Mobile Health Van Program
NYU College of Nursing has received funding to support implementation of the newly developed nurse managed NYUCN Mobile Health Van Program (MHVP) “Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood”, an innovative, replicable model of nursing coordination, “Set UP, Catch Up, Hook Up”, that includes provision of required primary care services, health literacy education program, use of health information technology, and outreach and linkages to community resources for underserved adolescent high school students, with special emphasis on recent immigrants. The MHVP also serves as a clinical site for undergraduate and master’s nursing students from NYUCN and family medicine residents from the Brooklyn Hospital Center assisting in providing primary care services, health education, community outreach, and clinical programming. As part of the MHVP, the highly qualified nurse practitioners also provide primary care services and care coordination for the foster care children at Forestdale Inc. located in Forest Hills, New York.
The MHVP’s primary focus is providing primary care services to help combat health disparities among adolescents in New York City. Led by a nurse practitioner, clinicians provide physicals, immunizations, tuberculosis screening, first-aid treatment, management of asthmas and diabetes, reproductive health care such as STD, pregnancy counseling and testing, care coordination, assistance with health insurance enrollment and connecting the patients to a primary care provider in their community and other community resources to maintain their health at an optimum level.
The primary care services are delivered on the van at Water’s Edge and Prospect Heights Campuses in Brooklyn, each of which house four autonomous high schools. At both sites there is an international high school that accepts students who have been in the United States for four years or less. These international high schools nurture their immigrant students through the acculturation process and continue to have difficulty connecting their students to quality for primary health care services. The MHV has provided the pre-admission health care services including vaccinations and TB testing to these students to be able to meet the department of health and education requirements for entry into these schools.
The MHV follows the NYC department of education school calendar. The days of service rotates between Water’s Edge and Prospect Height campuses in downtown and central Brooklyn.