A crucial part of our mission is to help children with asthma receive the free quality care they need. Even though it’s possible that some of you already know these facts, it’s important to highlight that asthma is still a concerning health situation that affects millions of Americans on a daily basis. Here are five of the most pressing facts about asthma. Let us know any other facts regarding this chronic illness. Information courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). 2019 National Health Interview Survey Data. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2019/data.htm and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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Mobile Care’s Medical Director Dr. Andrea Pappalardo explains bad allergies on The 21st Show episode “Extreme Allergies Are In The Air”
Mobile Care’s Medical Director, Dr. Andrea Pappalardo participated in the NPR podcast “The 21st Show” on July 12th and addressed the extreme allergies that are in the air this year, arguably worse than the last five years. Dr. Pappalardo spoke with Brian Mackey about the growing number of allergy patients she encounters and the ever-growing quantity of allergens in the air. She breaks down the causes and the effects of allergens that enter the body and the concerning number of patients suffering from adverse allergic reactions. Listen to the full episode in the link below to learn more about how 2022 has shown to be a bad year for allergy patients and why there are new unprecedented factors in the allergy field.
Cheers for Children’s Health was a success thanks to our many sponsors and supporters. A source of constant support is Dedication Health. Phil Sheridan, one of Dedication Health’s Founders, also happens to be one of the founders of Mobile Care Chicago. He still supports MCC patients, is on the board of MCC, and generously sponsors our clinics with his Dedication Health co-founder John E. Croghan, MD. Dedication Health is a concierge clinic located in northern Illinois that provides premium patient-tailored healthcare. With their board certified physicians, Dedication Health makes sure to eliminate the hassle and constraints of traditional patient-doctor relationships, and provide superb medical attention. Being an important organization in Illinois medicine, Dedication Health shares the desire to provide quality healthcare for people in need.
The help received was highly useful in the execution of the Cheers for Children’s Health fundraising event. However, Dedication Health’s 3-year sponsorship is helping our existing clinics continue to serve disinvested communities, even in such difficult times. It’s because of these contributions that we can continue caring for children all around the Chicagoland area. With this enormous help, reaching 10,000 patients by 2023 is a much more attainable goal. Thank you Dedication Health!
Mobile Care Chicago is an incredible organization providing medical and dental services to children around Chicago whose only commonality is they are all “children in need of services” that the existing healthcare system in our country has failed to provide. Every child deserves to be treated effectively, efficiently and with compassion – Mobile Care does just that for any child in need.- Philip Sheridan, MD
The results are in! Thanks to everyone that contributed to Cheers for Children’s health, we were able to raise $55,240! We couldn’t have done this without all of your support!
We’d also like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors, for making this event possible. Thank you to Arya Consulting Partners, Financial Renaissance, Signature Bank, Lopez & Company, Concord Group, Dedication Health, Revolution Brewing FLATS and AirAnswers
We can’t wait to see you all at our next event!
Food allergies can cause some mysterious symptoms, including asthma symptoms. At MCC, food allergy tests have helped us figure out triggers for our patients, like Eve in our last post. Have you ever gotten a food allergy test?
Help us reach more kids with free asthma/allergy health services by attending our annual event at FLATS on June 9!
Another great story from our very own Asthma Van! ❤️ Eve’s family struggled to understand the root of her allergic reactions, and saw themselves in dire emergency situations constantly. Thankfully after some investigating, and Dr. Pappalardo’s medical intuition, the cause was found and Eve has been able to avoid any extreme allergic reactions ever since! With parent’s collaboration and the MCC staff, all patients can live a life without the distraction of pain from a chronic health condition.
Make sure to register for Cheers for Children’s Health to learn more about what our program does and how you can help!
We’re excited to share a new Patient Story!
This time our story comes from the Dental Van, where our five year old patient Stella has shown great improvement in her oral health. Her parents learned some key information on their visits to the Dental Van and two years after that initial appointment she’s no longer dealing with cavities! We’re happy to see another family get the information they need to ensure a healthier lifestyle.
Help support our program and the families that receive treatment by sharing our mission with others, donating and coming to our event June 9th! Register Here.
Please join us for a fundraising event on Thursday, June 17! The evening will include a tour of our new mobile clinic (the flex van!), and a fundraiser to support our new COVID-19 vaccine clinics, where we reach communities who cannot easily access the vaccine. Your contribution will help us vaccinate homebound individuals in the Chicagoland area, and will enable us to serve 10,000 patients annually by 2023. Enjoy music, fire pits, and lots of space to lounge on the historic grounds of The Duncan in the West Loop. We recommend dressing comfortably and casually. Your ticket includes beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. In the case of rain, we will move to an indoor open-air space at the same location. The night is sure to be fun… and we hope to see you there!
Register for the event here!
We’d like to thank our friends at FLATS for generously providing us with a beautiful event space. Check out their amazing portfolio of amenity-rich living and event spaces at https://www.flatslife.com/.
We’d also like to thank our 2021 Sponsors: AirAnswers, Concord Group, Dedication Health, Signature Bank, and Financial Renaissance.
It’s been a minute since we’ve taken the time to catch up with our dental team! Program coordinator, Vicky, caught us up on all the latest happenings, and here is what she had to say!
- The Dental Van is excited to announce that they are obtaining a new pediatric sensor for their X-ray machine! It is a smaller sensor that is more conducive to pediatric dentist practices. The sensor will be used on patients ages 3-11 and it will allow the team to take more thorough X-rays of the mouth. The dental team is excited about this new piece of equipment as they have been wanting one for some time now.
- The van will be at District 167 from April 13th to April 16th and District 104 on April 19th and 20th. These dates are make-ups as the weather in February hindered the Dental Van visit. Mobile Care is excited to see kids back at school in person, as it allows us to see more patients!
- Six-month follow-up appointments are on their way. At the end of April, the dental team will be at Ridgeland and in May, the team will head to Midlothian
- As far as regions, the dental team has been working closely with Ada S McKinley sites. They have visited about 12 sites of theirs. Many are on the south side in neighborhoods where access to proper dental care is scarce.
Thank you, Vicky, for letting us know about these exciting updates! We are so proud of our dental team and are so appreciative of all their hard work.
Recently, Mobile Care Chicago received a generous donation from Claro Healthcare, a premier healthcare consulting firm in Chicago. Claro Healthcare collaborates with hospitals and health systems to help them navigate and overcome the unique challenges they face. With Claro Healthcare’s five core values of respect, collaboration, results, trust, and relevance fueling their work, Claro Healthcare helps clients successfully achieve sustainable value to fuel their mission.
“We are honored to help our clients, knowing it has a direct impact on the health and well-being of people in their communities. And right here in Chicago, Mobile Care plays a critical role in providing care for those who need it most. It is a supreme privilege for Claro Healthcare to help support this important mission.”Venanzio Arquilla, Managing Director at Claro Healthcare Chicago
Claro Healthcare made the unexpected and generous donation at a crucial time for Mobile Care. When we first heard from Claro Healthcare, we were in the process of purchasing two new vans, and running a fundraising campaign to help support this major expansion of our clinic programs. Thank you again to the Claro Healthcare team for supporting and understanding the work that Mobile Care does to reach those in need of free health services, especially in such difficult and unprecedented times.