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Public Health on Wheels: Buncombe County Rolls Out New Mobile Unit


Buncombe County Public Health Launches Mobile Health Unit to Enhance Community Access

On June 13, 2024, Buncombe County Public Health unveiled a new mobile health unit designed to expand access to essential public health services across Buncombe County. This initiative marks a significant advancement in the county’s efforts to provide equitable healthcare to all its residents.

The community is asked to help name the new mobile health unit. Click here to submit your ideas! 

The mobile health unit is a pivotal development for the Public Health Department and embodies the spirit of public health by increasing access to core public health services. Mobile unit services include the administration of life-saving vaccines, rapid testing for HIV and Hepatitis C, and other vital public health interventions. A focus on strengthening partnerships, preventing the spread of communicable disease, and protecting the public's health are the drivers of this new mobile unit. 

Dr. Ellis Matheson, the Buncombe County Public Health Director, emphasized the importance of this initiative. “Community members should have the opportunity to access public health services, resources, and education where they live, work, and play for whole person health,” Dr. Matheson stated. This approach aligns with the department’s commitment to promoting health equity and ensuring that all residents have access to the care they need.

The mobile health unit currently offers a range of services, including:

  • Vaccinations and vaccine record reviews
  • Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing
  • Harm reduction resources and education
  • Community resource navigation
  • Health education

Residents can view the mobile health unit’s schedule to find out when and where these services will be available.

The team's calendar can be viewed here.

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Updated Jun 14, 2024 02:58 PM
Published Jun 10, 2024 04:00 PM

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