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Mobile Clinics Fill Critical Gaps in Care. Our Communities Need Them Now More Than Ever.

By Mollie Williams, DrPH, MPH Over the last three decades, the number of mobile health clinics operating in the U.S. has grown exponentially. These doctors' offices on ...

Funding the Future of Health Care

Stewart Hudson, Executive Director of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, sits down with Mollie Williams to discuss how foundations and individual donors can advance health equity and build ...
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Understanding Social Vulnerability: Insights for mobile healthcare providers

By Hilary Adeleke, Harvard College Social Vulnerability Index Social vulnerability measures a community's risk for negative health outcomes from external stressors, like natural disasters and disease outbreaks. ...
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HEALTH LEADERS: Address your toughest care gaps with mobile health clinics

Healthcare organizations looking to connect with underserved populations on their own turf—literally—are taking a closer look at mobile health clinics. Roughly 2,000 mobile health clinics exist around the country, ...
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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: County mobile WIC clinic will help families access essential services

Allegheny County’s newly launched mobile clinic is an encouraging example of flexible and compassionate healthcare and government services outreach. The clinic, built out from a Ford 350 ...

Building Trust During Challenging Times: Part III

Jeri L. Andrews of CareSouth Carolina on how mobile clinics fill gaps in care for people of all ages Over the last several weeks, we’ve chatted with ...

THE POST AND COURIER: Mobile health expanding across the US, may offer option for rural and underserved SC

Mobile health care provided by clinics on wheels has expanded across the country and might be an option for critical services like prenatal care in rural and ...
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Building trust during challenging times, Part II

Dr. Anthony Vavasis on how mobile clinics connect underserved communities with the care they need. For Part Two of our series on building trust, we sat down ...
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How mobile clinics can support eye health

By Kathleen Eng, Harvard Medical School, MD candidate Eye health is a growing public health concern, but nearly half of vision problems are either preventable or treatable. ...
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Building trust during challenging times, Part I

Interview by Mollie Williams, DrPH, MPH Dr. Angel Coaston on how mobile clinics build trust and connect marginalized communities with the care they need. Recent headlines around the ...
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How mobile clinics play an important role in solving America’s labor shortage

By Mollie Williams, DrPH, MPH Download this article as a PDF Treating and preventing substance use disorder (SUD) with trustworthy, judgment-free mobile healthcare gets people back to ...
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Join us October 26 for the Impact + Evaluation Special Interest Group

Mobile Health Map is proud to co-host the Evaluation + Impact Special Interest Group with the Mobile Healthcare Association. We aim to help mobile health clinics make ...

Mapping trends: How mobile clinics spot emerging issues in public health, from major U.S. cities to America’s rural towns

By Mollie Williams, DrPH, MPH, Harvard Medical School Public health crises like the recent COVID-19 pandemic underscore the importance of identifying emerging health issues and responding quickly ...
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MILITARY.COM: VA Mobile Medical Clinics to Serve Homeless Veterans in 25 Cities

Homeless and at-risk veterans in central Florida will soon have easier access to medical care through a new program that brings a clinic to them. The Department of ...
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AP: Abstinence not required: How a Baltimore drug treatment program prioritizes saving lives

Baltimore's "Healthcare on the Spot" program aims to address the city's alarming overdose death rate by offering mobile treatment for substance abuse. The focus is on harm ...

Sign up for Mobile Health Map to evaluate your impact and increase your mobile clinic’s visibility

Are you a mobile healthcare provider looking for an easy way to evaluate your impact, share it with stakeholders, and increase your visibility? If so, our free ...
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On your mobile clinic’s dashboard: Health promoting strategies

by Tyler LeComer, Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate On Mobile Health Map, users create their own dashboards – visual displays of their data. The dashboard provides mobile ...
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Sex and gender: Moving beyond the binary

By Julia Beatini, Harvard Medical School, MD candidate Mobile Health Map recently changed how we collect data about the gender of people served by mobile clinics. Read ...

