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Miles for Mobile Care is Live!

I’m ready to get my miles in!
How do I start? 

1) Head on over to our GiveLively fundraising page: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/mobile-c-a-r-e-foundation/miles-for-mobile-care-2022

2.) Donate, or set a fundraising goal! Start a team with your family or friends. To start or join a team, click “I want to fundraise for this!” on the right side of the page.

3.) Share the link to your team page with friends via text, email, and social media – anyone who donates to your page is now on your team!

I want a t-shirt!! How does that work? 

When you make a donation, you’ll get a confirmation email from GiveLively with a link to order your free shirt.  Anyone who donates $35 or more is eligible while supplies last (we’ll let you know when we are running low!) Make sure to check spam. Email rlessing@mobilecarefoundation.org with any questions.

Can I order more shirts if I donated more than $35?

Yes!! If you donated a higher amount and would like more shirts, feel free select the quantity equaling your donation amount- for example, since shirts are valued at $35 each, a $70 donation= 2 shirts! $140 donation = 4 shirts!

Miles for MCC ends on November 29!
Help us raise $10,000 so we can reach more communities in need of free, quality, health services. 

And the winner is…. Pabs Prints!

At the beginning of September, we hosted an open contest to find the perfect design for our official Miles for Mobile Care T-Shirt. We decided on three finalists that submitted amazing artwork, and we are happy to announce that local artist Pablo’s (PabsPrints) design was the chosen one!

Pablo Trees is a Colombian born emerging artist and designer that’s been in the Chicago art scene for a few years now. His choice to start his own business led to the creation of ‘Adfectus’ @adfchi, a streetwear line. Soon Pabs Prints was born, and Pablo discovered his calling in the design and merchandise world. As the first place winner of our T-Shirt design contest, we knew Pablo offered something special and refreshing to Mobile Care Chicago. Luckily, we were able to get to know Pablo a little more:

Tell us a little bit about yourself!!   

My name is Pablo Alejandro I am an immigrant from Bogota, Colombia moved to Melrose Park when I was 5, since middle school I’ve always had a passion for clothes. After I felt respect from my peers for what I was wearing I fell in love with the confidence I got from my outfits. I’ve drawn my whole life but my main focus was clothes when I first started expressing myself. I’ve always been told artist never make any money people used the idiom “You’ll be successful when Pigs fly “ so that sparked the motivation for my art brand Pabs Prints and I use the pig with wings as a mascot to do exactly that make pigs fly

What inspired you to enter the Miles for MCC design contest?

After meeting your team I instantly fell in love with what you’re doing for the community I have a 5 year old myself so the thought of other kids being healed all across the city made me instantly want to work with you.

Name a few artists who inspire you.

My closest friends inspire me JPAK4EVA, Flthy Rich, Sillouette Matte.

Favorite Chicago spots?

I love Phillys best, Marz Brewing Co for the Taco Sublime tacos, Royal Palms, Fulton Market has been pretty fun lately and Humboldt, Logan, La Estrella Mini Mart is one of my favorite spots too!

What is your personal mission through your work, what message do you hope to spread through art and design?

My mission with my work is to prove to myself and the people around me that you can live comfortably off of your art. I want to encourage everyone around me to strive for financial freedom and motivate others to follow that passion that’s burning inside of them waiting to come out.

Where do you hope to end up next? What kind of projects do you hope to work on in the future – and how can we find you on social media or online?

I hope to move closer to the city and build more than just an online community. I hope to see myself collaborate with bigger brands. My next project is my yearly Halloween collection with new characters, F/W 2022 and my new solo podcast “Proud Disappointment Podcast” you can find that on my YouTube and I am on all social media platforms: @pabsprints

If you want to see more of Pablo’s artwork follow this link!

Mobile Care Chicago got selected for The Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award!

On Thursday, September 8th, 2022 we found out that Mobile Care had been selected to be a recipient of The Anne M.Davis Mobile Health Award.

This award has only been given three other times since it was founded in 2010. It recognizes innovations in mobile health, and it is hyper-rigorous. For one thing, there’s no application process: the VNA Foundation only selects those on its radar, and to get on that radar, an organization must stand out as innovative, unique, and impactful. From there, a non-profit has to be nominated by the Foundation’s Executive Director, and the award is granted via vote of the Foundation’s full board. The Anne M. Davis Mobile Health Award comes with a $10,000 prize.

Mobile Care Chicago received the award for two reasons: one, the Flex Van, the first of its kind in the country; second, because of our efforts to integrate our dental and medical programs through the expanded functions of our EHR systems, also a first for a mobile program.

