ASHLAND — The Mobile Clinic recently purchased by the Ashland County Health Department (ACHD) will make its debut at Hillside Church of Rowsburg in Polk on June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Along with offering immunizations, ACHD’s nurses will offer free health screenings and health education.

Individuals can select from the following screenings: blood pressure reading; blood sugar check (a 3-hour fast is preferred); cholesterol check (a 9-12 hour fast is required) and a height and weight check. Walk-ins are welcome at the ACHD Mobile Clinic.

These same screenings will also be offered at the ACHD’s new building located at 1211 Claremont Avenue beginning July 14. Blood pressure and height and weight checks will be offered as a walk-in service during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The other screenings will be offered during certain times, which will be announced later.

“We look forward to being out in the community and offering these new services,” said Vickie Taylor, Health Commissioner of the ACHD. “Everyone has been very receptive to scheduling the Mobile Clinic in their area.”

Please note additional dates will be added to the Mobile Clinic’s schedule, but it is currently as follows:

Hillside Church of Rowsburg in Polk June 28, 2023, 9 a.m. – noon

Cinnamon Lake Lodge in West Salem June 29, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center in Ashland July 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sullivan Post Office in Sullivan July 20, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Touch-A-Truck in Downtown Ashland August 5, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Farmer’s Market at UH Samaritan on Main in Ashland August 9, 4 – 6 p.m.

Ashland County Back-2-School in Downtown Ashland August 14, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Amish Health and Safety Day August 17, 5 – 8 p.m.

Farmer’s Market at UH Samaritan on Main in Ashland September 27, 4 – 6 p.m.

The Mobile Clinic is a used, handicap accessible 2022 Ford E450 van, outfitted with an examination room, refrigerator, bathroom, and generator. It was purchased with funds from the Enhanced Operations Grant so health department services like vaccinations are more easily accessible to those without transportation or those living in rural areas.

In Ashland County, 7.3% of households don’t have a vehicle and the estimated population living in rural areas is 13,294. These figures come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Ohio’s CMIST Tool. CMIST measures five essential functional needs categories – communication, maintaining health, independence, safety and support, and transportation.

Individuals who are ill should not visit the Mobile Clinic, as it is not staffed by healthcare providers who can make a medical diagnosis or offer treatment. Anyone with an abnormal result from a screening done at the Mobile Clinic will be instructed to seek additional care with a doctor or nurse practitioner.

To discuss scheduling a visit by the mobile clinic, call the health department at 419-282-4231.

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