Mobile Health Clinic Response to the SARS-CoV-19/COVID-19 pandemic

Webinar
On Tuesday March 31st, 2020, a webinar involving dozens of mobile clinics discussed the effects of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and how mobile health clinics found ways to respond.

A recording of the webinar can be found here

Responses
Mobile Health Clinics have responded in a number of ways. Some highlights are listed here:

  • COVID-19 testing
  • Continuing regular services
  • Food delivery/ supplies delivery
  • ER triage for COVID-19 or ED diversion
  • Pharmacy mobile
  • Telecare/Telehealth
  • Facebook live meeting with clients
  • Wellness baby immunization/ Well-baby visits

One clinic is using their van to administer COVID-19 testing. They are responding using the following methods:

  • The call center screens callers using a standardized form check list.
  • If a person meets criteria they are given a unique number and an appointment time to arrive at the drive through testing site. The person is then screened again in their car. Nurses (LPN’s and RN’s) are performing the swab and wears PPEs consisting of a gown, gloves, mask, eye protection (goggles or face shield) lots of wipes and hand sanitizer. No patients are entering our mobile units, only our staff who are processing the swabs.

Polling Results
At the beginning of the webinar, a poll was conducted to determine the distribution of responses mobile health clinics were utilizing in response to the crisis. Poll results are listed in PDF format below:
https://www.mobilehealthmap.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Mobile%20Health%20Clinic%20Response%20to%20COVID19_Official%20Poll%20Results_3.31.20.pdf

Further information:
Recording of the webinar
https://harvard.zoom.us/rec/play/7pEpcOus_Wg3S93HsgSDUacoW9Tue6Os1nUa-PEInh6yAnMCYwalZOYSauarDo2lS4YXm12P3EjfWIWC?startTime=1585672388000&_x_zm_rtaid=wSQ4i35zTEiTosBj42GczA.1585958723859.30b2a31d82410646550d011cc88145b3&_x_zm_rhtaid=401

More about Mobile Health Map
https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-020-1135-7

Covid-19 Health literacy Program
https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com/

Get the latest information from the CDC
https://www.coronavirus.gov

Stay updated with the latest research from the NIH
https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

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