January 31, 2022
Prevention & Wellness announced 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, a new item has been added to its arsenal. It is a mobile medical trailer called the “Public Health Response Unit.”
It is a 2022 ATC Quest Custom Medical Trailer. This is the first of two identical units. The second trailer is estimated to arrive later this year. It was 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.
It was 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, it will be placed at outlying clinics. The administered services will be provided as a walk-in, no appointment is needed.
The unit will be put into action this week at the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East). The COVID-19 Response Team will be at the location each Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide either Pfizer (adult and pediatric), Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (while supplies last) vaccine.
“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 trailer 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.