Mobile Health Program
The goal of FDIHB’s Mobile Health Program is to improve the health status of residents within the Fort Defiance service area by increasing access to quality and culturally appropriate healthcare via its two mobile medical units.
Working with local partners at chapters, senior centers, markets, schools, and other community resources, the Mobile Health Program aims to reduce barriers to care, such as lack of transportation, trust in the traditional healthcare system, or lack of time or ability to travel the often long distances to either of our two facilities, Tsehootsooi Medical Center (Fort Defiance, AZ) and Nahata Dziil Health Center (Sanders, AZ).
In order to reach those who need services the most, the mobile units travel across Fort Defiance Service area, spanning 16 chapters in Arizona and New Mexico, to bring a range of services directly to our community members.
Most clinics do not require an appointment, and each attempts to provide a one-stop shop where a patient can receive multiple services at once.
Recurring mobile clinics include:
- Rheumatology (once/month): providing appointment-only rheumatology services, with referral services available for physical therapy and traditional healing. Pharmacy staff also in attendance to provide services to patients with appointments, as well as immunizations for all.
- Women’s Health Clinic: delivering a range of preventive and diagnostic women’s healthcare by a Certified Nurse-Midwife, as well as HIV/STI screening and flu shots for men in the community. First clinic per month occurs at the daily flea market in Window Rock, AZ, and the second clinic of the month occurs at a rotating chapter location.
- Elder Wellness Clinic: providing a range of screening and education services to older community members, including eye health checks, hearing screening, immunizations against flu, shingles, and pneumonia, balance assessments and fall prevention, traditional healing, oral health education and screening, primary care visits, and medication reconciliation.
- Sports and School Physicals (3 to 4 dedicated clinics held in summer months):providing a full range of services at select chapter locations to complete school and sports physical requirements; staffed by Pediatrics, Dental, Optometry, and Rehab
- Flu clinics: staffed by Public Health Nursing staff during flu season
The Mobile Health Program is looking to grow and provide full-time preventive and primary care services in the community. The following positions are available currently: