The Sto-Rox Family Health Center is operating a new mobile van, which is a full-fledged clinic designed to provide care for residents in the McKees Rocks area and the Hilltop neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Blood pressure, glucose screenings, COVID-19 vaccinations and free COVID-19 at-home tests will be offered. Eventually, they hope the van can provide primary care, according to Terri Clark, chief executive officer of the Sto-Rox Family Health Center.
“The whole thrust is accessibility. A lot of our patients have trouble with transportation,” said Clark, who began working at the Sto-Rox Family Health Center two years ago, coming in at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clark said they’re hoping to eventually work with schools, churches and community organizations to connect people to care. At this time a schedule for mobile health visits hasn’t been established, but those dates will eventually be shown on their website at www.storox.org or the organization’s Facebook page.
Clark said funding for the vehicle came through The American Rescue Plan. The organization has been promised $2.5 million through pandemic relief programs, $1.6 million of which has been spent.
“We provided testing and services when we did not have a van. This will provide a convenient, comfortable place for all of those things,” Clark said.
The Sto-Rox Family Health Center is a federally-qualified health center that has serviced McKees Rocks for 50 years.