Mobile Health Outreach Ministry
For the first time, St. Vincent’s HealthCare is proud to receive the Sapphire Award from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) Foundation. The Sapphire Awards recognizes excellence and innovation among organizations, programs and individuals that have made a significant positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida’s at-risk people and communities. The awards honor outstanding individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community healthcare or healthcare related fields, whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health.
St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry (MHOM) began in 1991 providing acute and preventive medical care to those who are medically underserved in Northeast Florida, by bringing fully staffed doctors-offices-on-wheels to the neighborhoods where its services are needed most.
The MHOM primarily focuses on three areas where the underserved, uninsured and underinsured are most prevalent in our region:
- The Rural Outreach Ministry serves the very poor men and women who work in the agricultural fields of Putnam and St. John’s Counties. This includes the African-American farm workers and the Hispanic migrant workers and their children.
- The Urban Outreach Ministry reaches out to the working poor, the homeless, and their families within the urban neighborhoods of Duval County, as well as Clay and Nassau Counties.
- The Pediatric Outreach Ministry provides children and adolescents, attending 24 middle and high schools in Duval County’s Full Service Schools with access to medical care.
St. Vincent’s MHOM is the only mobile provider of free acute and preventive medical care in the Northeast Florida region. Because of the MHOM, thousands who would otherwise have no access to healthcare are beneficiaries of expert, compassionate medical care, disease management, and preventive health education.
The MHOM successfully promotes prevention through health screenings and education throughout the Northeast Florida region. Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, flu shots, immunizations and school physicals are examples of preventive services provided through MHOM. Medical needs range from detecting and treating chronic illnesses like asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and cardio-vascular conditions, to common ailments like respiratory infections, nutritional problems, and hearing, vision and dental issues.
The data below is an excellent indicator of the importance of the free medical services that were provided by St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Program between July 2011 and June 2012.
- More than 28,000 free adult and pediatric patient services were provided, including patient visits, health screenings and case management, as well as outreach services such as delivering food, clothing and critically important medications to the needy. Included among those services:
- Over 4,400 patient visits and case management were completed through our Rural Outreach Ministry.
- Over 4,900 patient visits and case management were provided by the Urban Outreach Ministry (Duval, Clay and Nassau).
- Over 9,300 patient visits and case management were provided through the Pediatric Outreach Ministry which includes 2820 school and sports physicals and 1,604 immunizations.
- More than 3,600 nutritional and dietary services that include classes, counseling and fitness training have been provided to children helping to reduce obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease associated.
St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach makes medical care possible for those in Northeast Florida who cannot afford it and provides preventive health care that effectively changes lives. St. Vincent’s relies upon the generosity of our donors to continue delivering these critically important health services to the poor and disadvantaged in our community.
For more information on the Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, call 904-308-7911.