On your mobile clinic’s dashboard: Effective and efficient care

by William Zhuo-Ming Li, Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate On Mobile Health Map, users create their own dashboards – visual displays of their data. The dashboard provides ...

NPR: Clinics on wheels bring doctors and dentists to health care deserts

Nearly 12 years ago, a nonprofit centered on substance abuse prevention in Lyon County, Nev., broadened its services to dental care. Leaders with the Healthy Communities Coalition ...

Join us at the 2023 Annual Rural Health Conference

Download the slides Please join us at the largest meeting of rural health experts and advocates, May 16 - 19, 2023 in San Diego. Our Executive Director, ...
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So what? Who cares? How to ensure your evaluation results are useful

So what? Who cares? These are the two most important questions you can ask yourself before evaluating your mobile clinic's programs. On Thursday, February 16, we hosted ...

On your mobile clinic’s dashboard: Equity

When you sign up for Mobile Health Map, you can create your own dashboards – visual displays of your data. The dashboards provide you actionable insights and ...

What is the public health quality check-up tool?

Joining Mobile Health Map gives you access to this free, easy-to-use tool to evaluate your public health quality. Read this post by Tyler LeComer, MD Candidate at ...
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How much does it cost to run a mobile clinic?

When starting in a mobile clinic, planning and budgeting is crucial. In the beginning, the focus may be on purchasing the mobile medical unit, but it's important ...

USA Today: L.A.’s state of emergency on homelessness: How a street medicine team is treating patients in a unique way

Healthcare In Action, a mobile unit with nurses, doctors and a therapist, are helping dozens of unhoused patients get back on their feet. Here's how. Read full article
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Mobile health care and LGBTQ+ communities: A look behind the letters

Many mobile clinics care for LGBTQ+ communities delivering trustworthy, convenient, compassionate care. Mobile Health Map recently updated the language on our website from LGBT to LGBTQ+. Read ...

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: PA has set aside $10 million to expand the state’s mobile clinic units

If the patient doesn’t come to the clinic, bring the clinic to the patient. That’s the mission behind a new $10 million infusion of federal money, set ...
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American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Making the Case for Mobile

Making the Case for Mobile: How mobile clinics can advance health equity and align with healthcare organizations’ business objective presented at the 2022 American Public Health Association ...
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REPORT: How mobile clinics lower costs and generate revenue for health care organizations

How do mobile clinics reduce costs? The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked innovation in health care delivery, including new and expanded use of mobile clinics. In addition, the ...
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Become the in-house expert for your mobile clinic’s planning and evaluation efforts

Did you know that our Executive Director, Mollie Williams, recently co-authored the 5th edition of the highly respected textbook Health Program Planning and Evaluation? If you want ...
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POLITICO: Care is coming — on wheels

Health care is getting more nimble as providers repurpose Covid vaccination vans for new needs. President Joe Biden this week signed a bill into law — dubbed the MOBILE ...
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STAT: ‘People count on it’: In Boston, a mobile clinic meets health needs in the neighborhood

BOSTON — By 9 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, the bright blue, colorfully branded van was already parked on a street in the Boston neighborhood of ...
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MedCity News: Access to healthcare isn’t enough, we must build community trust

by Mollie Williams, Executive Director, Mobile Health Map at Harvard Medical School Mobile health clinics are particularly effective in facilitating access to health care for marginalized groups. ...

HealthLeaders: Redefining Care Delivery with Mobile Health Clinics

Healthcare organizations are realizing that some services need to be brought to the consumer, rather than waiting for that person to visit a doctor. And they're using ...
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Healthcare Dive: Abortion clinics go mobile, seeking flexibility amid patchwork state restrictions

Advocates are hoping the mobile clinic model will accelerate access to abortions, especially for those in states where the procedure is outlawed. Dozens of states have stripped ...
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Modern Healthcare: Mobile health clinics can improve the bottom line

The use of mobile clinics is a cost-effective way for health systems to build trust and support in underserved communities, according to a new report. “I think ...
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Using Public Data to Predict Demand for Mobile Health Clinics

