The Ohio Northern University Mobile Health Clinic will offer health screenings free of charge at the Forest, Ohio, food pantry from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Forest United Methodist Church, 111 E. Dixon St., Forest.

 

The 38-foot bus is in its first season of operation by the College of Pharmacy’s ONU HealthWise outreach efforts.

 

ONU HealthWise has provided health outreach services in Hardin County since 2015, when the College of Pharmacy received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. Thanks to recent support from CVS and Mercy Health in Lima, Ohio, the mobile clinic has an official set of wheels. 

 

The new bus offers patients more privacy and increases the visibility of the clinic. Services offered include immunizations, tobacco cessation, medication reconciliation, health education and a variety of screenings, including cholesterol, glucose, hemoglobin A1c, hepatitis C testing, blood pressure, bone density and skin scope. All services are offered at no cost to the patient.

 

The mobile health clinic is staffed by an inter-professional team of pharmacists, nurses and laboratory specialists. The endeavor provides valuable health services to a region where access to health care is not convenient and underscores the College of Pharmacy’s mission of serving residents of the region. It also provides ONU students with practical experience.

 

Interested parties should visit the following link for future dates that the mobile clinic will be in their area: http://www.onu.edu/pharmacy/healthwise.

 

Members of the community can also contact ONU HealthWise directly at 419-772-1050 or healthwise@onu.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.

 

The mobile clinic made its first community appearance Aug. 22 in Dunkirk, Ohio.

 

Upcoming dates include:

 

  • Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Forest VFW
  • Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dunkirk Town Hall
  • Sept. 20, 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Alger Food Pantry
  • Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roundhead Victory Chapel of Praise Food Pantry
  • Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Roundhead Community Dinner
  • Sept. 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Forest Food Pantry
  • Sept. 26, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dunkirk Community Dinner
  • Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Alger Village Office