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.
On March 11, Mobile Care Chicago hosted it’s very first virtual fundraiser! Forthright Winery shipped over 161 tasting kits containing vials of their award winning wine, and hosted a wonderful tasting on zoom. Thanks to the winemakers at Forthright, our event emcee, and most importantly the participation of everyone in attendance, the night was a huge success! Over 100 people attended, and it was a night filled with fun trivia, familiar faces, and of course some delicious wine! We want to extend a personal thank you to The Concord Group for sponsoring this event.
We were able to raise $11,730. This exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us. This money will help our team provide many more services to those who need it most. Specifically, we will be able to provide:
195 Allergy Consult Appointments
1,368 COVID-19 Tests and Follow-ups
Physicals and Immunizations for 586 Children
195 Complete Dental Appointments for New Patients
The generosity of many enables us to continue to be a flexible, adaptable organization, one that can rise to new challenges quickly, without ever turning anyone who needs our services away. Thank you for your continued support as we move forward with our mission of serving disinvested neighborhoods around the Chicago area.
Mobile Care Chicago is excited to partner with Forthright Winery to host a virtual wine tasting fundraiser!
Forthright Winery is a Napa Valley based winery, co-founded by one of our dedicated board members, Ed Stritch. The winery uses the finest fruits to produce premier, elegant, hand-crafted Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and an exclusive Bordeaux-style blend.
“[Forthright Winery] creates wines that are bright, fresh and lively with distinguished acidity and often lower pH. These are wines built to age and in several cases, Forthright has done the aging for their consumers – up to 4 and 5 years post vintage date before release.” – The Napa Wine Project
A ticket purchase registers you for the event. Registration includes a delivery of 4 vials of different, award-winning, Forthright wines to be tasted during the live zoom, hosted by the Forthright Winery winemakers themselves!
Tickets are $60 each, and 100% of ticket proceeds will benefit Mobile Care Chicago, helping us achieve our goal of serving 10,000 children annually by 2023, and will also help us in expanding and upgrading our mobile clinics.
Forthright believes that “good company deserves good wine.” Please join us for a night of both as we drink good wine, enjoy good (virtual) company and support the mission and work of Mobile Care Chicago.
Over the last twenty years of service, Mobile Care has consistently made upgrades in our clinics and in our overall model-of-care. We think it is important to adapt to new technologies and new ways of thinking in order to support our clinic staff in providing the best care possible.
Most recently, our vans have been upgraded to include zero-emission battery bank generators. This gives us the opportunity to plug in more canopy tents, which will allow us to provide different services on one mobile clinic (in a socially distanced manner).
Making this switch also keeps our mobile clinics free of exhaust and pollution, which better supports our Asthma patients, their communities, and the environment as a whole. This upgrade to our existing clinics has provided a safer, quieter, and more environmentally friendly experience for our staff and patients.
In 2020, we’ve invested over $25,000 in upgrades to keep our clinics efficient, clean, and safe. We are currently raising money to make sure our newest clinics are fitted with the same upgrades- to make a donation, click here: https://mobilecare.squarespace.com/donate
The Mobile Care Chicago Board of Directors is seeking passionate, diverse, and experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.
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 communities aboard mobile medical clinics.
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 quality 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.
We also provide no-cost Physicals and Immunizations, and have partnered with Howard Brown Health to provide mobile COVID-19 testing to disinvested Chicagoland communities.
What Makes Mobile Care Chicago Unique?
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.
We also pride ourselves on being an organization that can quickly adapt to the needs of our community. Because of the mobile nature of our clinics and staff, we were able to deliver medication straight to our patients at the beginning of the pandemic, and we are also capable of allowing partner organizations to use our mobile clinics to get other necessary health services out to the community. We are working to grow our fleet and and overall adaptability in the near future.
Mobile Care Chicago’s Board
Mobile Care’s board members work collaboratively to direct and support an organization that has been providing healthcare to children in need for over 20 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 our 20th year in service comes to an end -with lots of new progress, change, and overcoming new challenges – this is a unique opportunity to set the course of the organization for years to come.
Mobile Care Chicago is currently the medical/dental provider for 6,000 children. By 2023, we will serve over 10,000 children per year.
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES INCLUDE: • Expanding and upgrading our mobile programs • Building support for parents and families toward a holistic health focus • Use advanced analytics to deliver care to neighborhoods without medical access
Mobile Care Chicago 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 to 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
Mobile Care is seeking to add 2-3 new members to serve a two-year term. Please email boardsearch@MobileCareFoundation.orgto 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.