St. John’s provides mobile health care access
By: Natascha Calnon
Founded in July of 1964, St John’s Well Child and Family Center was founded to respond to the dire need of clinics in southern Los Angeles. St. Johns is a non-profit organization that serves as a primary health source for over 140,000 poor or low-income residents. St. Johns provides medical, dental, social, and mental health services in the most densely populated neighborhood in southern California.
St John’s mission “to eliminated health disparities and to foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality care in South Los Angeles,” has been a proud center for all of the projects they undertake. The center is proud of this mission to help create a social justice and equal health opportunities for all humans, fighting for the rights and care for those who are underserved and uninsured.
St. John’s is now going to be more able to help those who need it, with the new Mobile Medical unit designed by Universal Specialty Vehicles. This new added mobility will allow them to provide health care access for those who may not be able to reach it. The “St. Johns Health Access Express” mobile health unit will go out into the field and provide outreach, enrollment and education services six days a week in Central and South Los Angeles. The unit will reach uninsured individuals and enroll those who qualify into public health insurance under the “Bridge to Reform” section 1115 waiver and link them to a medical home at one of St. John’s ten health centers. In Los Angeles County, this program is known as Health Way L.A. The “St. John’s Health Access Express” mobile health unit has the advantage of bringing culturally competent services directly to hard to reach individuals who typically are not interacting with the health care system due to transportation, language, cultural and social barriers Two of the six days the “St. John’s Health Access Express” will park at Homeboy Industries – located in downtown Los Angeles- and provide vital medical care , as well as health insurance enrollment and health screening/ education, for their employees and clients. These individuals, including both the employees and clients who are former gang members, typically forego prevention and primary care services due to the danger of crossing neighborhoods and gang boundaries to access healthcare.
Given health care services shortages, transportation restrictions and other social and cultural barriers to health access in Los Angeles County, the need for a mobile clinic to enhance St. John’s services is vital. The “St John’s Health Access Express” has the opportunity to positively impact many under deserved communities through Central and South Los Angeles by bringing critical health services directly to the people who need them the most.
Universal Specialty Vehicles has worked one on one with St. John’s representatives in order to give them a specially designed trailer that fits their exact needs. St. Johns new medical unit is a full 36 feet long from bumper to tongue. Their trailer has been designed in order to encompass three different rooms and even a waiting room. It will have two separate exam rooms each fully equipped. It will also have a Lab area and the entrance waiting area. St. John’s has specialized ADA accessible wheel chair lift, and restroom. This unit has Wilsonart countertops, two Wilsonart desks and special cabinets with positive secure door latches to keep contents in while driving. All overhead cabinets also have lockable storage as well.
Their Follet Medical grade freezer will be available to hold any medical equipment that needs to be stored. Their front exam room will have a standard Enoch exam table with matching stool, stainless steel sinks, flip-up seat and fold down desk. The center intake area is equipped with a bench seat for waiting, and encompasses. The last room, the intake or waiting room is located directly in the heart of the unit. This entrance has power stairs and 2 desks for registration or paperwork. It also includes bench seats for patients waiting to be seated made from Veterans Vinyl.
This unit fully equipped and ready to serve its purpose for St. John’s. This added mobility will make St. John’s able to add extra care for those who are unable to seek medical attention because of various reasons. St. John’s is extremely excited for their new portable clinic and can’t wait till they begin using it. We here at USV cant wait to see it in action and know that it will be making a great contribution to the areas it will be serving. For questions or inquiries, please visit us at www.usv1.com or www.facebook.com/usv1.