ALVIN — A mobile medical unit soon will be parking around Brazoria and Galveston counties to help ensure those affected by Hurricane Harvey have access to health care, regardless of ability to pay.

The Americares Hurricane Harvey relief program awarded a $250,000 grant that will allow the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network to purchase the mobile medical unit. A portion of the money also will go toward providing medical services to about 1,000 people who cannot travel to one of the health provider’s clinics.

The mobile unit will have a rotating schedule that will keep it from staying in one city too long. Medical providers will take the unit to social service organizations, hotels and trailer parks in communities within the federally supported network’s service area, according to a news release.

“We will be posting the locations the mobile clinic will be going to on a rotating basis on our social media accounts,” the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network said.

Some of the sites the network plans to visit are the Brazoria County Dream Center in Clute, the Gulf Coast Center in Texas City, Holiday Lakes City Hall and the Salvation Army shelter in Freeport. The Medical Mobile Unit can provide essential primary care, dental and mental health services at no cost to low-income residents of Brazoria and Galveston counties displaced and impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, increase access to medicine and medical supplies, improve and expand clinical services, prevent disease and promote good health.

Community Health Network is a Federally Qualified Health Center offering high-quality, integrated medical, dental and behavioral health care services for Brazoria and Galveston county residents with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare coverage and the uninsured.

The Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network’s’s goal for the mobile unit is to make quality health care accessible. Those affected but able to drive are asked to visit the network’s permanent clinics in Alvin, Freeport, Pearland and League City.

Triston Giesie is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0158.

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