Public Health Response Unit 1 ready for Carnival season 02.08.2024

February 8, 2024

Public Health Response Unit 1 ready for Carnival season

MOBILE, Ala. — The presence of golf carts operated by Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) staff during Carnival season is a familiar sight. The vehicles allow the food inspectors better access to review vendors throughout Downtown Mobile.

In an effort to increase its ability to help make sure our citizens and visitors have an enjoyable experience up through Mardi Gras, Public Health Response Unit 1 has been set up at the corner of Dauphin Street and Saint Joseph Street near Bienville Square. The trailer was previously used to provide COVID-19 vaccine and testing in the community.

Public Health Response Unit 1 will be used as command center for MCHD’s Inspection Services. It will also serve as a base for MCHD staff who have volunteered to distribute bottles of hand sanitizer during parades.

It is one of the two Public Health Response Units operated by MCHD’s Prevention & Wellness directorate. These are 2022 ATC Quest Custom Medical Trailers. They were secured with grants to expand public health response for emerging diseases from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, states the Public Health Response Units will help MCHD obtain one of its primary goals: encouraging 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 at the Health Department.

Last Updated on February 8, 2024 by MCHDadmin