The Memphis Regional Children’s Health Project (MRCHP) provides services to children and families in Memphis and rural West Tennessee who do not have a medical home. Through the mobile medical and health education clinics, the program identifies children’s health care needs, offers preventive health education, and links children to appropriate medical services. On average, about 120 children are seen each month.
Children and their families in the area have limited access to medical care despite their close proximity to a hospital system. They are often faced with many barriers, including a lack of transportation and health insurance and a limited knowledge of available resources. Children in these communities are frequently treated by the project for conditions that include chronic asthma, diabetes, obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated lead levels and teenage pregnancy.
By bringing comprehensive primary care directly to the community, the MRCHP aims to decrease emergency room visits and educate families about the value of having an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider. The MRCHP functions as part of three of Children’s Health Fund’s Special Initiatives: the Referral Management Initiative, which is designed to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to specialty care; the Childhood Asthma Initiative, which seeks to improve the management of chronic asthma; and the Transportation Initiative, which enhances access to transportation to medical appointments for patients living in areas with deficiencies in public transportation.