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Mobile Medical Vehicle Regulations
Every state places a differing emphasis on mobile services such as medical (primary care, health screening, etc.), mobile dental, mobile audiology, and even salons and veterinary clinics.
Our staff conducted a state-by-state review of laws and regulations governing mobile and portable dentistry programs in the US. It appears as the number of these programs has increased across the nation, there has been a commensurate increase in the attention of regulatory bodies to providing parameters for their conduct.
MedNorth is not only a full-service healthcare provider, but a team of frontline superheroes who have played a major role in their community throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For this Wilmington, North Carolina based client, the Mission Mobile team acted fast to provide a complete turn-key solution in under 30 days.
The MedNorth staff reached out to us in desperate need of a way to segregate COVID testing patients from their usual patient flow. Upon receiving their requirements, our team got right to work in securing a powered cab and chassis mobile medical clinic. We assisted in the initial setup in their parking lot and worked through several iterations of patient flows, while coordinating appropriate power supply. Mission Mobile Medical was able to provide an order of magnitude upgrade to the pre-mobile clinic setup.
Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance is a collaboration of hospitals that currently serves about one million people and has provided care to North and South Carolina for 30 years. With Mission Mobile Medical, CCHA is able to improve regional care efforts by coming directly to those who need it most.
We were able to equip Coastal Carolinas with a vehicle and the confidence necessary to succeed in their mission. After we delivered their vehicle, we spent a day with them in training to make sure they were familiarized with their vehicle and ready for launch.
Together along with Manos Unidas, a nonprofit farmworker health organization, we are able to improve healthcare access and provide valuable care to a particularly vulnerable population, migrant workers. The team is able to bypass barriers such as cost, hours of operation, and language to deliver care free of charge to a population that often gets ignored by the system.
Their hope? To expand their services and increase access to so many patients that they need more vehicles. And we’ll be ready when that happens.
When it comes to bridging gaps in healthcare, your mission is ours. So when Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut reached out to us for a vehicle to bring accessible healthcare to the deepest corners of their community, we were ready for the challenge.
From brainstorming to launch we made sure the Southwest team had all of the tools, training, and support they needed for a successful mission. As always, our service plan certifies that we have their back with regular maintenance and in case anything goes wrong on the road.
Special thanks go out to Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, who share in our passion for community health and helped make this possible through funding with the Cares Act. We were thrilled Senator Blumenthal was able to be with us as we watched the program officially come to life at the passing of the key ceremony, and are excited to see the real-life impact that the Southwest team can bring to their community.
What Works, What To Watch, and What to Avoid
This guide by Andrea Hight, BS of Sullivan-Schein Dental outlines Mobile Dental Clinic operations from start to finish.
Mobile & Portable Dental Services in Schools
This white paper by the ASTDD outlines issues around providing on-site dental services in school settings.
Mobile Dental Operations Capital Budgeting & ROI
This 2010 study by Dr. Arevalo's team examines costs and payback for best-case and worst-case scenarios.
The Assocation of State & Territorial Dental Directors
The ASTDD is a national non-profit organization representing state public health agency programs for oral health
Mobile Dental Clinic Manual
In 2007, ASTDD offered a guide to Mobile & Portable Dental Clinic Operations & Outcomes (some info is outdated)
Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual
Developed by DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement’s Safety Net Solutions and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
State Dental Screening Laws - 2017 Update
State dental programs play important roles ensuring DSLs fulfill their intended goal of identifying children’s dental problems, connecting them to care.
FL Health Care Clinics FAQ
From the FL Dept. of Health, this FAQ provides insight to FL requirements for mobile medical and dental clinics.
Mobile Health - Lessons from Hurricane Sandy
The initiation, operational strategies, outcomes and challenges of the NS-LIJ HS community relief effort using a MHU during and after Hurrican Sandy
School Sealant Programs
Sealants are widely recognized as an evidence-based approach to preventing tooth decay. The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force cities “strong evidence of effectiveness” reducing tooth decay among school-aged children.
Is It Possible to Provide Mobile Services Here?
RDH magazine and Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA, discuss how dental hygienists can engage, and then consider what to do in highly regulated or restrictive states.
How to Form a 501c3 Organization
Mobile Medical or Mobile Dental Clinic Programs
This short video training series outlines the basics of incorporating your organization as a 501c3 nonprofit
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to talk to our team.