Established in 2000, The Crews'n Healthmobile, Phoenix Children's mobile medical unit, is essentially a doctor's office on wheels that goes into underprivileged neighborhoods to bring free, comprehensive healthcare to homeless and at-risk children and young adults (up to age 25).
The vehicle is fully-equipped with exam rooms, a waiting area, a nurse's station, and space for preventative and interventional medical procedures.
The Healthmobile also provides vision and dental screenings, immunizations, financial advocacy and Medicaid enrollment.
The mobile medicine program offers medical subspecialty and psychosocial referrals in partnership with community organizations like Children's Health Fund, HomeBase Youth Services, Healthcare for the Homeless, and Children First Academy.
The Crews'n staff also manages the UMOM Wellness Center on the campus of UMOM.
The mobile medical unit operates Monday through Friday at numerous sites in the Valley where homeless and at-risk children, adolescents and young adults are known to gather.
The Crews'n team made more than 7,500 patient visits in 2013.
Due to recent donations, including a $1.5 million gift from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, a second Crews'n Healthmobile will hit the streets this summer, essentially doubling the program's capacity.
Dr. Randal Christensen is Medical Director of The Crews'n Healthmobile and Chief of General Pediatrics.