Driving Better Health
A medical clinic on wheels, Driving Better Health allows The Wright Center for Community Health to treat patients where they are in Northeast Pennsylvania – from traditionally underserved city neighborhoods to rural areas. The 34-foot vehicle includes two fully equipped exam areas, which can be used either for health care services or dental services. The vehicle also has a wheelchair lift. Since the time it was put into service in late 2020, Driving Better Health has repeatedly been deployed to area schools, senior living centers, homeless shelters and other community gathering spots.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided a $372,000 grant that enabled The Wright Center to acquire and outfit the custom-built vehicle, which initially served to help populations of special concern during the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding access to coronavirus testing and vaccines. It also has been successfully used in support of HRSA’s “Catch Up to Get Ahead” vaccination campaign, visiting dozens of area school districts to provide children with immunizations required to attend class and recommended for avoiding potential community outbreaks of preventable illnesses such as whooping cough and measles. Driving Better Health will continue to crisscross the region in the months and years ahead, providing a range of services. Staffed by a multidisciplinary, bilingual primary care team, the vehicle helps to improve health equity by breaking down barriers that historically have prevented certain groups from getting the high-quality health care they deserve.
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