Mobile Health Unit for Children Throughout Chicago and Surrounding Cities
Loyola Medicine’s pediatric mobile health unit is a pediatric doctor’s office on wheels that serves underprivileged communities in the Chicago area. The first of its kind in the Midwest, it provides vital healthcare services to children and young adults, from birth to age 21, who might otherwise not have access to healthcare in their community.
Each weekday, the pediatric mobile health unit travels to schools throughout Chicago and the suburbs to treat medically underserved children. The mobile clinic offers routine physical exams, immunizations, health screenings, educational sessions and lab tests. These physical exams frequently are required for children before they enter pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade.
Loyola’s mobile health clinicians also can give your child a sports physical, which is recommended for all grade-school and high-school athletes. An onboard pharmacy is able to dispense common pediatric medications for families who have limited access to a pharmacy or who can’t afford medications for their children.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, a new 26,000-pound, 30-foot mobile unit with two clinic rooms was purchased in October 2014. We are proud to visit 300 sites each year. To schedule a mobile health unit site visit, call 708-216-3299.
Why Choose Loyola for Pediatric Health?
Loyola’s pediatric mobile health program has treated more than 113,000 young patients since it began in 1998, helping reduce illnesses and injuries and therefore also reducing school absences and emergency department visits. With our new unit, launched in 2014, Loyola shows its commitment to providing quality healthcare to our community.
Rapid Screening to Detect Health or Developmental Problems in Children
Loyola’s mobile health unit provides screenings for children to detect health or developmental problems as early as possible. Children benefit from early intervention, so that treatment can occur when the condition is less severe and the child can recover sooner.
Our mobile health unit offers physical exams, lab testing and screenings for the following conditions:
- Hearing problems
- High cholesterol
- Lead testing (for children under age 6)
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- Vision problems
If Loyola’s clinicians determine that your child has an illness that needs treatment beyond the scope of the mobile unit, we will refer your child for additional care at Loyola or one of our partner organizations.
What Treatments are Available at the Pediatric Mobile Health Unit?
The clinicians on Loyola’s pediatric mobile health unit offer the following treatments and services:
- Asthma care
- Health education
- Injury prevention education
- Nutrition education
- Prevention education for alcohol and tobacco use
- Sports physicals
- Treatment for common colds and medical problems