Community Health Services in Action in Indian River County
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of the Treasure Coast has a vision of working together to provide the highest quality patient care for those needing home health, hospice and community health services. As a non-profit organization, our mission extends to the under and uninsured residents of Indian River County. One way that the VNA helps provide care to those in need is through Community Health Services, specifically with the VNA Mobile Health Clinic.
The VNA Mobile Health Clinic offers affordable care, with Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who treat all ages, infants through adults. Our APRNs can examine patients, diagnose conditions, and prescribe medications for things like:
- Upper respiratory infections
- Sore throats
- Colds and flu
- Skin infections
- Eye infections
Beyond that, the VNA Mobile Health Clinic team works hard to help patients gain access to community resources they need to remain healthy. Patients are often referred to a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), such as Treasure Coast Community Health and Whole Family Health Center, to ensure they get established with a medical home, starting their journey to receiving the health care they need and can afford based on their personal situation.
Additionally, the VNA’s Community Health Services team goes above and beyond for our community every day. Regularly throughout the month the VNA Mobile Health Clinic visits subsidized housing communities in Vero Beach offering blood pressure, glucose and other health screenings. But the care given goes beyond those screenings. The team asks residents if they made their doctor appointments in the last month, if they have their necessary prescriptions filled and how their overall health is. If a resident didn’t make a scheduled doctor’s appointment or didn’t refill a prescription, the team takes action to help remedy these issues, making certain they are getting the care they need.
The VNA’s Community Health Services team is a shining example of the VNA’s non-profit mission in action in our community. The VNA cares about the health and wellness of all Indian River County residents and we want to ensure those who have limited access to health care can get connected with the care they deserve. The VNA Mobile Health Clinic and Community Health Services team are only available to residents because of the generosity of this community. The VNA Mobile Health Clinic was recently refurbished both inside and out thanks to grants from the John’s Island Foundation. The operation of the VNA Mobile Clinic is generously funded by the Indian River County Hospital District and a Community Enrichment grant from the Indian River Community Foundation. The VNA’s incredibly loyal donors help fund any remaining needs to keep the VNA Mobile Clinic and our Community Health Services team out in the community five days a week.
Having access to affordable care is difficult for many people in our community, but thanks to our generous community partners and donors, the VNA can help provide care to those in need. For more information about the VNA’s Community Health Services and the VNA Mobile Health Clinic, go to vnatc.org/programs/community-health-services/.