The Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity hosted a free mobile health clinic in Boston’s Rox­bury neigh­bor­hood on Wednesday in sup­port of World AIDS Day, which is today. The clinic offered free testing and health edu­ca­tion to at-​​risk com­mu­nity members.

Fac­ulty and stu­dents in the School of Nursing admin­is­tered rapid HIV tests and other screen­ings using the college’s Health in Motion van, which was parked out­side the Agape House of Prayer on Blue Hill Avenue, one of the neighborhood’s main thor­ough­fares. The prayer space served as addi­tional space for the clinic, which also included testing for other sex­u­ally trans­mitted dis­eases and a variety of other health screen­ings and immu­niza­tions was also available.

Clin­ical instruc­tors Ann Hill and Catherine O’Connor operate the Health in Motion van, which is equipped to pro­vide health edu­ca­tion and basic screening and immu­niza­tion ser­vices. It is used by Bouvé as an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, expe­ri­en­tial learning and research tool that enables North­eastern to extend ser­vice learning, health edu­ca­tion and health pro­mo­tion into the sur­rounding com­mu­nity, which gives stu­dents a chance to gain valu­able expe­ri­ence for pro­fes­sional practice.

On Wednesday, sev­eral nursing stu­dents used the van for the first time, including senior Lauren Vogel, who stressed the impor­tance of reaching out to at-​​risk com­mu­ni­ties to offer health testing and vaccinations.

I think it’s great that we can get out and do this,” Vogel said. “This way, we’re taking health care to them.”

Working in the com­mu­nity is not only a great public health ser­vice, but also a great way for stu­dents to com­ple­ment the health edu­ca­tion expe­ri­ence they receive in hos­pi­tals and other facil­i­ties, noted senior Jaclynne Gomez.

It’s impor­tant to rec­og­nize the needs of this pop­u­la­tion because they don’t always get the care they need, and they may be at high risk for cer­tain health issues or prob­lems,” Gomez said.

The event dove­tailed with Northeastern’s focus on solving global health chal­lenges. Health, secu­rity and sus­tain­ability are Northeastern’s top research themes.

For World AIDS Day, stu­dents have also set up an infor­ma­tion table in the Curry Stu­dent Center urging their peers to post a tweet or update their Face­book status to pro­mote HIV/​AIDS awareness.

Sev­eral stu­dent groups will host a panel dis­cus­sion with fac­ulty today enti­tled “The Begin­ning of the End of AIDS?” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 240 Dockser Hall.