Detroit child health indicators are among the worst in the nation. Four out of 10 young children were under-immunized, and six out of ten Medicaid children with persistent asthma had not seen a doctor. Detroit had a severe shortage of primary care doctors in 2008, which has only grown worse over the past two years. As a result, many children have gone without access to comprehensive care, placing their long-term health and well-being at risk.
In December 2010, the Children's Health Project of Detroit, a partnership between the Henry Ford Health System and Children's Health Fund, launched a mobile medical clinic that will deliver comprehensive health care services to approximately 1,000 to 1,500 children a year. The mobile clinic visits local Detroit schools and youth centers on a weekly schedule to ensure continuity of care and to build on-going relationships with teachers, parents, students and the community.
Henry Ford Health System, ranked as one of the America’s Best Hospital systems by U.S. News & World Report, has a deep commitment to community-based health care and operates a number of school-based and school-linked programs in low-income areas. The addition of a mobile medical program allows the Children’s Health Project of Detroit to follow students who are transferred (as a result of Detroit’s budget crisis and the closing of several schools) to academic institutions that do not have on-site health services, without requiring physical space in the school buildings.