Clinic unveils ‘health care on wheels’ to serve homeless

May 11, 2019
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In this photo taken May 9, 2019, the Fourth Street Clinic's new mobile health clinic is viewed in Salt Lake City. The mobile clinic will serve homeless population at three new resource centers and in conjunction with other organizations that provide homeless services. (Jeremy Harmon/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City clinic will soon bring medical care to the streets.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Fourth Street Clinic has launched a mobile clinic on Thursday that will travel to homeless resource centers and nonprofit agencies each week providing care.

Clinic leaders said they hope to reduce the number of uninsured emergency room visits and reach more homeless patients.

The 45-foot (14-meter) bus features three exam rooms, a bathroom and refrigerators and freezers for vaccines.

Doctors and nurse practitioners on the bus will handle preventative care, chronic disease management and wound care, among other things.

Federal data shows the homeless population in Utah has spiked over the past two years. A recent survey has found 2,876 people in Utah experience homelessness on a single day.

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