Pediatric Mobile Health Unit

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Not every child who needs medical care makes it in to St. Bernard. That’s why St. Bernard reaches out to them. Our Pediatric Mobile Health Unit travels to Englewood-area schools, day care centers and health fairs to provide children with the care they need where they can access it.

Many low-income families on the South Side of Chicago lack access to affordable health care. As a result, children in these households go without routine preventive care. This also means these children aren’t receiving the necessary immunizations and physical examinations for school. To fight this issue, St. Bernard Hospital brings free services directly to children with its Pediatric Mobile Health Unit. Since 2003, the Unit has operated with the goals of improving access to high-quality preventive care for medically needy children throughout Englewood, West Englewood and surrounding communities on the South Side of Chicago; providing health and wellness education for children and families; and linking patients with specialized health and social support services.

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The Pediatric Mobile Health Unit is a 40-foot clinic on wheels that has a waiting room, intake area, and examination room. Children receive health education as they wait for appointments through videos and literature. The staff meets with each child to discuss their health and ways to stay healthy. The Mobile Unit partners with Chicago Public Schools, Head Start programs and preschools to provide immunizations, physical exams, lead testing for children less than 6 years of age, and health education.

Children are briefly excused from class to receive care and must have a parent’s or guardian’s approval. If we discover a medical issue we can’t resolve at our mobile clinic, we refer the child to the appropriate physician.

Over the last three years, the immunization compliance rate at 32 out of the regularly accessed 42 schools the Mobile Unit visits has been at 90%. From March 31, 2014 through April 10, 2015, the Mobile Unit provided 1,966 school physicals, 536 sports physicals, 2,183 immunizations, and 2,088 iron tests to check for anemia.

For more information about our Pediatric Mobile Health Unit or to schedule a Mobile Unit visit, call (773) 962-3922.