“Our goal is to be wherever our patients are, either in person or virtually," says Jennifer Small, AuD, executive vice president and administrator, Ambulatory Care Services, Harris Health. “With the expansion of our program, we're enhancing the medical, dental and a host of wrap-around services for our homeless population. Now, we're able to reach these individuals across more areas of Harris County."
During the dedication, Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones praised Harris Health's effort to coordinate services for those in need with 'a sense of urgency' to support all patients including the homeless.
“You have made substantial progress in your work serving the homeless for the past 37 years, and it's been remarkable, and I thank you," she told the crowd during the dedication ceremony. “But what I love about Harris Health is the constant hustle. The constant asking, 'Are we doing enough? Are we doing it as effectively as possible? What more can we be doing? And how can we leverage technology, new ideas, new outreach, to reach those who need us the most?'"
The mobile units cost $1.2 million and are funded by Harris Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The units are expected to hit the roads in the next couple of weeks.