Watch the video below for an inside look at the great efforts and positive impact of the Children's Well-Being Foundation in Costa Rica:
Our Mobile Health Clinic Launched in June 2016!
Thanks to one very generous donor, CWB owns this Mobile Health Clinic outright. Many other donors make it possible now to operate in many more locations to serve thousands of under served children.
Because of generous support of donors like you, CWB owns and serves our Mission with its Mobile Health Clinic. Our Director of Costa Rica Operations & Communication, Jean Carlo Brenes, plans and coordinates doctor exam visits in very low income “precarios” with thousands of children throughout Costa Rica. Locations are predetermined through the government social system CAJA, the Red Cross and others. Our clinics continue to find and arrange treatment for minor and major problems. Our goal continues to be to find and prevent major medical problems from ending a young life or negatively impacting a child's life.
In 2016, without our Mobile Health Clinic, we were limited to servicing the medical needs of families in only a small part of the central valley in San Jose (the capital). In 2017 we visited 22 different locations from coast to coast. We visited Cobano, Puntarenas (Pacific coast), Limón (Atlantic coast), Chirripo (indigenous area) as far as 200 miles from San Jose, Turrialba, Grano de Oro and Quetza.
· Through November 2017 CWB examined 4,329 children, up 25% over all of 2016.
· In 2017 CWB averaged 394 exams per month, up 36% over 2016.
Our fundraising efforts are now directed towards sustaining our Mobile Clinic and aggressively expanding our child examination efforts in partnership with the Red Cross, Costa Rican government agencies and other local social services locations as we have in the past.
Check out a recent study on the impact of mobile health clinics:
The scope and impact of mobile health clinics in the United States: a literature review
Stephanie W. Y. Yu1*, Caterina Hill2, Mariesa L. Ricks3,4, Jennifer Bennet5 and Nancy E. Oriol6,7
Yu et al. International Journal for Equity in Health (2017) 16:178 DOI 10.1186/s12939-017-0671-2
Abstract: As the U.S. healthcare system transforms its care delivery model to increase healthcare accessibility and improve health outcomes, it is undergoing changes in the context of ever-increasing chronic disease burdens and healthcare costs. Many illnesses disproportionately affect certain populations, due to disparities in healthcare access and social determinants of health. These disparities represent a key area to target in order to better our nation’s overall health and decrease healthcare expenditures. It is thus imperative for policymakers and health professionals to develop innovative interventions that sustainably manage chronic diseases, promote preventative health, and improve outcomes among communities disenfranchised from traditional healthcare as well as among the general population. This article examines the available literature on Mobile Health Clinics (MHCs) and the role that they currently play in the U.S. healthcare system. Based on a search in the PubMed database and data from the online collaborative research network of mobile clinics MobileHealthMap.org, the authors evaluated 51 articles with evidence on the strengths and weaknesses of the mobile health sector in the United States. Current literature supports that MHCs are successful in reaching vulnerable populations, by delivering services directly at the curbside in communities of need and flexibly adapting their services based on the changing needs of the target community. As a link between clinical and community settings, MHCs address both medical and social determinants of health, tackling health issues on a community-wide level. Furthermore, evidence suggest that MHCs produce significant cost savings and represent a cost-effective care delivery model that improves health outcomes in underserved groups. Even though MHCs can fulfill many goals and mandates in alignment with our national priorities and have the potential to help combat some of the largest healthcare challenges of this era, there are limitations and challenges to this healthcare delivery model that must be addressed and overcome before they can be more broadly integrated into our healthcare system.
A growing body of literature supports that MHCs are a successful and cost-effective model of healthcare delivery uniquely positioned to assess and fulfill the needs of underserved populations nation-wide. Through the act of driving directly into communities and opening their doors on the steps of their target clients, mobile clinics have been shown to be able to engage and gain the trust of vulnerable populations. Because MHCs can overcome many healthcare barriers, services provided by the MHCs have been shown to improve individual health outcomes, advance population health, and reduce healthcare costs compared to traditional clinical settings. Serving as a stepping-stone between the clinic and the community, MHCs are able to address both medical and social determinants of health, and have the potential to play an important role in our evolving healthcare system. Continuous research must be carried out to address the limitations and improve the capacity of MHCs, increase the cost-effectiveness of MHCs’ services, and mine both qualitative and quantitative data to champion a more widespread integration of MHCs into different health structures in order to combat some of the largest healthcare challenges of this era
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