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Total Health Care debuts Mobile Health Outreach Unit

Brandon Brown, a Total Health Care Mobile Health Unit driver and outreach specialist, checks in a patient. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Brandon Brown, a Total Health Care Mobile Health Unit driver and outreach specialist, checks in a patient. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Chara Bauer, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, attends to a patient inside the Mobile Health Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Chara Bauer, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, attends to a patient inside the Mobile Health Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

With its new mobile unit, Total Health Care will expand its ongoing efforts to provide vital health care screenings, services and education to those in Baltimore who are most in need. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

With its new mobile unit, Total Health Care will expand its ongoing efforts to provide vital health care screenings, services and education to those in Baltimore who are most in need. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Veronique “Vickie” Johnson, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, administers a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Veronique “Vickie” Johnson, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, administers a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Chara Bauer, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, works inside the Mobile Health Outreach Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Chara Bauer, a Total Health Care nurse practitioner, works inside the Mobile Health Outreach Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Total Health Care employees prepare COVID-19 tests and vaccinations inside the Mobile Health Outreach Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Total Health Care employees prepare COVID-19 tests and vaccinations inside the Mobile Health Outreach Unit. (Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

(Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

(Photo by Justin Jacobs, Glasshouse Media & Production)

Total Health Care, one of Maryland’s largest minority-run, nonprofit, tax-exempt community health centers, unveiled its new Mobile Health Outreach Unit April 9 at a special community COVID-19 vaccination and testing event outside St. James Episcopal Church in west Baltimore.

Nearly 100 people attended the event and 65 received a COVID-19 vaccination.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn new attention to the inequities in access to health care that exist in Baltimore, especially in the City’s most disadvantaged communities. With its new mobile unit, Total Health Care will expand its ongoing efforts to provide vital health care screenings, services and education to those in Baltimore who are most in need.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, Total Health Care plans to partner with other community-centered organizations to offer other screenings and immunizations, including HIV/AIDS testing, through its mobile unit.

Funding for the Mobile Health Outreach Unit was provided by The Gamma Boulé Foundation (GBF) of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, which raised $240,000 to support the purchase of the vehicle and its ongoing operations. Additional funding for the unit was provided by The Mamie and Jerome Todd Relief Fund, established by Ben Jealous to support those in Baltimore most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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