The Des Moines University Mobile Health Clinic helps DMU take our services on the road.
Through the Mobile Health Clinic, DMU delivers clinical services to underserved central Iowans, conducts educational outreach to K-12 and post-secondary students, and provides medical services for local community events.
The Mobile Health Clinic is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Matched by DMU funds, the grant provided for the construction and outfitting of a 38-foot Winnebago motor coach that is handicapped accessible, has two examination rooms, a reception area, and a restroom. The grant also funds operations of the Mobile Health Clinic through start up until 2011.
The Mobile Health Clinic is partnering with the Free Clinics of Iowa to provide services to homeless and other underserved populations in the Des Moines metro area. Currently, the mobile clinic is the sole facility for one free clinic and it expands service beyond existing facilities of another. Eventually, the Mobile Health Clinic may be used by free clinics throughout the state, particularly in times of high need such as during flu shot season and in the summer for school sports physicals.
Through DMU’s existing community medicine program, the Mobile Health Clinic expands the university’s ability to provide inter-disciplinary medical services at local events such as health fairs, marathons and races, and other events. Under the supervision of DMU faculty, medical and other health science students provide services such as blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, EKG tests, cholesterol checks, and osteopathic manual treatments. For more information on DMU’s community medicine program, please call 515-271-1374.
- “DMU goes mobile”, DMU magazine, summer 2010.
- “Free medical clinics alleviate financial concerns for many cash-strapped central Iowans”, cityview.