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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

 

Receiving Quality Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many barriers to receiving comprehensive, quality, dental care. On top of struggling to obtain dental insurance and/or pay for costly services, parents are often unable to miss work for their child’s appointment. Mobile Care’s Dental Program uses mobile clinics to reach, treat, and provide follow-up care to children who cannot easily access dental services.

These days, everyday struggles have become much more challenging. Dental offices were among the first medical facilities to close during the pandemic because the tools used by dentists pose such a high safety risk for staff disease contraction. The three months of closure was crippling for local dentists, and virtually all practices had to add expensive safety upgrades to their clinics. As profit margins at for-profit dental offices become tight, and because Illinois ranks 46th of the 50 States in Medicaid reimbursement rates, dentists are able to accept fewer Medicaid or uninsured patients. As a result, at a time when a greater volume of patients need care, there are fewer options. This presents yet another barrier to families who already have difficulties getting dental care for their children. Now that our Dental Van is back on the road, Mobile Care Chicago is committed to easing the burden of this problem by providing dental care for children at no cost to families.

With our comprehensive mobile clinics, we’re able to perform X-rays, complex restorative procedures, educate on oral health, and provide routine cleanings. Working in conjunction with over 80 schools and Head Start Groups, the program provides services to over 5,000 children. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our mobile clinics were recently renovated with safety upgrades that far exceed national and industry guidelines for clinic safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are excited to be back out there helping our Chicagoland area communities! We’ve been connecting with food pantries, local organizations, and churches to make sure children have access to dental care even with remote learning in place for Fall 2020. Feel free to contact us at dentalvan@mobilecarefoundation.org if you are interested in having our mobile clinic on site. Or, if you’d like to make an appointment for your child, check out our schedule or call 312-543-5693.

The Dental Van is Back!

 

Book Your Appointment today!

call: 312-543-5693 or email: dentalvan@mobilecarefoundation.org

Dental Van Locations and Schedule here

 

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

To ensure patient safety, the Dental Van was upgraded. Check out the upgrades here!

For more information on our Mobile Dental Program, click here!

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. 

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