Issues of accessibility to quality healthcare and education, which festered prior to the pandemic, have exploded since. And low-income populations are the most affected. To take the help where it’s most needed, several organizations are meeting these challenges on our roads.
Groups like Premier Mobile Health Services, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Project Health and Healthcare Network of SWFL provide low-to-no-cost medical care to thousands of locals with their mobile clinics. From dental screenings and chronic disease management to vaccinations and HIV testing, these organizations help curb preventable medical emergencies and tackle everyday health needs in our most vulnerable communities.
Pet health also benefits from on-the-go care with Naples Humane Society’s Paige Conery Mobile Veterinary Clinic. Working on an honor-based system, the roving vet offers wellness exams, spray and neuter services, and vaccines for a $10 minimum contribution per pet.
To bolster environmental literacy on the Gulf, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida rolled out a state-of-the-art bus last year, expanding their after-school science curriculum to Title 1 schools, which have high rates of low-income students. On board, kids have access to microscopes, monitors, and a touch table to learn about topics like sea turtles and the dangers of ocean pollution.