Since 2015, the Fresno State Mobile Health Unit, through the School of Nursing, has provided free healthcare services to more than 18,000 patients. Tomorrow, the unit will hit the road again for the fall 2022 semester, providing health and blood pressure screenings and COVID-19 boosters to Fresno County residents.
Recent nursing student Ciena Long says the ability to give back to vulnerable communities means everything.
“I think it’s really important to make the unseen feel seen, and acknowledged and heard, especially underserved populations because if we are not looking out for them, then who is? Through the Mobile Health Unit and through nursing, we are able to be that voice for them and let them know that they actually do make a difference in our community,” Long said.
There will be four stops in September, including:
- Cherry Avenue Auction (4640 S. Cherry Ave., Fresno, CA 93706) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13.
- The Big Red Church (2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, CA 93704) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept 22.
- Mosqueda Bike Park (4670 Butler Ave., Fresno, CA 93702) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
- Reedley Community College (995 N. Reed Ave., Reedley, CA 93654) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in partnership with Reedley Community College’s Community Health and Wellness Fair.
Residents can receive diabetes and blood pressure screenings, as well as health assessments, nutrition information and referrals. The COVID-19 Pfizer Bivalent boosters will also be available for those ages 12 and up who have received their primary shots or last booster dose two months prior, while supplies last. Walk-in patients will be accepted and no appointment is needed.
The Sept. 22 and Sept. 27 dates are in collaboration with Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula’s community resource fairs aimed at providing information from local agencies in health care, education, legal aid, workforce development and immigration services.
During President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval’s fall assembly, he announced that the Mobile Health Unit will be awarded $4 million in state funding to purchase two brand-new, custom mobile health units thanks to the University’s valued partnership with Arambula, who helped secure the funding. With the addition of two new mobile health units, the College of Health and Human Services will be able to expand services throughout the region, and offer opportunities for interprofessional collaboration to students and faculty in various disciplines throughout the University.
To view future dates during the semester and to learn more, visit the Mobile Health Unit website.