Lastly: we wouldn’t have the means to be such an adaptable and innovative clinic without your continued support, so thank you!! Thanks to you, we’ve been able to continuously update our vans to be adaptable and safe, implement more efficient technologies in order to reach and retain patients who need us, and hire the best staff out there – all things that set us up to receive an award like this. We are truly grateful.

You can watch the conversation here and learn more about why MCC received this great recognition!

We’ve added a new set of wheels to our team!

Over the last few months, we’ve had some great acquisitions for the Mobile Care workforce. One of these amazing additions is our Cargo Van! The Cargo Van is our latest vehicle to join the Mobile Family and it’s already had a complete MCC makeover! Thanks to Do Right Services our van looks fresh and ready to serve the Chicagoland community one school at a time. 

This addition gives us the flexibility to see dental patients inside the schools, as opposed to exclusively treating them in the van, which means expanding the overall scope of our dental program. More children deserve to have quality dental care, and the new Cargo Van will get that done!

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Thank you Elizabeth!

Running multiple mobile clinics can be….complicated. The “mobile” aspect of our work effects everything: scheduling, staffing, what to do when a van needs maintenance, and more. Throw in a pandemic, a few brand new clinics, and chaos ensues. Luckily at MCC, Elizabeth Lemus, Asthma Program Manager, knows how to deal with it all while being kind and compassionate. But after 18 (!!) years, Elizabeth is stepping down from her role, and following a new endeavor – where we know she will flourish. We are VERY grateful that Elizabeth will still be helping us part time.

Elizabeth treats our patients and their families as her own, while always making sure they received quality care and attention (not to mention her Chilaquiles were to die for!) Even though she has not fully left Mobile Care, we will miss her every day at the office, where she would always lend a helping hand to whomever needed it. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our mission Elizabeth.

Asthma & COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

The Chicago Asthma Consortium, with partners including Mobile Care, has started a series to answer your questions about asthma & COVID-19. We recognize there is a lot of uncertainty for everyone right now, especially for those with asthma. Over the next few weeks, this series will work with experts across the region to get you the answers you need.

All videos will be posted here with a summary.  Check back weekly for updated information and the answers to your questions.

You can submit your questions here and we will add them to our list for future videos.

1st Q&A: Asthma, COVID-19 and the ER:

Question Highlights (Minutes:Seconds in video)

  • How does COVID-19 affect children? (1:43)
  • ERs, how have they changed (3:10)
  • Would I be tested at the ER? (4:18)
  • How does COVID-19 feel different from asthma? (6:10)
  • Nebulizers & COVID-19 (11:15)
  • When to get tested and what is it like? (14:05)
  • Asthma management & COVID-19 (16:45)

Do you have a question for an asthma expert? Please submit your questions here and we will add them to our list for future videos.

EPA awards Mobile Care, recognizes as a “leading community-level asthma care” provider.







What was Mobile Care was recognized for?

Increasing Access

Mobile Care’s no-cost mobile clinic model enables families that struggle with cost and transportation barriers to still access care at their neighborhood school.

With the addition of video conferenced appointments for working parents, we are continuing to make it easier for children to get the care they need.

Care beyond the clinic

Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold, pollen, food allergies, and even certain household cleaners.

 Mobile Care has a community health worker that helps families identify and remove their child’s triggers from their home.

Being cost effective

Mobile Care keeps kids healthier and in school instead of the ER or hospital.

For every dollar spent by Mobile Care on the Asthma Vans, we prevent 3 dollars in more costly ER and hospital visits. The EPA estimates that Mobile Care has saved the local health care system at least $156 million. 

Cheers for Children’s Health

Tickets can be purchased here.

If you are unable to make it, but would like to make a donation to sponsor a child’s care, you may do so here.

The Event

Please join us at the Union League Club of Chicago for drinks and hors d’oeuvre and help Mobile Care send mobile clinics to children in need. Will you stand with us in our commitment to treat every child that enters our clinic – regardless of insurance or ability to pay?

With summer around the corner, we have just a few months left to bring clinics to neighborhood schools and set children up for a healthy summer. Mobile Care’s school-based clinics are the only chance many of our patient families have to access care. The second annual Cheer’s for Children’s Health will ensure over 400 children can access this essential health care before the end of the school year.

Where & When

Crystal Room at Union League Club of Chicago:
65 West Jackson – 5th Floor
Wed. May 8th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Toast at 6PM

Transportation & Parking

CTA: A short walk from the Harold Washington Library (State/Van Buren) Brown/Pink/Orange & the Jackson Red/Blue Line Stop.

