(ATHENS, Ohio — April 15, 2015) Community Health Programs at Ohio
University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will roll out
its new mobile clinic on Thursday, April 30, and the campus
community is invited to attend.
For more than 20 years, health
professionals and students from the Heritage College have traveled
throughout rural and underserved communities in southeastern Ohio in
mobile clinics, bringing free and reduced-cost medical services to
thousands of people who might otherwise go without.
On April 30 members of the OHIO and Athens community are invited
to learn more about one of the Heritage College’s most important
medical outreach tools when Community Health Programs celebrates the
rollout of its new 40-foot mobile clinic. The new unit is replacing
one of Community Health Programs’ two existing mobile clinics and is
made possible by the generous financial support of the Osteopathic
Heritage Foundation and its gift to the college, “Vision 2020:
Leading the Transformation of Primary Care,” with additional support
from the Susan G. Komen Columbus.
“We are so proud of the work our Community Health Programs do,
day in and day out, to keep people healthy in our part of the state,
and so grateful to the funders who have helped make it possible for
us to get this terrific new mobile clinic,” said Heritage College
Executive Dean Ken Johnson, D.O. “When you get as much use out of
vehicles as we do with these units, sooner or later you need to
replace them. But I’m sure the mobile clinic crews can’t wait to
start putting miles on the new one, bringing health care to people
all over southern Ohio.”
The rollout event will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside
Baker University Center in Athens, with remarks scheduled for noon.
Invited guests include state and federal officials, physicians,
nurses, friends and supporters. This will be a day to recognize
important health care work being done in the region, thank funders
who help make it possible, see the new mobile unit up close, learn
more about Community Health Programs, and meet some of the people
who keep the rolling clinics on the road. Popcorn and snow-cones
will be provided.
Custom-built for Community Health Programs by Columbus-based
Lifeline Mobile Inc., the clinic has 325 square feet of usable
space, with two exam rooms and slide-out sections that add space for
a patient education area and a waiting room.
Powered by a low-emission, high-performance diesel engine, the
new mobile clinic boasts a state-of-the-art electronic automatic
transmission, a commercial-grade heating/air conditioning system for
improved infection control, anti-lock air brakes, and special noise
and vibration eliminators throughout the vehicle.
The Heritage College has been using mobile units to provide
health care in the field since 1994. The units offer more than 170
clinics annually at accessible locations such as churches, community
centers, and schools, providing millions of dollars’ worth of
services to thousands of patients.
The mobile clinics provide free medical clinics for people with
little or no health insurance; free breast cancer screenings; free
childhood immunizations; free blood pressure, glucose and
cholesterol checks; and physicals for student athletes and school
bus drivers. Over the years, the program has given an estimated
The mobile units are staffed by volunteer physicians, a certified
nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and an assistant coordinator.
Crews also often include an AmeriCorps volunteer or a Heritage
College medical student, making them rolling classrooms as well as
health care facilities.
Community Health Programs travels regularly into 14 southern Ohio
counties – an area of more than 6,800 square miles that is home to
more than half a million people. In 2014, Community Health Programs
staffers traveled nearly 11,000 miles around the region providing
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is a
leader in training dedicated primary care physicians who are
prepared to address the most pervasive medical needs in the state
and the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Heritage College alumni
practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio.
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