The Wellness Express school based mobile health clinic moved to the implementation stage on June 14 when the mobile unit arrived in Adams County. The 38-foot Winnebago -- custom built by Matthews Specialty Vehicles in Greensboro, NC, and paid for with a grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation -- features two exam rooms, lab space, a waiting area and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.
Plans call for the clinic to be providing medical, behavioral and oral healthcare services at schools in Liberty, Payson, Mendon, Camp Point and Mount Sterling beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The mobile clinic will spend a week at a time at a school district, then return to Quincy on the weekends. The project is modeled after school-based health care guidelines established through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
A partnership that includes the Adams/Brown County Health Department, Blessing Health System, Chaddock, the Regional Office of Education No. 1, Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine Quincy and the United Way is spearheaded the project to improve access to healthcare serves for students in rural areas. Beth Forbes serves as the coordinator for the Wellness Express.
For the coming weeks, the Wellness Express will be parked at the Health Department. Plans are underway to have the mobile unit on site at the area schools starting in October 2017.