Community Mobile Healthcare & Wellness Program
Posted on April 20, 2020 at: 4:44 pm
In collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and Saint Francis representatives, PHC secured funding from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware to support a partnership with Saint Francis Healthcare mobile health van. The van enables faculty, staff and students to
support improvements in health outcomes in Wilmington’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, through Community Health Services Outreach.
The van is also devoted to community Health and Wellness Outreach (HWO). On HWO days the van visits sites identified in collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor Challenge, a public health initiative to address community health needs, promote healthy living choices and wellness. Site activities include physical and behavioral health screenings and education.
Christine Sowinski joined the PHC team in the fall of 2019 as PHC’s Mobile Health Coordinator and worked with partners to have the first cohort of students on the mobile health unit in February 2020 at the start of the spring semester. An official kick-off was held in Wilmington in March. The van traveled to community centers, schools, senior centers, churches and other sites across the greater Wilmington area for several weeks as part of a monthly schedule.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Starting July 15th, 2020, the Mobile Health van will be going back out into the community again on a reduced schedule after suspending operations since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check back frequently as times and locations may vary. The current schedule through 8/26/20 is as follows:
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE MOBILE HEALTH PROGRAM SUMMER 2020 WEBINAR SERIES
Mobile Health Program in the News:
- 3/31/20 Delaware Online article, “Delaware hotel helping out homeless during coranavirus”
- Mobile Health program post on College of Health Sciences website
- 3/9/20 “UD St. Francis partner to use mobile health van in Wimington” – Delaware Public Media
- 3/9/20 “A Physician’s office on wheels may be coming to you” WDEL Video