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.
In the United States breast cancer is the most common type among women after skin cancer, and is second only to lung cancer in related deaths. Thirteen percent of women nationwide will develop an invasive form of breast cancer in their lifetime. However, breast cancer mortality rate has been declining over the past 30 years due to an increase in awareness for the need to have regular mammography screenings and the advancements in treatment. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), women at least 40 years old should get a mammogram annually, even if they are otherwise in good health, with other sources suggesting a maximum age of 50 years old.
If you only have 5 percent of the healthcare market in your service area, imagine if you edged up just 1 point to 6 percent. That is 20 percent growth for your FQHC or hospital. Consider a mid-sized hospital system with $350 million in revenues, that 20 percent growth is a significant $70 million.
Mobile Medical Units, often referred to as Mobile Health Clinics or MHCs, provide innovative and flexible healthcare delivery to vulnerable, rural, urban and generally underserved populations. Though often misunderstood, and sometimes not fully utilized, mobile health units can provide continuity of care in a number of ways, including:
Mobile health care units are medical offices on wheels. In many cases they are used to serve the underprivileged, homeless and those with behavioral health disorders. Those that are disenfranchised in these ways can often receive basic health care on a mobile medical unit at no charge, or are helped to connect with available health insurance. These mobile medical units travel to multiple locations to serve rural and urban populations, typically helping those who are homeless and do not have insurance.
Dental professionals are continually looking for ways to improve outcomes and better serve their communities. Many consider how mobile dental health units may help in these endeavors and want to ensure their program will succeed.