March 8, 2022
Prevention & Wellness – Public Health Response Unit
MOBILE, Ala. — The Prevention & Wellness directorate is one of the cornerstones of traditional health services of the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD). Since 1816, public health in Mobile County has been one of education, prevention, and the promotion of wellness.
To help accomplish this goal, two new items have been added to its arsenal. They are mobile medical trailers called “Public Health Response Units.” They are 2022 ATC Quest Custom Medical Trailers.
The first of the two identical units arrived several months ago. The second trailer was delivered last week.
Both units were secured with the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) funds that were passed through the Alabama Department of Public Health to MCHD.
The trailers were purchased for the COVID-19 Response Team to provide testing and vaccination services within Mobile County. In an effort to enhance accessibility to the community, the trailers will be placed at outlying clinics. The administered services will be provided as a walk-in and no appointment is needed.
The first trailer is currently in use at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East). The COVID-19 Response Team will be at the location each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide either Pfizer (adult and pediatric), Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (while supplies last) vaccine.
A location for the second trailer has not yet been announced.
“The Public Health Response Unit was purchased under Prevention & Wellness for the COVID-19 Response Team to provide additional testing and vaccination services within Mobile County,” said Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, Executive Director of Prevention & Wellness. “We are extremely excited that we have this opportunity to be more accessible to the community.”
The mobile medical trailer is equipped with the following:
- 7-kilowatt generator
- Dual air conditioners
- Rear glass doors
- Walk-up ramp
- Exterior awning
The mobile medical trailers will help MCHD obtain one of its primary goals, which is to encourage health interventions by providing collaborative and informative education to the community. Disease prevention, community resource services, health promotion, and health education are many of the services provided by Prevention & Wellness.