205230 Providing Mobile Health Services to Women and Babies: Successes and Challenges

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:35 PM

Capi A. Landreneau, MSW, LCSW , March of Dimes, White Plains, NY
Rosa Bustamante-Forest, APRN, MPH , Mom&Baby mobile health center, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, Harvey, LA
Lee Gentry, MPH , Coastal Family Health Center, Biloxi, MS
Jennifer Burris, BA , Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Lafayette, LA
Scott Berns, MD, MPH , Chapter Programs, March of Dimes, White Plains, NY
Mobile health has been utilized for many years among different populations. Unique qualities of a mobile health program include flexibility to go where the patients are as well as being able to access communities in ways that engages individuals who may not be reachable via the traditional medical delivery system. Examples of vulnerable populations include those that are homeless as well as immigrants experiencing language barriers.

In 2005, in response to Hurricane Katrina, the March of Dimes initiatied efforts that culminated in the deployment of four mobile health centers that provide preconception, prenatal, and well-baby care to vulnerable populations in Lousiana and Mississippi, who may not have access to the traditional medical delivery system. In this presentation, we will examine four mobile health programs that provide care in a non-traditional setting and discuss outcomes over a 2-year period.

Methods for establishing successful, effective mobile health programs, with a focus on design and implementation, will be elucidated. In addition, unique challenges, including potential barriers and pitfalls, will be shared.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the impact of mobile health care on underserved, high-risk populations, and rural communities. 2. Discuss and differentiate potential models for implementation of mobile health programs 3. Explain three key components of a successful mobile health program

Keywords: Pregnancy Outcomes, Patient Perspective

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the mobile health program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.