. “We have changed the location of our clinic to serve the needs of the neighborhood. I love that a few things we thought were going to work didn’t and some of the things that we thought would never work, do.”

 

The Carle Mobile Health Clinic is in the community three days a week and plans to continue expanding its schedule to see more patients in the future. Visit carle.org/mobilehealthclinic to learn more.

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