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Norwegian American Hospital’s Mobile Services are breaking down the barriers that contribute to the lack of healthcare in children who may not have health insurance or a permanent medical provider. Health screenings include school and sports physicals, immunizations, hearing/vision tests and diabetes screening. When potential health problems are found, the appropriate referrals are made so kids can get proper treatment.
Norwegian’s Mobile Care: Breaking down the barriers to quality care for children in need
A principal goal of the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation is to support and administer Mobile Services programs for children who may not have health insurance or a permanent medical provider. Many of these kids have never had a primary care visit or regular dental care. The ultimate goal is to provide a medical home for children to receive comprehensive, ongoing healthcare and dental services through appropriate counseling and education.
Director of Mobile Services
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The Pediatric Care-A-Van visits city and parochial schools, area day care and community centers. Free health screenings provided for school-age children include school and sports physicals, immunizations, hearing/vision screenings and lead/hemoglobin screenings. When potential health problems are found, the appropriate referrals are made so children and their families can receive proper treatment. The Care-A-Van has become the first call schools and day care centers make when medical attention is needed.
The Care-A-Van is sponsored by a grant from the Children’s Care Foundation, whose support is a vital part of the Care-A-Van’s sustainability.
Annually, the Care-A-Van program records more than 13,000 services through 3,000 visits. The Care-A-Van is a member of the Mobile Health Clinic Association.
On Feb. 25, 2015, the Foundation unveiled its new Pediatric Dental Van, an extension of the Care-A-Van program. This service addresses tremendous unmet needs for restorative dental care as identified by the Chicago Public Schools Oral Health Program. In the 2012-2013 school year, over 40,000 children were found to need that level of dental care, but fewer than half received it, according to schools and Illinois Medicaid data. Without such care, children are at risk of oral infections and abscesses that can lead to death, loss of permanent teeth, emergency room visits and missed school days, in addition to constant pain, diminished ability to concentrate and loss of self-esteem.
The dental van makes 1,300 visits annually to partnering schools and day care and community centers to educate children on the importance of regular brushing, flossing and using fluoride. Exams are performed by the team’s dentist, who also provides professional teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, cavity repair and other restorative procedures.