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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.

Questions?

Contact:
Jeff Butke, Development Manager
JButke@MobileCareFoundation.org
773-254-4030

Tickets/Donations

You may buy tickets here

Or
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.

Our MissionIMG_05741

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.

Asthma Vans Win CHEST Foundation’s 2018 Community Service Award

IMG_6558Mobile Care Chicago was presented with the Community Service Award at the CHEST Foundation’s meeting in San Antonio on October 8th, 2018. The award is given to just three organizations in the country was in recognition of Mobile Care’s home environment assessment program. This program helps children and families with severe, uncontrolled allergic-asthma avoid the ER, miss less school, and breathe more easily.

In children with allergic asthma, allergens like dust, mold, mildew, and tobacco smoke, etc cause their lung airways to close. Mobile Care’s home assessment program couples clinic care with a community health worker to help families identify and eliminate triggers in their home.

Last year alone, with funding from the EPA Region 5, 50 children received home assessments and saw dramatic improvements in their asthma symptoms. They also missed less school and had to go to the ER less.

Mobile Care Chicago began providing home environment assessments in 2012 for children who struggled to breathe, and frequently ended up in local ER’s or even in intensive care for asthma. In 2013, we partnered with the local chapter of the American Lung Association to fix the problems we found in the homes of our patients. The ALA has been an incredible partner, providing vacuum cleaners, mattress and pillow covers that block allergens, cleaning solutions that can be used by people with asthma, and even in some extreme cases, gutting walls where mold has been found or replacing mattresses.

Mobile Care would like to thank all of the partners, donors, and foundations that have made this work possible. In the coming year, Mobile Care will work to expand this program and provide more of these life-changing home assessments for children with allergic-asthma.

Speediatrics Fun Day Festival

The Event

Join Mobile Care and the NASCAR Foundation at the Chicagoland Speedway for a free day of race-themed fun.

From 9AM to 11AM, there will be fun activities including:

  • Q&A with NASCAR drivers
  • Pinewood Derby car race
  • Pit stop tire race
  • Temporary tattoo station
  • and more

After Speediatrics, families are welcome to stay for a day of NASCAR racing. Kids under 12 get in free, and tickets for parents are $35. You do not have to stay the full day to have fun at Speediatrics. We welcome everyone!

RSVP

Where & When

Chicagoland Speedway – Champions Parks
500 Speedway Blvd
Joliet, IL 604333

Go through gate 4 and park for free in lots A or B

Questions?

Contact:
Jeff Butke, Development Manager
JButke@MobileCareFoundation.org
773-254-4030

Cheers for Children’s Health May 23rd

Please join us May 23rd for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a benefit hosted by Winston & Strawn and help us send mobile clinics to children in need of care.

 

 

Tickets/Donations

Picture of inviteTickets 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.

More about the Event

Please join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a benefit hosted by Winston & Strawn. Mobile Care sends mobile clinics to children in need and is committed to treating every child that enters our clinic – regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Help us continue to make that possible while enjoying an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and stunning city views.

Where & When

The event space at Winston & Strawn:
35 W Wacker – 47th Floor
Wed. May 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Transportation & Parking

CTA: A short walk from the State/Lake Red line stop and Clark/Lake Brown/Purple/Blue/Green/Pink/Orange line stop.

Most convenient parking: The Theatre District Parking (181 N. Dearborn) behind the building. It is a self park garage.

Questions?

Contact:
Jeff Butke, Development Manager
JButke@MobileCareFoundation.org
773-254-4030

Tickets/Donations

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

LogiQuip gives Mobile Care an Upgrade

IMG_08551LogiQuip, a healthcare storage solutions company, generously donated their time, products, and expertise to make us more efficient and even better prepared to deliver no-cost care to kids that need it the most.

Being a doctor’s office on wheels presents a lot of challenges-every inch matters. LogiQuip sent down two of their employees with storage solutions for the Asthma Vans’ home base. Our team is excited for a new system that will allow us to spend less time prepping and more time in the field helping kids stay healthy, happy, and active.

Thank you LogiQuip!

 

 

 

 

 

Roseland Community Initiative Honored with 25th Annual Premier Cares Award

The Roseland Community Initiative was launched by Mobile Care Chicago in 2013 in partnership with local schools and Roseland Community Hospital. The Initiative has three components:

  1. Asthma educators stationed within the hospital’s emergency department, as well as local schools, educate families on children’s respiratory issues and how to best manage them;
  2. Asthma Vans provide no-cost, ongoing, comprehensive medical care to effectively manage asthma and severe allergies. This shifts patients away from reliance on emergency medicine by ensuring that they have the routine care that they need; and
  3. Home inspections identify asthma triggers in the home and help families eliminate them.

This three-pronged approach has resulted in over 80% reduction in pediatric emergency department utilization for asthma. In addition, it has dramatically reduced hospitalizations and school absenteeism.

To date, Mobile Care Chicago has received three awards for the Roseland Community Initiative, underscoring just how impactful mobile medical clinics can be.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Mobile Care’s donors and the following organizations:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health, Title V Grant
  • American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
  • Field Foundation of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The Crown Family
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Albert Pick, Jr. Fund