First mobile health clinic is coming to Travis County


ROBERT:FOR THE FIRST TIME, CENTRAL HEALTH IS USING A MOBILE CLINIC TO BRING HEALTH CARE TO PEOPLE WHO EITHER CAN’T AFFORD IT OR LIVE TOO FAR FROM A DOCTOR’S OFFICE.THE PROPERTY TAX YOU PAY IN TRAVIS COUNTY HELPS TO FUND CENTRAL HEALTH.KXAN’S YOOJIN CHO FOUND OUT WHY THIS IS A MUCH NEEDED SERVICE FOR MANY. YOOJIN CHO: “CENTRAL HEALTH TELLS ME THEY EXPECT TO SEE ABOUT 16 PEOPLE A DAY IN THIS TRAILER. THE TRAILER WILL BE IN MORE RURAL AREAS OF TRAVIS COUNTY, LIKE HERE IN CREEDMOOR.” ABOUT 15 MILES SOUTHEAST OF AUSTIN…IF YOU NEEDED TO SEE A DOCTOR… ROBERT WILHITE, CITY ADMINISTRATOR FOR CREEDMOOR:”I KNOW MOST PEOPLE JUST DIDN’T GO. I KNOW WE’VE HAD SEVERAL RESIDENTS DIDN’T EVEN HAVE THE TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO TOWN, SO THEY DID WITHOUT.”THAT’S NOW CHANGING.ROBERT WILHITE: “VOILA HERE IT IS!”CENTRAL HEALTH’S MOBILE CLINIC WILL COME TO CREEDMOOR TWICE A WEEK… BRINGING VACCINES AND PREVENTIVE CARE TO THOSE WHO NEED IT.THEY SAY EVEN IF YOU’RE UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED – YOU WON’T BE TURNED AWAY. MIKE GEESLIN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CENTRAL HEALTH: “THEY’LL BE ABLE TO DO SOME LAB ON HERE AND A NUMBER OF TESTS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY OR IF YOU’RE NOT HEALTHY, TO HELP YOU GET WELL.” ROBERT WILHITE:”YOU KNOW FLU SHOTS, THINGS LIKE THAT, THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF CARE THAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY NEGLECT AND NOT GO TO A DOCTOR FOR, HOPEFULLY THEY’LL COME AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.” THE MOBILE CLINIC WILL START SEEING PATIENTS NEXT MONDAY. IN TRAVIS COUNTY, YOOJIN CHO, KXAN NEWS. ROBERT: WE’LL POST ON KXAN DOT COM THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THE CLINIC WILL VISIT. HERE’S THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVING EASTERN TRAVIS COUNTY:ABOUT 15 PERCENT OF PEOPLE LIVING IN TRAVIS COUNTY ARE UNINSURED.COMPARE THAT TO THE 34 PERCENT IN COLONY PARK WHO ARE UNINSURED. MEANWHILE ALMOST HALF OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN CREEDMOOR ARE UNINSURED OR GET PUBLIC INSURANCE.IN TRAVIS COUNTY AS A WHOLE THAT NUMBER IS 36 PERCENT. SYDNEY:UT’S DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL.. INTEGRAL CARE.. AND COMMUNITY CARE COLLABORATIVE RECENTLY GOT A FEDERAL GRANT TO BRING A MOBILE HEALTHCARE CLINIC TO PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS.THE MONEY WILL PAY FOR SUPPLIES, EVALUATIONS, AND A MOBILE TEAM OF FULL AND PART-TIME EMPLOYEES.MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO ALREADY WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS SAY THAT MANY AREN’T SHOWING UP IN CLINICS… AND WIND UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF THEY

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