MHCA - Newsletter - Spring Edition
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Shaping the Future of Mobile Healthcare

Eleventh Annual Mobile Health Clinics Forum
Join fellow practitioners this fall for the nation's only convening to promote leadership in mobile health!  Hear from keynote speakers on social determinants in health: Dr. Gail Christopher, VP of Policy, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Bethany Johnson-Javois, Managing Director, Ferguson Commission. Explore best practices in managing mobile health programs. Participants will be able to network with fellow mobile clinic providers as well as participate in general sessions, discipline-specific breakout sessions and various workshops and tour the latest in mobile health vehicles. To register, click here.
Meet us in St. Louis September 25-28!
Mobile Clinics Are a Great Way to Deliver Care had a stellar article featuring a few of MHCA's member organizations including Harvard's Family Van and Callen Lorde on the importance and reach of mobile health clinics.  The author concludes that:
     Mobilizing primary and preventive care is a simple and obvious idea. It is not a radical concept. It’s already done across the country, just not done enough. These methods have been shown to be efficient, both qualitatively and in dollars saved.
For the full article, click here
Oregon Enacts Bill Increasing Mobile Clinic Access; Interview with Rep. Cedric Hayden, mobile dentist  
Oregon State Representative Cedric Hayden not only proposed a bill allowing mobile health clinics in Oregon greater access to provide care, it's the main reason he decided to run for office in the first place. Coming from a family of dentists, he wanted to find a way to provide free care in rural Oregon, but encountered a lot of obstacles from local municipalities because although his vehicles were up to state code, each municipality had different standards. He wound up being able to build and start a mobile clinic in Micronesia in six months, and was convinced there had to be a solution. 

The bill he sponsored, HB 3139, recently passed both houses and was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on May 27. MHCA members from OHSU's Casey Eye Institute and Medical Teams International, alongside corporate members ADI, were at the signing. Click here to read a copy of the bill. 

Please visit our website for the full interview and a copy of our press statement on the bill signing.
First in the Nation Cancer Survivor Mobile Clinic Launches 
MHCA member Moncrief Cancer Institute and UT Southwestern partnered to launch a novel cancer survivor mobile clinic that will serve 15,000 underserved and under-insured cancer survivors in north Texas. The unit contains a 3D mammography unit, exercise equipment for personal training, and secure telemedicine links to provide patients followup care. The 75 foot vehicle received a lot of local news coverage. Congratulations!
Nepalese Survivors Receive Treatment from Mobile Clinics
The World Health Organization writes about how Nepalese earthquake survivors are receiving post-traumatic mental health care from mobile clinics: "With just one psychiatric hospital in the country, mobile teams allow mental health workers to reach those in need in Kathmandu and in more remote districts."
About 10% of the 500 patients seen daily at a temporary clinic outside of Kathmandu are reporting mental health issues, and the numbers are rising. therapists have been able to calm children by teaching them breathing techniques. 
How Mobile Clinics Can Help Identify Blood Disorders Amongst Women and Girls
Mobile health clinics are an effective tool for screening populations for previously undetected conditions, including  HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and diabetes. And since bleeding  disorders in women and girls often  go undiagnosed, the Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders (FWGBD) is working to make mobile health professionals aware of the signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders, as well as providing them  with training and risk assessment tools that identify symptoms will ensure that more undiagnosed women get proper diagnosis and treatment.  

In 2010, the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders (FWGBD) was launched to serve as a single-site, single-source of information for physicians and healthcare providers. The mission of FWGBD is to ensure that all women and girls with blood disorders are correctly diagnosed and optimally treated and managed at every life stage.  Find out more at

For the full article, please visit the website here.                            
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MHCA Member Updates

Welcome New Members
Affinia Healthcare (St. Louis, MO)                               
Atrium Medical Center (Middletown, OH)                                   
Child Mind Institute (New York, NY)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)                
Commuuity Health Care Clinic (Normal, IL)              
Community Healthcare Network (New York, NY)                                   
Entira Incorporated (Dallas, TX)                         
Eye Care Charity of Mid-Am (Chesterfield, MO)              
Gateway to Oral Health Foundation (St. Louis, MO)          
Hospice of McDowell County (Marion, NC)                                                
International Community Health Services (Seattle, WA)
Kentucky Cancer Program (Louisville, KY)
Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc. (New York, NY) 
MODA Health (Wilson, OR)
Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinic (Buckley, WA)
New Alternatives for Children (New York, NY)
Roads to Health (Virginia Beach, VA
St. Christopher's Foundation for Health (Philadelphia, PA)
St. Mary's Medical Center (San Francisco, CA)
Sutter Health/ Central Valley (Modesto, CA)
The Father's House (Vacaville, CA)

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