Knowledgeable neighbors: A mobile clinic model for disease prevention and screening in underserved communities

Caterina Hill, David Zurakowski, Jennifer Bennet, Rainelle Walker-White, Jamie L. Osman, Aaron Quarles, Nancy Oriol

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The Family Van mobile health clinic uses a "Knowledgeable Neighbor" model to deliver cost-effective screening and prevention activities in underserved neighborhoods in Boston, MA. We have described the Knowledgeable Neighbor model and used operational data collected from 2006 to 2009 to evaluate the service. The Family Van successfully reached mainly minority low-income men and women. Of the clients screened, 60% had previously undetected elevated blood pressure, 14% had previously undetected elevated blood glucose, and 38% had previously undetected elevated total cholesterol. This represents an important model for reaching underserved communities to deliver proven cost-effective prevention activities, both to help control health care costs and to reduce health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-410
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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