Mobile Health Clinics

Purpose-driven projects and activities that serve our mission.

What Are Mobile Clinics?

“Meeting people where they are at” by offering low-barrier primary care health services to the community’s most marginalized – individuals experiencing chronic poverty, homelessness, substance use and mental health challenges.
In an interagency collaboration, we are proud to support the development and operation of two mobile clinics, one serving Ottawa and the other in Cornwall. Our Mobile health clinics are customized motor vehicles that travel to communities to provide substance use, mental health, and infectious disease care. They deliver a wide variety of health services and may be staffed by a combination of physician assistants, nurses, community health workers, and other health professionals based on need. Mobile health units are innovative methods of delivery with demonstrated improvements in health outcomes and reductions in costs.

In our first 4 months of operation, we have had 1233 engagements with clients

People have been provided education, screening or treatment for Hepatitis C

Naloxone kits have been distributed from the units

Essential daily products have been handed out to those in need

“This wonderful pilot program, geared towards “low-income” communities, is a stepping stone for people (like me) who do not have a family doctor or is hard to attend medical appointments. I am forever grateful to be one of the many people whose life will get better”

– A mobile clinic client

What Care is Offered Onboard?

SUBSTANCE USE HEALTH

  • Education / Intake / Follow Up
  • Harm Reduction Kits
  • Narcan distribution/OD prevention
  • Smoking Cessation

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

  • Hepatitis C /PEP/ PREP
  • Education / Testing / POC-DBS
  • Treatment and Follow Up

 

ACUTE CARE

  • Infections, illness, and wound care
  • Well checks (Blood pressure, Glucose, Phlebotomy etc.)
  • Some medications onboard

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Crisis Support 
  • Community Resource Navigation
  • Daily needs supplies (period packs, snacks, socks, hats, hygiene items, water etc.)

Ottawa Mobile Health Clinic

Alongside Recovery Care as the van operator, Pathways would like to thank Indivior and Gilead for their funding support and a shout-out to our community partners Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Inner City Health.

Cornwall Mobile Health Clinic

In collaboration with Recovery Care, Cornwall Community Hospital and Akwesasne, supported by EOHU, Path Community Health Centre (KDCHC), Lang’s Farm, the Working Centre, the Inner-City Health Alliance and the Waterloo Wellington LHIN.

How Are Mobile Clinics Funded?

The two mobile clinics received support to launch from Gilead Canada, AbbVie, and Indivior. Community support is crucial to the continued success of the clinics. As the demand for mobile units keeps rising, Pathways may buy mobile clinics, supply them, or pay for partners to buy or supply them.

You can donate to the program in various ways.
If you’d like to donate food, clothing, hygiene, or other items, or if you work for an agency or group that offers services or supports, and you’d like to be part of the mobile clinic project, please contact us to find out our current needs at info@pathwaystorecovery.ca
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Mission

To improve the health and wellness of individuals while helping families and communities better understand the challenges of substance use health, complex mental health disorders, and illness from infectious diseases.

*Please note that Pathways to Recovery does not directly provide clinical services. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or visit your nearest Emergency Department. Please visit our partners at Recovery Care to find clinical help.