Dec 13, 2019
Trillium Health Launches Mobile Clinic for Underserved Communities
New clinic-on-wheels will bring health care to people in need and break down barriers to care
ROCHESTER, NY (Dec. 13, 2019) — Trillium Health’s brand new 39-foot Mobile Clinic is opening its doors to new patients from underserved communities in Rochester. The clinic-on-wheels, equipped with two exam rooms and a waiting area, will bring primary care to underserved and LGBTQ communities.
Stigma-free services will focus on treating acute and common conditions and general wellness check-ups, free testing, and treatment for HIV, Hep-C, and STD, prevention education, help with insurance enrollment, assistance with getting prescriptions at low or no-cost, and connections to specialists for more complex health care needs or supportive services.
Key partners in the project include the City of Rochester, the Out Alliance, and The Center for Youth. Starting in December, the Mobile Clinic will rotate among four Rochester-based sites, including the Out Alliance (100 College Avenue, #100), the Center for Youth (905 Monroe Avenue), Trillium Health’s Harm Reduction program at 416 Central Avenue, and the MOCHA Center of Rochester at 189 N. Water Street. Additional locations for the Mobile Clinic will be announced later in 2020. With support from Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren, the Mobile Clinic will park on city streets offering access to the Mobile Clinic.
“In the spirit of increasing access to judgment-free care, we are proud to expand our services and open the doors of our new Mobile Clinic to the community,” said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO of Trillium Health. “The Mobile Clinic allows us to bring convenient health care to community members in places they trust and are familiar with, which helps remove barriers to care. I am thankful for our collaboration with our partner organizations, including the City of Rochester, the Center for Youth, and the Out Alliance, as working together will result in greater access to care for those in our community who need it most,” DeMeo stated.
"For many people, accessing quality health care is a challenge because they lack transportation or believe that finances are a barrier,” said Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Chief Medical Officer of Trillium Health. “Our new Mobile Clinic removes these barriers to care by bringing health care and supportive services to people in need, all supported by an experienced and compassionate medical team.”
Jeff Myers, Executive Director of the Out Alliance, stated, “We’re looking forward to having the Trillium Health Mobile Clinic here at the Out Alliance. Collaborating with an organization that puts LGBTQ+ Health at the forefront of its mission is very important to our team. With the 2,000+ people that come through our doors monthly, this will be a great opportunity to provide our community with accessible healthcare right at our doorstep!”
“Providing barrier-free clinical services to youth who are vulnerable and often without adult support is the highest form of social justice. The Center for Youth believes that every young person deserves quality care and total access, and this partnership with Trillium’s new mobile clinic van brings us the service and support that is much needed and appreciated,” said Elaine Spaull, Executive Director, The Center for Youth.
A weekly schedule for the Mobile Clinic’s rotation at each partner site will be on Trillium Health’s website at www.trilliumhealth.org, and posts with the hashtag #THMobileClinic will also provide regular scheduling updates on social media. The medical team will manage walk-ins and appointment scheduling at each partner location.
About Trillium Health
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Trillium Health's mission is to promote health equity by providing affordable and extraordinary primary and specialty health care to all, including LGBTQ communities in Rochester, New York, and a nine-county service area. Our comprehensive model of care ensures health care for people from all backgrounds. We offer primary and specialty care, testing, prevention, and treatment for HIV, Hepatitis C, and STDs, PrEP and PEP, community health outreach programming, care management, on-site pharmacy services, harm reduction efforts, an on-site diagnostic laboratory at our Monroe Avenue location, and more. In addition to our 259 Monroe Square medical hub, Trillium Health’s umbrella of services includes Trillium Health at 170 Science Parkway, home to Pathway Pediatrics, a division of Trillium Health, and the Center for Gynecological Care & Wellness. Serving LGBTQ communities of color, the MOCHA Center, with locations in Buffalo and Rochester, connects LGBTQ people of color with events and programs that promote healthy, sex-positive living. To learn more, visit www.trilliumhealth.org or www.mochacenter.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.