Community Health Programs’ mobile health unit – CHP on Wheels – provides much needed primary and preventive health care to at-risk and isolated residents throughout Berkshire County, Massachusetts. By going to rural towns and villages that are far from health centers and public transportation, CHP on Wheels – the only mobile medical unit in the county – plays an essential role in connecting hard to reach populations with health care. CHP can reach residents who are isolated by geography, poor health, and lack of money, stretching across the county to reach residents from towns and villages that are miles from the nearest health care provider.
Equipped with exam rooms for both vision and primary care, the unit travels to rural communities in order to reach low-income, high risk, and isolated individuals. CHP on Wheels offers primary care, routine visits, wellness visits, chronic disease management, acute care visits, free health screenings, flu shots, ophthalmology exams and eye care, health education, access to insurance enrollment services, WIC enrollment and nutrition counseling. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CHP is a locally based non-profit, welcoming low income, uninsured, immigrant, homeless, and disadvantaged individuals regardless of income or ability to pay.
With regularly scheduled visits from Williamstown to Sandisfield, from Florida to Mount Washington, and every town and village between, the cost of fuel for CHP on Wheels is significant. CHP seeks funds in order to continue to reach vulnerable individuals and families in every corner of Berkshire County, providing healthcare and outreach to those most in need.