Portsmouth City Health Dept. Adds Mobile Unit

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(Portsmouth)- The Portsmouth City Health Department announces the acquirement of a mobile health unit to take their services to the community.

The unit contains a triage room, a fully functioning exam room, cold storage for vaccines, and many other amenities. Funding for the unit was made possible through partnership with the Ohio HEALing Communities Study; a collaboration between The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, RecoveryOhio, and community leaders to identify what components of evidence-based interventions lead to preventing and reducing opioid misuse and overdose deaths.

Federal funding for the project was provided by the NIH HEAL Initiative https://heal.nih.gov/. The HEALing Communities study has been working in Scioto County since 2019.

“We encourage you to visit the website to find out more about the study and what you can do to help. In addition to reducing opioid overdose deaths though the distribution of Naloxone, the unit will be used to address the barrier of transportation to health care for the citizens of Portsmouth”, according to Portsmouth City Health Department news release.

“We will be able to go to the underserved populations in our community to provide a variety of health care services such as childhood and adult vaccines (including COVID, to age-appropriate persons), reproductive health and wellness, chronic disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) management and other types of community outreach. The Health Department Clinic is not licensed to do any type of pain management, for that you will need to seek other providers. Thank you to the HEALing Communities Study for making it possible to improve the health of the citizens of Portsmouth.”

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