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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mobile Health Center Brings Healthcare into New York Communities


Union Community Health Center Unveiled Its Mobile Health Center 



The program is an unprecedented, neighborhood-targeted, mobile medical and dental delivery infrastructure that serves to improve health outcomes for Bronx residents through direct services and health education. 

Focusing on the most vulnerable populations and those more likely to experience barriers to accessing health care, UCHCs dedicated mobile health team is estimated to engage 168 patients weekly throughout the Bronx, conducting 7728 care visits during the 46 week care year; enabling the Center to further provide comprehensive-high quality, affordable health care services without the boundaries associated with traditional brick and mortar settings. 

“There is no disputing that access to quality health care is a major determinant of overall health and wellness,” said Dr. Douglas York, CEO of Union Community Health Center. “The inability to access care impacts life expectancy, employment, and family dynamics. 

“The UCHC Mobile Health Fleet will now bring vital health care services directly to thousands of Bronx residents. Our goal has simply been to help to eliminate some of the existing barriers to accessing care.” 


Thanks to a $475,834.00 New York State Health Care Facility Transformation Grant UCHC received in 2017, the health center was able to bring that goal to fruition and invest in a program that will extend its reach to more schools, day care centers, public housing developments, homeless shelters and senior centers. 

The wheelchair accessible vehicle is equipped with the latest in mobile health technology including x-ray, and in addition to primary health care services, specialties services such as rheumatology, gastroenterology, podiatry and cardiology will also be offered. 

In line with UCHC’s collaborative care model, the mobile medical unit will integrate behavioral health services into each primary care visit, which has statistically proven successful in 
identifying undiagnosed depression in patients reluctant to seek care from mental health professionals and connecting them to treatment and care. 
The holistic integration of behavioral health services in a primary care setting has also proven effective in addressing the high rates of co-morbidity linked between mental health and chronic physical health conditions. 

“The UCHC Mobile Health Fleet will now bring vital health care services directly to thousands of Bronx residents. Our goal has simply been to help to eliminate some of the existing barriers to accessing care.” 

Thanks to a $475,834.00 New York State Health Care Facility Transformation Grant UCHC received in 2017, the health center was able to bring that goal to fruition and invest in a program that will extend its reach to more schools, day care centers, public housing developments, homeless shelters and senior centers.

The wheelchair accessible vehicle is equipped with the latest in mobile health technology including x-ray, and in addition to primary health care services, specialties services such as rheumatology, gastroenterology, podiatry and cardiology will also be offered. 

In line with UCHC’s collaborative care model, the mobile medical unit will integrate behavioral health services into each primary care visit, which has statistically proven successful in 
identifying undiagnosed depression in patients reluctant to seek care from mental health professionals and connecting them to treatment and care. 


The holistic integration of behavioral health services in a primary care setting has also proven effective in addressing the high rates of co-morbidity linked between mental health and chronic physical health conditions. 

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