Mobile Clinics Can Provide Equity in the Defense against COVID-19

Every week, a maroon-and-lime-tinted truck parks in some of Boston’s most underserved communities. The truck is a mobile health clinic called the Family Van. It sits curbside, doors open, with staff ready to provide free health services, screening and health education to anyone who needs it. The Family Van has been doing this for more than 28 years – and in that time, it has reached patients who are often missed by our health care systems: the uninsured, underinsured and undocumented, vulnerable groups that the United Nations secretary-general has warned must not be left behind in our COVID-19 response.

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