Mobile Health Clinic

First patient on the Mobile Health Clinic
Internal view of the Mobile Health Clinic
External view of the Mobile Health Clinic
Wheelchair lift on the Mobile Health Clinic in use

 

Background

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s technologically advanced Mobile Health Clinic is hitting the road to deliver medical and behavioral health services to the chronically homeless and other underserved adult patients in the county. The Mobile Health Clinic, under the oversight of the Health Care District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, will visit centers that serve the homeless. The goal is to increase access to preventative and primary care, mental health services and management of chronic conditions for those who do not traditionally seek health care. The custom-designed Mobile Health Clinic joins the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ network of nine Federally Qualified Health Center sites throughout Palm Beach County offering primary medical care, general and preventive dentistry, behavioral health and pharmacy services to adults and patients with or without insurance. The Mobile Health Clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health plans. Patients without health insurance pay on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income and are served regardless of their ability to pay. Scheduled and walk-in appointments are available.

 

Features and Services

  • Providing primary care services that include physicals, diabetes and colorectal cancer screenings, behavioral health services and more
  • ADA compliant with wheelchair-accessible bathroom
  • Hydraulic wheelchair lift
  • Serving patients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with scheduled visits primarily to centers that serve the homeless
  • Wireless access
  • Access to the District’s Electronic Health Record System
  • 38-foot custom-designed bus with two fully-equipped exam rooms with one hydraulic exam bed for bariatric patients
  • Consultation area
  • Able to serve up to four patients at once
  • Staffed by a team of four: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Nurse, and Driver/Registrar
  • Three TV monitors for patient education
  • Large electric retractable awning for shaded outreach efforts

 

Project Funding

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County funded the approximately $300,000 vehicle purchase, with support of $150,000 from the Quantum Foundation.

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