In contrast to San Mateo County’s urban residents, locals here very often lack even the means of transportation to get to a physician in San Mateo or Redwood City, let alone time to make it to follow up appointments or pick up medications.
Some people work in fields or plant nurseries from dawn to dusk.
A million, two-year grant funded by Measure A, a county sales tax that passed in November 2012, will finance the clinic in its initial phase.
It will pay for a van, along with medical equipment and a Spanish/English bilingual staff of four, including the part-time services of a physician, a nurse, a patient services assistant and a community outreach worker/driver. It’s expected that people will go for every aspect of heath care problems, like asthma and hypertension and diabetes,” explains Puente Executive Director Kerry Lobel.
San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley has been steadfast in his support of Puente’s vision for a community health solution on the South Coast.
To get the funding approved, he had to convince some colleagues that the mobile health clinic was the right answer.
It’s a major victory for Lobel, who has been lobbying county officials for a consistent, reliable health care solution ever since the county cut funding for a different mobile health van in 2009.Both mobile medical vans follow a history of attempts to provide health care services to the South Coast, dating back to 2002.