With more than 2,000 on the road in the U.S. and performing 6-½ million visits annually mobile health clinics serve an important role in the health care system, providing care to some of the most vulnerable populations. Between 2007 and 2017 Mobile Health Map monitored 811 participating clinics to identify:
For decades mobile clinics are a relatively untapped resource for global healthcare. In 2020 and beyond, the COVID-19 pandemic exhibits the important role of mobile health clinic programs. They provide critical access to healthcare professionals, especially for disenfranchised communities. They serve to fill the gap as a safety-net in what is often a deficient healthcare infrastructure, reaching social and economically underserved populations in urban and rural areas.
It’s important for the health and safety of your community to keep your mobile health clinic operating during the COVID-19 health crisis. However, the confines of a mobile clinic can be perceived as a fearful environment for some health care providers and patients. To address these concerns advancements have been made in developing several methods to protect medical staff and the public while inside a mobile clinic.
Mobile Health Clinics around the world are being used for COVID-19 testing, from Poland and Latvia to Argentina and the U.K. Plus, all over the United States mobile clinics have been built specifically for testing. Or in many cases clinics normally used for dentistry or childhood immunizations have reconfigured and/or directly redeployed to test individuals for the novel coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. It is common knowledge that smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung diseases. The FDA states that almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, however fewer than half makes it past an attempt. Receiving guidance from a healthcare provider to quit is often the only way many people will make the attempt and follow through.
Mobile health clinics (MHCs) serve the entire range of at risk populations around the world; from disenfranchised African-Americans with diabetes - to the homeless - to children living in rural environments who lack health insurance - to indigenous communities - to isolated and impoverished people in the Middle East. Sometimes MHCs are the provider of last resort when mainstream healthcare fails to engender trust in a community or in areas where there are not any accessible health provider services.
In 2017, drug overdose deaths in the United States were more than 70,000, which is almost 200 per day. This was nearly a 10 percent increase from 2016.
Mobile dental clinics continually prove to be successful solutions for rural and urban populations where it’s difficult to provide adequate oral healthcare to the community. The benefits of mobile units not only serves to deliver much needed dental health, but also instills a sense of comfort and support to the community, knowing local institutions care about their health.