Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

Medical Services for Children in Need: Results from the UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

Pediatrics, Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Classification

UNTHSC Faculty

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

The UNTHSC PMC was set up to provide clinical services and health education to Fort Worth neighborhoods with the greatest need for health services, and to provide preventive, screening, treatment and referral services as needed. Targeted neighborhoods in Fort Worth include Como, Morningside, North Side and Stop Six.The primary goal of the presentation is to describe the population served and the types of health services offered, and to present future directions.

Scientific Abstract

Texas has about 1 million uninsured children, 62% of which are Medicaid eligible. Of these, 75,824 reside in Tarrant County.3,4 Mobile clinics have been found to alleviate some of the barriers in accessing health care services. The UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic (PMC) was set up to provide clinical services and health education to Fort Worth neighborhoods with the greatest need for health care, and to provide preventive, screening, treatment and referral services as needed. Data for this project was collected as part of the daily and weekly logs of the PMC. Data from May 2014 to January 2016 was analyzed and included the number and types of medical visits, number of vaccines administered and health screenings performed. Total number of clinics, including site visits and health fairs, were 259. The most visited neighborhoods included Morningside and North Side. In total there were 2788 child visits. Participants were 52% female, 70% Hispanic and 22% Black/African American. Services provided included vaccinations (31%), well child exams (24%), acute/episodic care (23%), medical screenings (20%), dental screenings (1%) and vision screenings. Since its onset, the PMC has provided valuable health care services to children and families. It thus provides a solution to the barriers in accessing clinical and preventive health services faced by Fort Worth communities with the greatest need, including a high proportion of minority populations.

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Medical Services for Children in Need: Results from the UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic

Texas has about 1 million uninsured children, 62% of which are Medicaid eligible. Of these, 75,824 reside in Tarrant County.3,4 Mobile clinics have been found to alleviate some of the barriers in accessing health care services. The UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic (PMC) was set up to provide clinical services and health education to Fort Worth neighborhoods with the greatest need for health care, and to provide preventive, screening, treatment and referral services as needed. Data for this project was collected as part of the daily and weekly logs of the PMC. Data from May 2014 to January 2016 was analyzed and included the number and types of medical visits, number of vaccines administered and health screenings performed. Total number of clinics, including site visits and health fairs, were 259. The most visited neighborhoods included Morningside and North Side. In total there were 2788 child visits. Participants were 52% female, 70% Hispanic and 22% Black/African American. Services provided included vaccinations (31%), well child exams (24%), acute/episodic care (23%), medical screenings (20%), dental screenings (1%) and vision screenings. Since its onset, the PMC has provided valuable health care services to children and families. It thus provides a solution to the barriers in accessing clinical and preventive health services faced by Fort Worth communities with the greatest need, including a high proportion of minority populations.