The wraps came off a new 35-foot-long Bouvé Health and Wellness Van last spring. Bigger, brighter, and better than its predecessor, the van has two exam rooms instead of one, a small lab, and a teaching area.
While students have been taking health services into the community in a mobile van since 2003, the features and amenities of the new vehicle are designed to facilitate an ambitious expansion of Bouvé’s interdisciplinary education, research, and service missions.
2,000+ diabetes tests and vital-sign screenings per year
5,000+ immunizations per year
1,500+ HIV, STD, and hepatitis C tests per year
Students perform a mix of health education and clinical tasks, including HIV and mental-health screenings, vital-sign testing, vaccinations, and follow-up care, through partnerships with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Office of HIV/AIDS.
Also in the works is a new interdisciplinary curriculum open to all Bouvé College of Health Sciences students interested in this experiential service-learning opportunity.
Acquired with the support of Boston Scientific Foundation, which sponsors innovative community health efforts; healthcare device supplier Covidien; and the CVS Caremark Charitable trust, which funds community efforts toward better health, the new van will be on the move most days of the week.