Throughout Silicon Valley and across the San Francisco Bay Area, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is recognized as a world-class medical establishment specializing in the care babies, children, teens and expectant mothers. Recently, the Sharks Foundation observed the hospital’s award-winning services with a visit to the “Teen Health Van,” a program funded by a 2011-12 grant from the Sharks Foundation. The van provides at-risk youth with essential health care services.
The Teen Health Van, which caters to individuals between the ages 10-26, has built a positive reputation in the San Jose community. The big blue van’s mobility allows it to frequent locations that offer shelter and food services for homeless and at risk youth. By maintaining a consistent schedule with specific locations, the return rate of patients has risen to 74% in the past year.
The Mobile Health Van’s initiative is to supply teens with the pharmaceuticals they need to stay healthy. The Sharks Foundation grant helped cover the cost of these expensive medications and supplies. Items are distributed on a daily basis to uninsured or homeless teens. For many of these children, the Teen Health Van provides hope for a bright and healthy future.
In addition to medical supplies, the van’s staff provides optimized care to help patients begin their road to healthy living. Staff members are dedicated to taking care of teens often left to fend for themselves. Led by founder and physician Seth Ammerman, the Mobile Health Van staff consists of a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, social worker and nutritionist. The specialized skills possessed by each employee ensure that patients are supported in all of their medical needs.
The Teen Mobile Health Van has been on the road for 16 years. It has served countless individuals, brightened futures and shows no sign of running out of fuel . For more information about the Lucile Packard Mobile Adolescent Health Services or the “Teen Health Van” please visit Adolescent Health Van.