NYUCN’s Mobile Health Van Program (MHVP) “Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood” Works with Underserved Adolescent High School Students
The NYU College of Nursing has been awarded a $2.9 million, five (5) year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support implementation of the newly developed nurse managed NYUCN Mobile Health Van Program (MHVP) “Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood”, an innovative, replicable model of nursing care coordination, “Set Up, Catch Up, Hook Up”, that includes provision of required primary care services, a health literacy education program, use of health information technology, and outreach and linkages to community resources for underserved adolescent high school students, with a special emphasis on recent immigrants.
The MHVP program serves the dual purposes of: 1) improving access to primary health care in a medically underserved adolescent/immigrant population through school-based primary care services, health literacy education and linkages to community resources and, 2) offers clinical experiences to undergraduate and graduate nursing students that develop primary care and community nursing clinical competencies, cultural competency and community outreach skills required to meet health needs of underserved communities and prepares students for post degree careers in primary care and community health service delivery in underserved communities. Approximately 13,000 underserved and/or recent immigrant students in eight schools will be eligible for MHVP services over the five year grant.
“The mobile health van program is so extraordinarily important”, said NYU College of Nursing Dean Terry Fulmer, “The health of our nation depends on the health of our children. Our commitment to them is access to quality health care”.
Promoting positive health outcomes and health self-efficacy using the “Set-Up, Catch-Up, Hook-Up” model for adolescents in eight of New York City’s (NYC) public high schools, whose student populations are underserved (>60% free school lunch eligible) and who have no school-based health services, will strengthen the overall health capacity of these adolescents, their families, and communities and provide a model for health self-efficacy and health self-management. The “Set-Up, Catch-Up, Hook-Up” model of nurse managed primary care coordination includes a threefold approach. “Set-up” involves completing an assessment of health history, practices, and health care needs as well as prioritizing health care needs to be addressed; “Catch-up” is the intervention phase when outstanding health needs are addressed through primary care clinical services and health literacy education; “Hook-up” refers to the process of linking students with insurance enrollment, primary care provider and primary care medical home, and referrals to community resources.
Dr. Judith Haber, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Project Director said, “The high school students served by the mobile health van program will soon be making their own health care decisions. Our goal is to launch the next generation of informed health care consumers in New York City”.
At full maturity, the MHVP will have established itself as a financially self-sufficient, replicable model of nurse managed community-based primary care that will increase the number of future RNs and NPs practicing in underserved communities.
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