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March 4, 2009

Contact: Patricia Adams

Mobile Clinic Brings Health Services-and Hope-to Greenbelt's Uninsured

Media Advisory

The Governor's Wellmobile Program, a fleet of four 33-foot long vans equipped as traveling health clinics, will open it newest location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Springhill Lake Elementary School in Greenbelt, Md., Monday, March 9.

The Wellmobile is operated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing and operates on a combination of public and private funding. It uses family nurse practitioners to provide free primary health care services and social service referrals for uninsured and underinsured populations across Maryland. In 2008 alone, the program handled 7,514 patient visits, 45,084 case management and follow-up encounters, and helped hundreds of families apply for MCHP. As the recession penetrates deeper into the economy and layoffs deprive more and more families of their health coverage, the Wellmobile has become a crucial safety net for the most vulnerable. The new Greenbelt site will cater primarily to the 10,000 residents of the Empirian Village apartment complex, 40 percent of whom are Spanish speaking.

What: Governor's Wellmobile Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

When:9 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009

Where: Springhill Lake Elementary School

6060 Springhill Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Participants:

Judith Davis, Mayor, Greenbelt
Linda Sherwood, Principal, Springhill Lake Elementary
Dominique Bivins, Parent Liaison, Springhill Lake Elementary
Christal Batey, Greenbelt Community Resource Advocate
Dr. Frances Phillips, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Dr. Rebecca Wiseman, Director, Governor's Wellmobile Program
University of Maryland School of Nursing

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