On the road again

By Jan Jarvis

Pediatric Mobile Clinic and staff

 

After being sidelined since May, the Pediatric Mobile Clinic is on the road again providing health care to uninsured children in Tarrant County.

The specially equipped Pediatric Mobile Clinic was parked in its usual spot near the UNT Health Science Center campus when it was struck overnight by another vehicle May 15. The electrical system was damaged and numerous parts had to be replaced, said Christina Robinson, MD, the clinic’s Medical Director.

But the loss of this clinic on wheels did not stop the Health Science Center team from delivering much needed services to children across Fort Worth. Without missing a beat, the staff got busy setting up makeshift clinics in schools, daycare centers and other facilities.

“We still had patients who needed us,” Dr. Robinson said. “Even though we didn’t have the mobile clinic, we were committed to delivering excellent care.”

In three months without the mobile clinic, the staff provided physicals, immunizations, screenings and exams to 373 children.  That’s the same number of children who were served during the same period last year when the mobile unit was in use, Dr. Robinson said.

Word spread quickly that services would continue even while the Pediatric Mobile Clinic was not available.

“We already had established relationships with some of the families in the community, and they were able to find us even though we weren’t as visible as we usually are,” Dr. Robinson said. “One of the benefits we have with the mobile pediatric unit is that families see us and know we are there to help.”

Since May 2014, when UNTHSC launched the mobile clinic, the staff has logged more than 10,384 patient visits to children in the Fort Worth neighborhoods of Morningside, Como, Stop Six and Northside. The team has administered more than 3,000 vaccines and more than 6,600 vision screenings.

“We’re very excited that the Pediatric Mobile Clinic is fixed, and we are looking forward to being out in the community doing what we do best,” Dr. Robinson said. “We want to make sure children in our community are healthy.”

Recent News

Steph Curry
  • Community
|Jun 30, 2022

HSC researcher eyes NBA finals

Dr. Dimitrios Karamichos was paying particularly close attention to the NBA finals this year. The executive director and endowed chair of The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s North Texas Eye Research Institute is a huge basketball fan, but the reason he was watching ...
Diana Cervantes. Assistant Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology
  • Community
|Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Diana Cervantes named as a 2022 Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Dr. Diana Cervantes, assistant professor and director of the MPH Epidemiology Program at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth School of Public Health has been named as a 2022 Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.   This d...
Pediatric Mobile Clinic
  • Community
|Jun 29, 2022

Pediatric Mobile Clinic bridges gap in care during summer

The Pediatric Mobile Clinic at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is known for being one of the only mobile clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that specializes in pediatrics. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic was active at community centers, churches and th...
Hsc Students And Staff In Regional Simulation Center
  • Education
|Jun 23, 2022

HSC opens Regional Simulation Center with fully immersive VR rooms

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth made history on Thursday with the opening of the first immersive virtual reality simulation center in Texas. A ribbon-cutting ceremony — featuring Dr. Michael R. Williams, chancellor of the UNT System and HSC president, as well a...