Most convenient parking:

Valet Parking available at the Federal Street Entrance.
Self Parking available at the garage on the northwest corner of Federal and Van Buren. Special rates are available for guests with tickets that are validated at the Front Desk.


Jeff Butke, Development Manager


You may buy tickets here

Click here to sponsor a child’s care and we’ll have one in your honor.


FaceTime helps parents still ‘attend’ appointments when they can’t get off work

Telehealth.jpgAsthma Vans have begun using FaceTime and other video conferencing apps so parents who cannot get off work can still ‘attend’ their child’s visit.

Getting time off work to attend appointments has increasingly become a barrier for parents that rely on Mobile Care. This is especially true for parents of children with severe asthma. At first, getting a child’s asthma under control can require 3-6 appointments a year. Losing out on 3-6 more days of wages (on top of all the other things in life that come up) is simply not possible for some families.

After successfully piloting telehealth appointments this past year, Mobile Care has begun rolling out a launch at all 45 of its Asthma Van school sites. This program has the potential to allow the Asthma Vans to reach 20% more children with asthma.

Though asthma cannot be treated without parents being heavily involved, telehealth can ensure a child’s health doesn’t come at the expense of a day’s wages.

This program is a continuation of Mobile Care Chicago’s mission to help families overcome barriers to accessing health care with no-cost mobile clinics. With 80% of first-time patients to our mobile clinics reporting an inability to access more distant brick-and-mortar clinics, the Asthma and Dental Vans are an important resource for thousands of families. Thank you to our many donors for allowing our Asthma Vans to continue their legacy of innovation. A special thank you to Julie and Dennis McCrary for generously donating a new iPad to the Asthma Van so we could begin the telehealth pilot!

Board of Directors Open Application

Want to Make a Real Difference?

The Mobile Care Chicago Board of Directors is seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.

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Mobile Care Chicago’s mission is to deliver no-cost medical and preventative care, education, and support to low-income children and families within their native communities aboard mobile medical clinics.

Our Programs

Mobile Care Chicago fills gaps in health care access for children in low-income neighborhoods around Chicago. By sending no-cost mobile clinics to neighborhood schools, Mobile Care enables families that would otherwise struggle with cost, transportation, and time barriers to get necessary medical and dental care for their children.

Mobile Care focuses on providing asthma, allergy, and dental care. Unlike most other common pediatric health concerns, asthma and dental issues require specialty care that is often unavailable in the neighborhoods that need it the most.

Interested in learning more about this opportunity? Email us: boardsearch@MobileCareFoundation.org


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Mobile Care’s clinics are regularly able to reach families usually left out of the traditional healthcare system. In recent surveys, 80% of Asthma Van patients and over 90% of Mobile Dental Program patients reported that they were unable to access other providers before joining our mobile clinics.

This access to care is changing the Chicago healthcare landscape. Mobile Care’s Comprehensive Asthma Management Program has been able to cut school absenteeism and asthma emergency department use by over 50%. Similarly, in a pilot impact study of the Mobile Dental Program, the presentation of dental decay in one school district decreased from 53% to 25% after just one year of the Dental Program treating children.

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Mobile Care’s board members work collaboratively to direct and support an organization that has been providing healthcare to children in need for over 19 years. The board is made up of current and former health care providers as well as community members and professionals who come together to make policies and provide strategic direction and oversight.

As we prepare to enter our 20th year, this is a unique opportunity to set the course of the organization for years to come.

Mobile Care Needs YOU if . . .

  • You are passionate about children’s health care, especially asthma and dental
  • You are excited about being part of a hard-working team
  • You have the time and energy to spend 2-4 hours a month doing board work: attending board meetings, participating in committee work, and being an ambassador for Mobile Care in your community
  • You are motivated to become a great ambassador and prepared to learn new skills to succeed in this role

We’re especially interested in talking with you if:

  • You have been a leader on a non-profit board before and you are ready to bring your experience and insight to another organization
  • You are an experienced fundraiser, and enthusiastic about sharing your skills
  • You have expertise in marketing or PR
  • You come from a diverse background
  • You live or work in a neighborhood visited by our mobile clinics

Next Steps

Mobile Care is seeking to add 2-3 new members to serve a four -year term. Please email boardsearch@MobileCareFoundation.org to receive more detailed information about Mobile Care and the Board of Directors. Interested candidates should complete an application, and will be interviewed by our Recruiting Team.

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