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Inspirotec and Mobile Care Partner to Bring AirAnswers to Chicago Families

This year, we’ve gained a partnership, sponsorship, and clinical study with an airborne allergen detection company called Inspirotec and their innovative device: AirAnswers. 

Mobile Care Chicago has recently partnered with Inspirotec, Inc. to provide our patients and their families with an air monitoring device called AirAnswers. It is an in-home, airborne allergens, bacteria, and virus collection system. Since 2018, we’ve offered in-home environment assessments, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entering the homes of our patients puts them at risk. Our staff has started to implement the AirAnswers device in their assessments by delivering them to the participating families, contact free. The family then just plugs in their AirAnswers device, allowing it to begin sampling the air in their home. 

“We are fortunate to provide help to those suffering from poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic with our patented AirAnswers solution, remote customer care in support of this tele-med Allergy and Asthma EPA sponsored clinical study,”  says Dr. Julian Gordon, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Inspirotec.

With the information gathered from the device, we will be able to more effectively help our families create a home environment that is conducive to the health and safety of an asthma patient. Home environment assessments by Asthma Educators allow families to understand and remove potential triggers from their home, such as dust mites, mold, tobacco smoke, cleaning products, and more.

Patient Services Manager, Kamari, hands off the AirAnswers Device to the mother of an asthma patient.

Mobile Care Chicago will concurrently work with Inspirotec to conduct a clinical study of whether AirAnswers helps to raise Asthma Control Test scores and lower ER utilization and

hospitalizations in the home assessment cohort. In addition to this innovative project, Inspirotec is sponsoring the Asthma Van for the next three years (decal reveal coming soon!). 

Mobile Care Chicago is thrilled to work with a company whose values align with its mission and who have an overall dedication to using technology to innovate and improve the lives of asthma and allergy patients.

Mobile Care Chicago gets a new LOGO!

As we reflect on the past for our 20th Anniversary Fundraiser (click here to donate: https://mobileca.re/20thAnniversary ) a lot of new, exciting things are happening as well!

For several months, as part of our communications strategy, we’ve been working on a new logo as well as new messaging materials. We worked with donors Hilary A. and Michael M. (they have two sons who are patients of MCC founder, Paul Detjen) to talk about what our mission meant and how we could better express it. Hilary then put us in touch with Eva O., an advertising wiz who understands asthma on a personal level. Eva worked with a creative team (Greg and Monica!) on our behalf to develop a new logo. We’d like to thank everyone involved for their beautiful work, and for making sure we ended up with the perfect logo (we did! Check it out below)

With the help of our donor community, we were able to work with a professional advertising team, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We are excited to use this logo for years to come. 

Our 20th Anniversary Donation Link is LIVE!

Over the past few months, we’ve been creating content around the past 20 years of Mobile Care, and the people who got us to where we are today. At the same time, we’ve been working on what’s next for Mobile Care, and what we need to get there.

https://mobileca.re/20thAnniversary

When you donate to Mobile Care Chicago, you help your neighbors, your schools, and your community stay healthy.

Mobile Care Chicago plans to expand treatment to 10,000 patients annually by 2023. Your donation will help us achieve this goal! Please help raise $20,000 to launch two new “Flex” Vans (vans that can adapt to a variety of different clinic settings).These Flex Vans will expand our ability to provide COVID-testing, comprehensive asthma and dental services, as well as take on new services.

Click here to take an interactive look at the last 20 years, and to donate. Sharing this link makes a big difference- drop it in a text, email, or facebook post and encourage someone to learn more about what we do at MCC!

Our 20th Anniversary Celebration Begins!

Many of our current readers may know the story of how Mobile Care came to be. After learning of the tragic reports of asthma-related deaths in Chicago, four Chicagoland physicians — Dr. Philip Sheridan, Sr., Dr. Philip Sheridan, Jr., Dr. Paul Detjen, and Dr. Eric H. Gluck — were inspired to form Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation (now Mobile Care Chicago) in 1998.

