Prompted by concern over COVID-19 impacting a decline in routine pediatric immunizations and well-child visits, the award through the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge, is a competition in which Carle Mobile Health Clinic is one of 50 programs to first receive a $10,000 grant along with a challenge to develop a proposal for an additional $25,000 grant.
“We are so proud we met the grant challenge and as a result many more children and families who live in Champaign, Vermilion and McLean counties will have easier accessibility to the healthcare they need,” Kelly Parker, MSN, RN, nurse manager of Mobile Health Services said.
Carle Mobile Health Clinic (CMHC) had six months to develop its proposal for the $25,000 grant. Winners include health centers, pediatric clinics, children’s hospitals, and community organizations. A panel of expert judges reviewed and evaluated applications based on the approach to increasing well-child visits, increasing vaccinations and reducing disparities among populations.
Hundreds of children climbed aboard the 40-foot-long CMHC for immunizations and well-visits right in their own neighborhoods. The clinic is part of Carle’s Community Health Initiatives effort of delivering healthcare to community members in innovative ways and reducing health disparities throughout the region.
Look for the Carle Mobile Health Clinic, which makes stops in Danville, Bloomington. Rantoul and the Champaign-Urbana area. Practitioners in the clinic have experience in pediatrics, family medicine and women’s health and pregnancy. The large vehicle is wheelchair accessible and everyone will receive care, even with an inability to pay. Families with questions may call, (217) 365-7928, or send an email to Mobile.HealthClinic@carle.com.
Carle’s Mobile Health Clinic is also supported through generous donations from the Carle Health Center for Philanthropy.