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UnitedHealth Group Celebrates UTRGV Mobile Medical Clinic Achievements

Dr. John Krouse, dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs (left), poses with Dave Milich, UnitedHealthcare of Texas CEO, during an event on Sept. 28 celebrating the UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation partnership. UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

On Sept. 28, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) joined the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) – a United Health Foundation grant partner – in Edinburgh, Texas, for a dedication ceremony of its mobile medical clinic. “Unimóvil” was made possible through a three-year, $2.88 million United Health Foundation grant in 2014. Through its recent integration with the school’s family medicine department, the mobile medical clinic will now be able to expand its service area from two colonias to ten colonias throughout south Texas. Since it began operations in July 2016, the Unimóvil has traveled 9,000 miles and has provided care to more than 2,000 patients.

During the dedication ceremony, UnitedHealthcare of Texas CEO Dave Milich presented a plaque to the UTRGV School of Medicine recognizing its partnership with UHG. Milich also highlighted the school’s recent response to Hurricane Harvey. UHG and a team of UTRGV doctors, nurses, faculty and staff collaborated to bring the Unimóvil to Houston to provide culturally competent care to individuals affected by the storm.

A United Health Foundation grant made the Unimovil mobile clinic possible. UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

United Health Foundation and UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Unveil Mobile Medical Clinic

The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation unveiled “Unimóvil,” a mobile health clinic, during a ceremony on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation unveiled “Unimóvil,” a mobile health clinic, during a ceremony on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

On July 14, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine and United Health Foundation introduced “Unimóvil,” a mobile health clinic that will provide Rio Grande Valley residents health screening, education and convenient access to dental and mental health services. 

Unimóvil’s services include primary care and diagnosis and treatment of common dental and mental health conditions, as well as health screenings including: oral health with fluoride varnish, HIV, depression with phq9, Duke wellness screen, BMI evaluation, domestic violence screen, vision, hearing, lipid profile, liver function tests, HgA1C, and women’s health screen.

“One of the ways we help build healthier communities is by partnering with local organizations to make it easier for people to access health care services,” said Don Langer, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas. “Unimóvil will be on the front lines of care, delivering the health care provider and vital services to our neighbors who need them most.”

Unimóvil’s commissioning was made possible through a $2.88 million grant by United Health Foundation in January 2015 that established the university’s Center for Colonia Integrated Care (CCIC) to help improve access to primary and preventive health care services.

The 45-foot-long clinic is staffed by health care providers and furnished with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Unimóvil is expected to provide services to up to 4,500 Rio Grande Valley residents annually.

View additional photos of the unveiling ceremony.

Take a virtual tour of Unimóvil.

Dr. Francisco Fernandez, professor of psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, UTRGV School of Medicine, speaks at the July 14 Unimóvil unveiling ceremony as (left to right) UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Havidán Rodriguez; UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas CEO Don Langer; and Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (TX-27) look on. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
Dr. Francisco Fernandez, professor of psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience, UTRGV School of Medicine, speaks at the July 14 Unimóvil unveiling ceremony as (left to right) UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Havidán Rodriguez; UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas CEO Don Langer; and Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (TX-27) look on. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
Attendees toured Unimóvil following its unveiling ceremony on July 14. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
Attendees toured Unimóvil following its unveiling ceremony on July 14. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

United Health Foundation and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Work to Improve Access to Care for the Hispanic Community

Guests visit prior to the symposium.
Guests visit prior to the symposium.

According to the recently released America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Prevention, Hispanic adults are not receiving as many key clinical preventive health services – such as immunizations, cholesterol checks or colorectal cancer screenings – as non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults.

To address the issue, United Health Foundation and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine hosted a symposium on May 11 to discuss procedures and policies for improving access to care for the Hispanic community.

Dr. Juliet V. García, senior advisor to the University of Texas System Chancellor, Office of Community, National and Global Engagement, gives her keynote presentation at the symposium.
Dr. Juliet V. García, senior advisor to the University of Texas System Chancellor, Office of Community, National and Global Engagement, gives her keynote presentation at the symposium.

The symposium brought together experts from national and local health organizations to discuss disparities in the use of key clinical preventive services, explore their potential causes, and identify solutions for improving Hispanics’ access to and use of preventive care, and ultimately community health.

This event and others are part of a larger initiative launched in 2015 by UTRGV’s School of Medicine through a $2.8 million grant by United Health Foundation to support increased health care access and education in Valley colonias. Specifically, the partnership is helping build a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community.

(left to right) Eloisa Tamez, professor in the UTRGV School of Nursing, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, inaugural dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, Dr. Norma A. Pérez, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Dr. Carlos Hernandez, president of WellMed and moderator of the symposium participate in a panel discussion. All photos by Paul Chouy.
(left to right) Eloisa Tamez, professor in the UTRGV School of Nursing, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, inaugural dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, Dr. Norma A. Pérez, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Dr. Carlos Hernandez, president of WellMed and moderator of the symposium participate in a panel discussion. All photos by Paul Chouy.

 

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