Mobile Health Clinic


♪>>>MEXICAN CITIZENS LIVING IN ARIZONA WHO NEED HEALTH CARE ARE GETTING HOPE FROM THE HOME COUNTRY WITHOUT HAVING TO CROSS THE BORDER. SERVICES OFFERED AT MOBILE HEALTH CLINICS HAVE PROVEN LIFE SAVING FOR SOME. NANCY MONTOYA REPORTS.>>DID YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE WENT TO DISNEY?>>FRANCISCO AND HIS WIFE GABRIELA SAY EVERY DAY IS A MIRACLE. BOTH DISCOVERED THEY HAD LIFE-THREATENING DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION BEFORE THEY SAY IT WAS TOO LATE.>>IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO STAY HEALTHY FOR MY FAMILY. BECAUSE THEY DEPEND ON ME AND THEY RELY ON ME. THEY LOVE ME. AND IF I’M NOT AROUND, THEY WILL MISS ME.>>AN A-1-C TEST MEASURES THE AVERAGE BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS OVER A COUPLE OF MONTHS. NORMAL IS SIX OR LESS. BUT FRANCISCO AND GABRIELA’S A-1-C IS OVER 12.>>I KNOW IT HAS TO BE FIVE OR SIX AT MOST. AND I STARTED GETTING WORRIED.>>THE COUPLE DISCOVERED THEIR CONDITION BY CHANCE AT A SCHOOL HEALTH FAIR. VOLUNTEERS FROM A MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC TESTED THEM BOTH. THREE DAYS BEFORE THAT, GABRIELA’S MOTHER HAD DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS CAUSED BY DIABETES. SHE SAID SHE WAS IN A PANIC.>>YES, I WAS VERY WORRIED, SAID GAB GABRIELA BECAUSE I HAVEN’T EVEN BURIED MY MOTHER. GABBY AND FRANCISCO CALLED THE MOBILE UNIT THAT PROVIDING THE TESTING. ANGELS ON WHEELS. IN JUST TWO YEARS, THE MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC PART OF THE — TOGETHER FOR HEALTH PROGRAM, HAVE TESTED ALMOST 10,000 PEOPLE FROM UNDER-SERVED AND MOSTLY LATINO AND MEXICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN PIMA AND MARICOPA COUNTRIESIES.>>THOSE MOBILE UNITS OR VANS ARE ABOUT $120,000 A PIECE.>>DR. ROSALES IS THE DEAN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. SHE OVERSEES THE MOBILE CLINICS IN ARIZONA. AND SAID THE FUNDING COMES FROM MEXICO’S GOVERNMENT. PHOENIX WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES WITH A MOBILE UNIT PAID FOR BY THE MEXICO MINISTRY OF HEALTH. THE THE PURPOSE IS TO OFFER BASIC SCREENING FOR CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION TO THE INVISIBLE MEXICAN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN THE U.S. NOW THERE IS A MOBILE UNIT IN TUCSON.>>YOU WILL FIND TWO IN ARIZONA. ONE IN TUCSON AND ONE IN PHOENIX. YOU’LL FIND ONE IN LOS ANGELES, LAS VEGAS, DENVER, CHICAGO, DALLAS, RALEIGH, ORLANDO AND MIAMI.>>THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTED TO KEEP ADDING THE MOBILE UNITS IN OTHER CITIES WITH LARGE MEXICAN GRNTS — IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. 20 YEARS AGO THEY LAUNCHED — WINDOWS TO HEALTH. AGAIN, THE MEXICAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH TOOK ON AN AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO PLACE HEALTH CLINICS IN EVERY MEXICAN CONSULATE OFFICE IN THE U.S.>>THINK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE 50 CONSULATE OFFICES IN THE U.S. IT IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT HAS AS MANY CONSULATE OFFICES BECAUSE OF THE NEED FOR DOCUMENTATION, PASSPORTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND SO WHY NOT ALSO OFFER PRIMARY PREVENTION SERVICES.>>BUT THERE ARE MANY MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS WHO NEVER HAVE A REASON TO GO TO THE MEXICAN CONSULATE OFFICE AND FOR THESE FEARING DEPORTATION WHO LIVE UNDER THE RADAR — WELL SAID DR. ROSALES, THEY HAVE OTHER PRIORITIES.>>YOU’RE TOO BUSY TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING AND TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. YOU’RE PROBABLY WORKING TWO OR THREE JOBS. AND SO YOU REALLY END UP RECEIVING MEDICAL SERVICES WHEN IT IS REALLY TOO LATE. SO YOU END UP IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM.>>THERE IS A FEAR THAT ENTERS YOU, SAID GABBY. SHE ADDS, WHEN YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, YOU CAN’T DO MANY THINGS. AND YOU ARE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. NOW TO SERVE THE POPULATION, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH NO LEGAL DOCUMENTATION TO BE IN THE U.S., DR. ROSALES WROTE A GRANT AND RECEIVED FUNDING, AGAIN FROM THE MEXICAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH. TWO YEARS AGO THE FIRST AND SECOND PHASE OF THE MOBILE UNITS LAUNCHED. DOCTOR ROSALEZ AND HER TEAM GO INTO THE COMMUNITY TO FIND THE AREAS MOST IN NEED. FOR EXAMPLE, IN PHOENIX A MOBILE UNIT SPENT A FRIDAY MORNING IN THE PARKING LOT OF GLENN DOWNS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS A SCHOOL WITH A HIGH IMGRANT POPULATION. VIVIAN NASH IS THE PRINCIPAL.>>WE ARE A SCHOOL KINDER THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE AND WE HAVE 750 STUDENTS. WE ARE 100% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH AND SO WE’RE TITLE ONE SCHOOL AS WELL. I’M TOLD THAT THE MEDIAN INCOME FOR OUR FAMILIES IS $35,000. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE MORE SOCIOECONOMIC NEIGHBORHOODS AND SO HEALTH CARE IS A CONCERN AND JUST HAVING ACCESS TO PROPER HEALTH CARE, PROPER NUTRITION, SO IF WE HAVE ANY KIND OF PARTNERSHIP THAT COULD HELP US TO BRING BOTH SERVICES INTO OUR FAMILIES, WE ABSOLUTELY DO THAT.>>PRINCIPAL NASH SAID PARENTS WHO ARRIVE FOR HEALTH SCREENINGS ARE NEVER ASKED ABOUT THEIR CITIZENSHIP STATUS. GOOD THING, SAID GABRIELA, BECAUSE HAD THAT BEEN A REQUIREMENT, SHE AND FRANCISCO MAY HAVE NEVER RECEIVED THE INFORMATION THEY ARE CONVINCED HELP TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.

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