Driving Wellness in our Communities

Premier Community Health and the Mobile Clinic bring health care where it’s needed most.

The Premier Community Health team recognizes that access to health care sometimes acts as a barrier for people in our communities, resulting in fewer visits to their caregivers. That’s why they take Premier Health’s Mobile Clinic out for approximately 150 community visits each year, meeting people where they are and connecting them to the care that they need.

At a mobile clinic community health visit, the Premier Community Health team provides free biometric screenings, including blood pressure screenings, hemoglobin A1C screenings, lipid profiles, body mass index assessments, and more. This important work is mostly funded through Premier Health’s hospital foundations and Community Benefits Grant Program.

Premier Community Health often partners on these visits with other groups or organizations, such as churches, community senior centers, municipalities, school systems, CareSource, The Food Bank, Goodwill Easter Seals, and Premier Health’s Barbershop Health Initiative.

“Last summer, the Premier Community Health team partnered with Trotwood-Madison schools. They had reached out with a need for sports physicals for some of their student athletes. We enlisted a few of our Premier Health Urgent Care and Fidelity Health Care providers, and in one day, we conducted 71 sports physicals,” said Sumayyah Shermadou, program manager, Premier Community Health. “We are grateful for these partnerships that allow us to expand our reach and impact within the community.”

The team recently partnered with the Latino Medical Student Association at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine. At the university’s monthly Latino Wellness Clinic, the Premier Community Health team provided biometric screenings and flu vaccines to Hispanic community members in need, and the medical students provided interpretation services. The team hopes to attend more of these clinics in the future.

Due to the mobility of Premier Community Health’s services, they often are in the right place at the right time. At a recent community event, one of their event partners asked for a blood pressure check. “Our team found this person’s blood pressure was a bit higher than we wanted it to be, and we quickly connected him to a Premier Physician Network primary care physician and some other needed health care resources. He told us he was grateful for the care we provided, and for helping him get on a path to better health,” said Shermadou.

The Premier Community Health team and Mobile Clinic connect people to the care they need. The team knows that sometimes to drive wellness in our communities, they need to venture out and knock on doors to engage community members. Luckily, they are well-equipped for the job.