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BBF’s fourth mobile health clinic is now operational

In April, BBF Global Relief celebrated the inauguration of its fourth mobile health van at a ribbon-cutting ceremony  at BBF’s warehouse. The van was donated to local healthcare provider Allegheny Health Network and will be used to provide primary care services to individuals in under-served areas.

“We’re in the North Side of Pittsburgh and you don’t have to go too far from here to see the needs of people on the streets who are obviously in need,” said BBF President Ozzy Samad. “We really wanted to have an impact on our own community.”

The van is equipped with an exam table, sink, and a refrigerator for medicine and vaccine storage. It will be used to provide screenings to adults and children across Western Pennsylvania who do not have access to care due to financial or geographical limitations. Following the exams, health care providers will connect patients with local care resources. This expanded access to healthcare is crucial in ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their socio-economic status, can receive the medical attention they need to lead healthy lives.

“Caring for everyone often means meeting patients where they are to better engage and retain them in care,” said Amy Crawford-Faucher, MD, vice chair, AHN Primary Care Institute. “We are extremely grateful to Brother’s Brother Foundation for this significant donation which enables us to reach more people across our region and essentially provide them with a starting point on a path toward improved health and wellness.”

The impact of the mobile health van is already being felt in the local community. Prior to the start of the sports season, the van provided essential physical exams to students, ensuring their readiness for athletic activities while also identifying any underlying health concerns. This proactive approach to healthcare not only promotes physical well-being but also supports the overall development and success of young athletes.

Looking ahead, AHN has scheduled regular clinics to commence in June, with the first one slated to coincide with Monroeville Community Day on June 8th. These clinics will serve as vital hubs for delivering primary care services, preventive screenings, and health education to individuals and families in need.

Launched in 2022 in response to the unmet need for specialized eye care in Pittsburgh, the program has since evolved to address a broader range of healthcare needs in underserved communities. BBF has currently donated four mobile health clinics: two in the Pittsburgh area –  to Allegheny Health Network and to UPMC Eye and Ear Foundation; to KentuckyCare in Western Kentucky;  and to Caridad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Photo Caption: Amy Crawford-Faucher, MD, cuts the ribbon for the primary care mobile health van. Left to right: Kristen Macey, Project Manager at AHN, Heather Daugherty, VP of Population Health at AHN, Dr. Amy Crawford – Faucher, Vice-Chair, AHN Primary Care Institute, Ozzy Samad, BBF President, Terry Murphy, BBF Board Chair, Tom Wentling, BBF Board Member.

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