INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic
INTEGRIS earns important grant money as part of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Great Idea Challenge. As one of only six chosen recipients announced this week by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, INTEGRIS will receive $180,000 for the creation and implementation of the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic.
With the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and in partnership with the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, INTEGRIS will deploy a mobile unit into Oklahoma County designed to provide much needed services to the area’s uninsured and underserved.
The INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic will boast a private exam room, exam chairs, screening supplies and a team of professionals consisting of nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, community health workers and health educators.
They will offer case management services, chronic disease support, health screenings, food distribution, cooking demonstrations, support groups and wellness resources.
“As health care in Oklahoma and across the country transforms, accessibility for the most vulnerable populations is an ever-increasing challenge. Mobile health clinics have a distinct advantage in improving health care in at-risk communities,” says Steve Petty, the system administrative director of community wellness at INTEGRIS.
“The ability to reach underserved patients in their neighborhoods helps eliminate physical barriers to care, such as inadequate transportation and dispersed services. We believe the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic will help bridge the health care gap in our community and fulfill our mission of improving the long-term health of Oklahoma families.”
Based on current free clinic and community health screening numbers, as well as the average chronic disease patient volume, the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic, in partnership with the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, hopes to reach 1,400 Oklahomans within the first two years.