Lending A Helping Hand: Mobile Doctor Provides Free Health Care To Teens!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
A large blue van pulls up to the San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School, and its occupants get ready for a slew of eager teenagers to gather at its door. Inside the sleek bus is a state-of-the-art mobile medical clinic run by Dr. Seth Ammerman. For 20 years, Ammerman and his trained staff have provided medical services to teens on the streets of San Francisco. The doctor has dispensed medical treatment and social assistance to more than 4,500 teens throughout the years, and his Teen Health Van delivers medical care to a vulnerable population.
Dr. Ammerman operates his mobile clinic in partnership with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Children’s Health Fund and Samsung. The bright blue van stops at several area high schools and at various street locations. The clinic’s youthful patients are typically uninsured, and 40 percent are dealing with homelessness. Its services are free to adolescents and young adults up to age 25.
On board with the doctor are a nutritionist and social worker whose presence allows the clinic to provide well-rounded health treatment to teens who desperately need it. For many teens, the blue van is their only access to medical treatment. Teens count on Dr. Ammerman and his team to help them with common health issues such as drug abuse, smoking addiction and poor eating habits. Patients are thoroughly examined and often receive an on-the-spot diagnosis.
Fast medical and mental health treatment is appreciated by teens who don’t have a lot of stability in their lives. Other mobile services include HIV testing and counseling, injury care, and referrals to local social services agencies for further assistance. Dedicated physicians such as Dr. Ammerman serve a growing population of homeless California teens. He’s inspired former patients such as Grace Kim to seek ways to better their lives. Ammerman’s words of encouragement helped Kim go from troubled youth to master’s degree student, and she continues seeking his sage advice. Other medical organizations in California are also offering smart solutions. Check out what this Los Angeles hospital is doing for homeless people.