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The Wayne Health Mobile Unit will unveil its new Americans with Disabilities-compliant van to provide health screenings and COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters at the June 7 Empower Brightmoor: Self Advocacy, Health Equity and Intersectionality Resource Fair.

The van, donated by Ford Motor Co., is also equipped with bins of sensory items donated by the Autism Alliance of American.

“Having an ADA complaint vehicle was critical to the growth of the Wayne Health Mobile Unit program,” said Phillip Levy, MD, MPH, chief innovation officer at Wayne Health and associate vice president of translational research at Wayne State. University. “We are working to remove barriers to care for underserved populations in metro Detroit. Thanks to the generosity of Ford, coupled with the DDI grant, we are able to deepen our community health awareness and impact with a new group of people. This is just our final step to help make our community healthier overall.

At the fair, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry, 16621 Lahser Road, Detroit, the Wayne Mobile Health Unit will offer vaccines and boosters, as well as screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and kidney function. ; blood pressure screening; COVID-19 testing; HIV testing; mental health screenings; and referral to health and care resources in the community. The show is presented by Michigan Vaccination Partners and co-sponsored by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute and Disability Rights Michigan.

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University recently received a three-year, $7 million grant to address COVID-19-related health disparities in Michigan. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of people with disabilities immunized, as well as their family members and caregivers; people confined to their homes or isolated; people with transportation limitations; and people living in communities with a high social vulnerability index.

The statewide project involves the Wayne Health Mobile Unit, the Integrated Biosciences Center, the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, the Office for Community Engaged Research and the Institute of Gerontology . Other partners include Michigan State University’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Rights Michigan, and The Arc Michigan.

The team aims to improve understanding of disproportionately affected populations and barriers to vaccination by cultivating and strengthening community partnerships, expanding and diversifying vaccination opportunities, and improving and disseminating messaging and education. around vaccination.

Wayne Health launched a drive-thru COVID testing program in March 2020 in Detroit and Dearborn days after the first cases in Michigan through a partnership with WSU Health Sciences and ACCESS. Initially focused on healthcare workers and first responders, it has expanded to other members of the community. To date, more than 63,000 people have received health care and/or been connected to social services through the mobile health program at more than 1,891 sites in the region.

The Wayne Health Mobile Unit represents the future of health care, providing “care your way, where you live and work,” with the long-term goal of improving population health outcomes.

Wayne Health is a nonprofit multispecialty physician group affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine. With nearly 400 physicians and advanced practice providers in 50 medical specialties, Wayne Health provides a full range of care, from birth to end of life, for individuals and families throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne Health’s multi-specialty clinics are conveniently located in Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield and Troy, with single-specialty clinics in Livonia (psychiatry), Monroe (dermatology) and Taylor (ophthalmology). For more information, visit www.waynehealthcares.org.

To make an appointment with a Wayne Health provider at Detroit Mack Health Center or another location, call 877 WAYNE-HC (877-929-6342). To learn more about Wayne Health, visit www.WayneHealthCares.org.

The Michigan Development Disabilities Institute is Michigan’s academic center of excellence for developmental disabilities and the home of Michigan leadership training in neurodevelopmental and related disorders. The mission of the institute is to contribute to the development of inclusive communities and the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families through a national program of interdisciplinary education, community support and service, research and the dissemination of information. culturally sensitive information. For more information, visit https://ddi.wayne.edu/

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.