In 2000, Mobile Care’s first mobile clinic, originally named The Breathmobile, was launched. 

Over the next few weeks, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary by sharing stories from those who have gotten us to where we are today. We hope you learn more about us, and share our story with a friend. We will also be opening up donations to help us achieve our future goals in helping kids in Chicago access the health services they need, as well as helping our community fight the pandemic. To those of you following our blog, look out for new content, and a link to our 20th Anniversary Website, which will go live next week.

Our goal in this celebration is to not only raise money, but to also spread awareness. We encourage you to share the content we post throughout the next few weeks with a friend or family member who might not know about Mobile Care Chicago, or those who might not know how hard it is for many kids in Chicago to access life-changing health services.

Asthma Van Design Contest Results!

We are excited to announce that Judith Mayer is the artist responsible for creating our new Asthma Van decal! The design contest was a huge success, and we loved meeting artists from all around the Chicago area. We tallied votes across our clinic, staff, and board members, in a few rounds of voting. With over 15 talented artists in the running, it was difficult to narrow it down to three finalists, and one design to cover the Asthma Van.

Judith has been in the graphic design business for over 20 years, and has a history of working with various non profits. We are so excited to use Judith’s beautiful design for our very new Asthma Van! If you know any businesses that may be interested in sponsoring the Asthma Van (their logo will be featured on Judith’s design and seen all around the city) feel free to contact us about a sponsorship- simply reach out to rlessing@mobilecarefoundation.org.

Thanks you to everyone who participated in the Decal Design Contest. Your enthusiasm was much appreciated.

Without further ado…. here is Judith’s Van Design! Stay tuned to see an IRL reveal and some more fun announcements relating to this contest and the Asthma Van!

Asthma Van Decal Design Finalist: Meet Zakia Rowlett

Recently, we held a Call For Artists, where Chicago artists/designers could submit their portfolios, and a few finalists would be selected and compensated to create a mock-up of the decal that will cover our Asthma Van. After an internal vote, three finalists were selected. We are really excited to work with them and wanted to introduce each finalist over the next few days!

So with that, meet Zakia Rowlett!

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Zakia Rowlett. I got started in Graphic Design, my second semester of college. I’ve always been crafty as a child. I did things like crushing up tile and making a mosaic table top for my moms kitchen table. It was not until my second semester as a freshman that I decided to transfer to The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, after realizing the school I was currently attending was not so much for corporate design. While I attended AI I got lots of training in design fundamentals and realized the never ending avenues Graphic Design offered. I also got into screen printing which then took my creativity to new heights.

Are you from Chicago? What are a few of your favorite Chicago spots?

I’m actually from Dallas, Texas. I lived there with all of my family, then my mother and I traveled to Chicago alone, where I grew to be myself. But I was raised by Southern parents and visited Texas up until adulthood, so I feel like Texas is my spirits home. But, Chicago is where I’ve become so much of the woman I am today.

Some of my favorite spots here are: MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). The parks (Hyde Park, Garfield Park, & Humboldt Park) I really enjoy walks in the park and riding my bike! Swap-O-rama! was always excited to go there with my mom when I was younger. It was always so much going on there and they had good food… and Lake Shore Drive!

How did you find Mobile Care Chicago? How do you connect with the work and/or mission of Mobile Care?

A friend of mine sent me an email about it. Asthma runs in my family, it’s been something I’ve struggled and overcome all my life. So I immediately appreciated the mission, and thought being a part of this would be awesome.

Name a few artists who inspire you.

