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UofL partners with city in mobile health unit

February 15th, 2007

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Lee Mayer, director of Community Dental Health at the School of Dentistry, treats a young patient in the new mobile health unit.

The University of Louisville has joined with Metro Louisville to help provide residents in medically underserved areas with health care. President James Ramsey, Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Adewale Troutman and Mayor Jerry Abramson dedicated a mobile health unit Feb. 13 at Louisville’s Western Middle School.

“The new mobile unit will allow us to bring our services into underserved areas or into areas that can benefit from services being delivered through another venue,” said Troutman, who also is a UofL faculty member.

The unit will be used in collaboration with the UofL School of Dentistry and Jefferson County Public Schools to bring preventive dental services and immunizations to elementary and middle school children.

“The mobile unit’s deployment to hard-to-reach populations is squarely in line with the mission of the University of Louisville,” Ramsey said, noting that it was especially fitting that its first stop was Western Middle School.

“Western is one of five West Louisville schools that UofL has embraced as a part of our Signature Partnership initiative, he said. “The Signature Partnership is a joint effort between UofL, Metro government, JCPS and other community partners to enhance the quality of life for residents of West Louisville.”

The mobile health unit is one of several projects that UofL will undertake in the area to help improve the educational, health, economic and social status of individuals and families in the community.

The fully equipped, multifunction 40-foot unit was purchased with a $245,000 grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It is equipped with exam tables that fold into chairs that function for dental procedures and has a lead-lined wall for x-rays. The unit also is fully handicapped accessible with a wheelchair lift.

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