Medstar Health’s Mobile Unit To Visit MTHA’s Health Fair

The MedStar Health Mobile Health Center, which was introduced in early September to deliver primary care to vulnerable communities, will visit the Oct. 12 MTHA Health Fair at Laurel Park. This year’s Health Fair will be held adjacent the Laurel Recreation Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. under a tent because of COVID-19 health protocols. For those based at Pimlico Race Course who wish to attend, a free shuttle will leave Pimlico at 11 a.m. Services this year include flu shots, bloodwork (comprehensive metabolic panels, or CMPs), and blood pressure screenings. The services will be provided by MedStar Sports Medicine, which staffs the Horsemen’s Health System, and Adventist HealthCare LifeWork Strategies. Please note that 10-hour fasting is required for cholesterol tests. All bloodwork results are confidential and will be sent to the address that you provide. Free hamburgers and hot dogs will provided. MedStar Health, a partner in the Maryland Horsemen’s Health System, also visits sporting events. The 40-foot freightliner is easily recognized by the MedStar Health blue and maize colors and logo with a Baltimore Ravens logo is emblazoned over the rear doors. Inside, there are two exam rooms separated by a restroom for hand-washing, and a mini laboratory for point-of-care tests such as strep, flu, urinalysis, and pregnancy. “We are providing services specific to the findings in our community health needs assessments,” said Ryan Moran, Director of Community Health for MedStar Health’s three Baltimore hospitals: MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial. “Data show one of the main reasons residents don’t pursue health care is because of a lack of transportation. We want to break that barrier. Primary care is lacking most in the areas where services will be provided.” Referrals to specialists within the MedStar Health system can be acquired through the mobile service as needed. The mobile unit has a team of three people: a nurse; a driver who also serves as registrar; and a community health advocate to assist the uninsured and underinsured with applications. The advocate may also navigate patients to other support services such as food access, transportation, and housing.

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