CMU to put health services/education on wheels

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As many of us hit the open road in recreational vehicles this summer, Central Michigan University will introduce a customized RV that will take health services to rural and medically underserved areas of the state.

Operated by The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at CMU, the mobile health vehicle will serve residents of Michigan by providing local access to quality medical care, preventive health education and community outreach efforts.

“The mobile health vehicle further enhances the college’s mission of serving and enhancing health care in areas of need in Michigan,” said Christopher D. Ingersoll, dean of The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. “It will be incorporated into everyday student learning, research and outreach efforts as it benefits the university, individuals and families in Michigan.”

The customized mobile health vehicle will extend the services of CMU’s Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education, which provides state-of-the-art clinical services to more than 8,000 patients annually.

The clinic’s specialties include cochlear implant services; fall and balance therapy; hearing aid sales, service and repair; physical therapy; and speech-language therapy. The new vehicle will bring these services to those who lack transportation to the Carls Center.

The vehicle, funded by a $500,000 grant from The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland will be ready for service in late spring or early summer.

“This is an excellent opportunity for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions students and faculty to actively collaborate with health organizations in rural areas across the state to improve the quality of life for their community members,” said Margaret Ann Riecker, president of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

The vehicle also will allow CMU health professions students and faculty to work with local school districts and civic groups to promote healthy lifestyles and research regional health issues.

“The mobile health vehicle will not only provide additional training opportunities for CMU health professions students, but open the door for valuable faculty research focusing on health care in the communities we serve,” said Ingersoll. “The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at CMU is paving the way for new educational and clinical experiences for students and faculty with the new mobile health vehicle.”

The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions offers quality programs and strives to produce pre-eminent students in the health professions. Highlights include:

  • CMU’s Doctor of Audiology program was the first of its kind to be accredited in the U.S.
  • The CMU athletic training program was the first major of its kind in the U.S.
  • The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology and audiology students entering the workforce.
  • 100 percent of CMU’s students pass their national certifying examination on the first try in physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology and audiology programs.