HOPE Mobile is retiring
last day of service
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[June 06, 2013]
In the spring of 1998, the first
mobile health unit began its journey on the rural roads of Logan and
eastern Mason County. Developed and coordinated by the Healthy
Communities Partnership, the "corn bus" -- known for its bold
exterior graphics -- made primary and preventive health care more
accessible by bringing the services of Family Medical Center and the
Logan County Department of Public Health to smaller communities.
Common services included blood pressure screenings, physicals and
vaccinations. Ten years later, in 2008, dental services were
identified as a community need, and a new HOPE Mobile featuring a
dental clinic began serving the community to provide dental care to
Over the last 15 years, however, the health care landscape in
Logan County has changed. Now, a fixed dental clinic is located at
the Logan County Department of Public Health, and public
transportation is available throughout the county. Residents can now
more easily access needed health care services.
Meanwhile, obesity is on the rise in the community. In 2003, 56
percent of Logan County adults were either overweight or obese.
Today, that number is greater than 66 percent. And, chronic diseases
that accompany obesity, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease,
are now affecting many more of our friends and neighbors.
Since its inception, the Healthy Communities Partnership has
adjusted to meet the changing needs of the community. Today is no
exception. The partnership must shift its focus and position itself
to address these new challenges. Therefore, on July 31, after 15
years of dedicated service, the HOPE Mobile will be retired.
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Even though you will no longer see the mobile unit on the road,
the work of the Healthy Communities Partnership is far from over. A
new task force has been created to specifically address obesity,
cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and will continue the
partnership's efforts to promote healthy behaviors, encourage
healthy families and more.
The vision of the Healthy Communities Partnership is to create
the healthiest community in America. By taking these steps and
positioning for the future, the partnership believes it will be one
step closer to realizing that vision.
There will be a retirement party for the mobile health unit on
Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Wombacher Room at ALMH.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]