Lya Finston (@thehottestdjinmiami) Ruby Figueroa (@rubynacks), Paula Scher, Saul Bass, Lisa Armstrong (@lisaarmstrong) Kerry James Marshall, and Samntha Smyser (@samnthamadethat)

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

My message within my personal work usually goes back to self reflection and the topic of being a human in general but also through the lens of a black woman. I think a lot about perspective. I challenge traditional compositions by experimenting with typography, and texture. My work feels personal, but I like the viewers to have space to make their own interpretations. I have a mission to push positivity, and strength through the power of words/shape. Through my art I want people to remember that we are more than the current state of where we are on earth, there’s a lot to unravel. So I try to get in people’s minds by making them spend a little more time figuring out what things are/mean to them.

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

Next in life I hope to keep climbing higher in recognition from the projects I’m associated with. I want to be an important figure in Design, Environmental Issues, and Printmaking. I’ve unexpectedly walked into my journey as a full time independent artist when the Pandemic hit, which has been scary, and very empowering. It actually opened some doors for me, and now I see myself being involved in more projects pertaining to the environment, social topics that are near and dear to me, and a successful selling print maker.

You can find me on Instagram @kianije

Asthma Van Decal Design Finalist: Meet Judith Mayer

Recently, we held a Call For Artists, where Chicago artists/designers could submit their portfolios, and a few finalists would be selected and compensated to create a mock-up of the decal that will cover our Asthma Van. After an internal vote, three finalists were selected. We are really excited to work with them and wanted to introduce each finalist over the next few days!

So with that, meet Judith Mayer!

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Judith Mayer, an illustrator, designer, and painter. I have a BFA from Ball State University where I studied graphic design and fine arts. My first jobs out of school were in corporate communications and website design. Over 20 years ago, I started my own practice and have since worked on a variety of projects from neon signs and murals to logos and books. I currently focus on illustration and lettering in my work to respond to the need for unique visuals in this age of stock photos and free fonts. My clients come to me for bespoke solutions, and I love solving problems.

by Judith Mayer

Are you from Chicago? What are a few of your favorite Chicago spots?

I was raised in Northlake and Schaumburg and have lived various places in Indiana until, after college, I moved back to Chicago to work. I have lived in several neighborhoods and am currently in Uptown. The arts community is so large and diverse here, but a few favorite places are Spudnik Press Cooperative, Lillstreet Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Wrightwood 659, and Smart Museum of Art. 

How did you find Mobile Care Chicago? How do you connect with the work and/or mission of Mobile Care?

Spudnik Press shared the call for art with their community of artists. The majority of my commissioned work is for non-profits. I connect strongly with organizations that have a clear mission and philosophy, which I think is more common in nonprofits. The people leading these organizations are typically very passionate about the work they do—they aren’t solely there for the paycheck.

Name a few artists who inspire you: 

I am inspired by many artists who don’t work in the style or medium that I do, but I admire their approach and their process: Corita Kent, Bisa Butler, Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman, Eva Hesse, Amy Sherald, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Alice Neel, Hilma af Klint, Lee Krasner, Cipe Pineles, and Ray Eames to name but a few.

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

I like to make work that makes you happy when you look at it, so I typically use a bold, cheery color palette. The bonus is it puts me in a good mood while I’m working on it! I am particularly interested in type and letters and want to spread my love and admiration of alphabets. Communication relies heavily, even in this digital age, on sets of shapes that we recognize—even when they take infinite forms. The shapes themselves communicate feelings and emotions beyond the words they make. I want people to see the trees for the forest.

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’m creating some new paintings, after a burst of doing murals the last two years, that are focused on letters and words. I’m working toward showing them in more galleries. And I hope to continue to work for amazing clients. I love a challenge, so designing in new mediums and for new industries is what I always hope to be doing. I would also love to illustrate some book covers—for old school, printed books, not digital, so I could use spot varnish, foil, debossing, fluorescent ink, or other printed effects!
judithmayer.com
Instagram: @judithmayercreative 

Asthma Van Decal Design Finalist: Meet Shannon Bonds

Recently, we held a Call For Artists, where Chicago artists/designers could submit their portfolios, and a few finalists would be selected and compensated to create a mock-up of the decal that will cover our Asthma Van. After an internal vote, three finalists were selected. We are really excited to work with them and wanted to introduce each finalist over the next few days!