Publication: Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Artificial Intelligence Improving health equity is an urgent task for our society. The advent ...
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Newsweek: Plans to Help Underserved Communities Will Fail Without New Forms of Community Engagement | Opinion

The American health care system, battered by two-plus years of COVID-19, staff burnout and declining public trust, could be forgiven for a period of retrenchment and nostalgia ...
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AARP: Advances in Mobile Medical Care Aid Older Adults, Caregivers

Experts expect an 'explosion' of interest in in-home services, but the availability of skilled workers may hamper growth. Enter mobile medical care for older adults. A revolution ...
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“Road to Empathy”: A Qualitative Exploratory Study of Trainee Experiences on a Mobile Health Clinic

Publication: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved Mobile health clinics often deliver care in medically underserved communities and train student volunteers to support service ...
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Mobile health clinic model in the COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned and opportunities for policy changes and innovation

Publication: International Journal for Equity in Health Mobile clinics represent an untapped resource for our health care system. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated its limitations. Mobile health ...

The Harvard Gazette: Mobile clinics finding their place in pandemic

With New York City hospitals already becoming overwhelmed and the expectation that health centers nationwide will soon follow suit, what place do mobile health clinics have in ...
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Mobile health clinics in the United States

Publication: International Journal for Equity in Health Mobile Health Map is the only comprehensive database of mobile clinics in the United States. The authors of this research ...
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The scope and impact of mobile health clinics in the United States: A literature review

Publication: International Journal for Equity in Health As the U.S. healthcare system transforms its care delivery model to increase healthcare accessibility and improve health outcomes, it is ...
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Preventative health, diversity, and inclusion: A qualitative study of client experience aboard a mobile health clinic in Boston, Massachusetts

Publication: International Journal for Equity in Health Mobile health clinics are an innovative way to deliver care to vulnerable populations. They are a creative solution for reaching ...
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Commentary: A novel approach to community needs assessment

Publication: Journal of Healthcare Communications Mobile health clinics are an innovative way to deliver care to vulnerable populations. They are a creative solution for reaching people were ...
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Celebrating 25 years of transforming care delivery

Publication: Journal of Healthcare Communications This commentary explores The Family Van, a mobile health clinic originally founded by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and now a ...
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Mobilizing a narrative of generosity: Patient experiences on an urban mobile health clinic

Publication: Communication Quarterly Mobile health clinics address the health needs of underserved populations by bringing healthcare to patients’ communities. Mobile health clinics find unique ways to treat ...
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Leveraging the social determinants of health: What works?

Publication: PLoS One Social determinants of health have taken center stage in recent health policy discussions. This study reviews the recent peer-reviewed literature about the impact of ...
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Developing Citizen Designers

The aim of Developing Citizen Designers is to enable students, educators and designers in the early stages of their careers to learn and practice design in a ...
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The Emerging Business Models and Value Proposition of Mobile Health Clinics

Publication: American Journal of Accountable Care Mobile health clinics are increasingly used to deliver healthcare to urban and rural populations. An estimated 2000 vehicles in the United ...
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Mobile health clinics in the era of reform

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care Mobile clinics are an integral part of the health care system with over 1500 clinics delivering quality care to vulnerable populations; ...
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Mobile clinic in Massachusetts associated with cost savings from lowering blood pressure and emergency department use

Publication: Health Affairs Mobile clinics have increased in usage but understanding of their impact and cost-effectiveness is still limited. This research examines 5,900 patients who visited The ...
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Knowledgeable neighbors: A mobile clinic model for disease prevention and screening in underserved communities

The Family Van mobile health clinic uses a “Knowledgeable Neighbor” model to deliver cost-effective screening and prevention activities in underserved neighborhoods in Boston, MA. This report describes ...
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Calculating the return on investment of mobile healthcare

Publication: BMC Medicine Mobile health clinics offer alternative sources of care for people who face barriers to accessing the traditional healthcare system due to trust, language, immigration ...