St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry (MHOM) began in 1991 providing acute and preventive medical care to those who are medically underserved in Northeast Florida, by bringing fully staffed doctors offices to the neighborhoods where its services are needed most.
The MHOM primarily focuses on three areas where the underserved, uninsured and underinsured are most prevalent:
- The Rural Outreach Ministry serves the men and women who work in the agricultural fields of Putnam and St. John’s Counties.
- The Urban Outreach Ministry reaches out to the working poor and homeless within the neighborhoods of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties.
- The Pediatric Outreach Ministry provides children attending 24 schools in Duval County’s with access to medical care.
Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, flu shots, immunizations and school physicals are examples of preventive services provided through MHOM. Medical needs range from detecting and treating chronic illnesses like asthma, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, to common ailments like respiratory infections, nutritional problems and hearing, vision and dental issues.
The data below is an excellent indicator of the importance of the free medical services that were provided by St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry between July 2014 and June 2015::
- More than 17,700 free adult and pediatric patient services were provided, including patient visits, health screenings, and case management, as well as outreach services such as delivering food, clothing and critically important medications to the needy. Included among those services:
- Over 2,780 patient visits and case management were completed through our Rural Outreach Ministry.
- Over 3,000 patient visits and case management were provided by the Urban Outreach Ministry (Duval, Clay and Nassau).
- Over 10,500 patient visits and case management were provided through the Pediatric Outreach Ministry which includes 3,241 school and sports physicals and 662 immunizations.
- More than 2,500 nutritional and dietary services that include classes, counseling and fitness training have been provided to children helping to reduce obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
In Fiscal Year 2015, St. Vincent’s provided over $85.3 million in charity care and community benefits to residents in the Northeast Florida region, and we rely upon the generosity of our donors to continue delivering these critically important health services. Make a donation to the St. Vincent’s Foundation today!