Mutual of America
 
  2014 Community Partnership Award
  Merit Finalist
  Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
 

What happens to children in their early years can affect their health and opportunities later in life, including their ability to succeed at school. Yet throughout the Permian Basin of southwestern Texas, thousands of underserved families are not only experiencing financial hardship, they are often without access to essential medical and dental care and basic social services.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Southwest has long been a leader in creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. In 2007, they launched the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program in partnership with Medical Center Hospital to bring free or low-cost medical, dental and health education services to underserved children right in their own communities.

Housed in a 42-foot motor coach, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit is a state-of-the-art pediatric clinic on wheels, with two patient examination rooms, a laboratory and a medical records area. More than 12,200 children up to age 18 and their families have received vital health care services since the clinic started rolling into the parking lots of Ector County local elementary schools seven years ago. These services include: primary care, well-child visits, referrals, follow-up care, immunizations, hearing and vision screening, nutrition counseling, dental and hygiene education, and more. By addressing the community’s most critical childhood health needs, the program is helping to reduce emergency room visits, increase immunization rates, raise awareness of healthy lifestyles and complement existing health care services.

“The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program eliminates many of the barriers to care by bringing its services right to the families who need them most,” said Dina Jeffries, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest. “Children receive high-quality, coordinated, family-centered care in one convenient location, without leaving the school district or waiting for an appointment at a far-off medical office. We look forward to expanding our reach by providing care to as many children in rural southwest Texas as we can.”

 
Organization
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Southwest
Program
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Partners
Medical Center Hospital
Ector County Independent School District
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