The white-panel van, run by Intensive Health, part of Stepworks, is housed with “medical equipment such as gloves, AEDs [automatic external defibrillators], blood-drawing equipment and a small room in the back for telecommunication,” Crimmins reports.
Jonathan Fondow, the mobile unit’s data coordinator, told Crimmins that the unit offers both recovery services and general medical services in Glasgow, Hodgenville, Lebanon, Bardstown and Leitchfield, going to a different location on each of the five days it operates.
Fondow told Crimmins that they provide mental-health care via telehealth with two therapists in Elizabethtown, where the company began.
“We’re trying to put the stigma behind us, so someone that needs to talk to someone can also go in the back of this mobile unit and speak to therapists,” he said.
Crimmins reports that the mobile unit has been a great service to homeless people, who often don’t have medical insurance.
“So far, since we started last week, around 70 percent of our patients are homeless,” Fondow said. “They have nothing except their backpack that they’re carrying.”