With that, meet Shannon Bonds! You can find Shannon over at https://www.shannonbmarketing.com/.

What is your name and how did you get started in art and design? My name is Shannon Bonds and I have always been a creative person. I loved doodling and crafting as a child and always wanted a job where I could continue to use my creative mind. After school, I got a job in design by complete accident and really fell in love with it and have been moving in that direction ever since. 

Highwood Public Library, Design by Shannon Bonds

Name a few artists who inspire you: 

Kristle Marshall @kristhecreative

Kirby Mack @kirbymack

Ade Hogue @adehogue

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

I hope my designs inspire women, especially black women like myself, to just start. We are so powerful, so creative, and so amazing, and the world deserves to see us just being. I have been so inspired by black women just making life happen for themselves, their families, and their communities, and I hope I can do the same for someone else.

Leaders United Series, Design by Shannon Bonds

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?

Honestly, this competition was a huge step for me. I think I have been holding myself back because I have felt like an imposter in this industry but I want to stop that. Just being apart of this project has given me so much motivation to put myself out there and be open to any and all opportunities that come my way. I would love to design more large scale projects such as billboards or murals, but I just want to keep creating, that’s what I love. 

Juneteenth, Design by Shannon Bonds https://www.shannonbmarketing.com/

4 services! 3 vans! 1 site!

This Saturday, August 29th, most of our clinics will be in one place– 942 N Lockwood Ave, Chicago, IL. This occurrence is rare (and exciting!). The clinics will be at a socially-distanced back-to-school event on the West Side. Along with The Perfect Vision Campaign and Howard Brown Health, we hope to make it easy for kids to access many necessary health services in a fun environment. Read on for details!

We will be offering the following services at no-cost for kids (age 0-19):

Eye Exams and Vision Screenings brought to you by Perfect Vision

Dental Services and Exams that fulfill school requirements

Physicals and Immunizations by the Asthma Van Team

COVID-19 Testing (for kids and adults!) with Howard Brown Health

Show up at 942 N Lockwood Ave. Chicago, IL. 60651 any time between 10am-2pm. If you have a medical card, please bring it with you, along with glasses if your child wears them.

If you wish to make advance appointments with individual clinics for 8/29, contact:

Physicals + Immunizations: call 773-295-2274

Dental: call 312-543-5693

The Asthma Van Returns- with no-cost Physicals and Immunizations

Over the past few months, our amazing asthma and allergy team has worked with patients via telehealth appointment.

While we are happy with the success of telehealth appointments during COVID-19, we are so excited to announce the return of the Asthma Van in real life, and hope to see some familiar (and new!) faces.

You can read about our clinic upgrades here, which were made to keep our patients, staff members, and communities safe.

Mobile Care Chicago’s Asthma Van is a specialty mobile clinic equipped with diagnostic equipment and medications designed to diagnose and treat children with asthma and severe allergies at no cost, in their own neighborhoods.

In addition to our asthma and allergy services, Mobile Care will be providing no-cost physicals and immunizations on the Asthma Van. All you have to do is check out our schedule, book an appointment, and keep the following in mind:

  • Immunizations + Physicals are available for children up to age 18.
  • If your child wears glasses, please bring their glasses to the appointment.
  • If you have a medical card, please bring it with you.

Click here to view the Asthma Van Schedule!

Call 773-295-2274 to book an appointment!

We ask for your help as a parent/guardian to protect us and our other patients:

  • Book your appointment in advance to avoid long wait times
  • Only one parent/guardian can accompany the patient on the vehicle
  • You and your child will receive a temperature check before you enter the vehicle
  • Please wear a mask at all times in the vehicle
  • Siblings of the patient will not be allowed on the vehicle at this time
  • Let us know if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who had COVID-19

 

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