It may not make house calls, but the new Health and Well­ness Van in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences comes pretty close.

Our new Health and Well­ness Van is a key part of our mis­sion and an impor­tant way we can serve our com­mu­nity,” Bouvé Dean Terry Fulmer said Thursday at a cer­e­mony out­side Behrakis Hall to inau­gu­rate the new, 35-​​foot van.

Stu­dents and fac­ulty use the van to visit dozens of com­mu­ni­ties across Mass­a­chu­setts to pro­vide basic clin­ical screen­ings, immu­niza­tions, health edu­ca­tion, refer­rals and follow-​​up care. The new van con­tinues Bouvé’s mis­sion of serving dis­ad­van­taged and dis­en­fran­chised patients, and replaces the first health van that launched in 2003.

The new van includes larger lab spaces and more pri­vate con­sul­ta­tion areas. It will also facil­i­tate increased inter-​​professional devel­op­ment and use-​​inspired research among Northeastern’s stu­dents and depart­ments. The research includes the use of new tech­nolo­gies such as testing of a new tablet com­puter that will be used to access and update the elec­tronic med­ical records of the health van’s patients.

To help pro­vide this care, Bouvé part­ners with orga­ni­za­tions including the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Mental Health, the Boston Public Health Com­mis­sion and the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Public Health.

Nearly all Mass­a­chu­setts res­i­dents — about 98 per­cent, a number boosted by leg­is­la­tion that became the model for the fed­eral reforms passed in 2010 — have access to health care, but those without care can be espe­cially dif­fi­cult for health pro­fes­sionals to reach and treat, said Huy Nguyen, the med­ical director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Under­served pop­u­la­tions like the home­less, people with mental ill­ness and those who battle sub­stance abuse are very hard to reach,” Nguyen said. “Pro­grams like the Health and Well­ness Van can help bridge that gap.”

The van — acquired with the sup­port of orga­ni­za­tions including the Boston Sci­en­tific Foun­da­tion, Covi­dien and CVS Care­mark Char­i­table Trust — also presents a valu­able experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity for North­eastern students.

Just as the expe­ri­ence is trans­for­ma­tional for those who seek care from this van, we hope it will also be trans­for­ma­tional for the stu­dents who vol­un­teer here,” said Rita Nieves, the director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Addic­tions Pre­ven­tion, Treat­ment and Recovery Sup­port Systems.