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Have Van Will Travel

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On a sunny Thursday afternoon, I pulled into the parking lot at Encina High School in Sacramento, California, to meet Anna Darzins the manager of the Health on Wheels (HOW) Van. A small group of mothers and their children sat at folding chairs and tables outside filling out clinic forms.
A 5-year old boy was being weighed by a medical assistant inside the compact, but surprisingly well-equipped van, run by Elica Health Centers. The van has two exam rooms, equipped to examine people of any age, a reception area and a nursing station. Reminds me of the model apartment at my local IKEA store that amazingly packs in everything a small family could need - including a bicycle, a baby crib, as well as the kitchen sink - into a compact 200-square feet.
The Health on Wheels Van started about four years ago in collaboration with the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento. The mobile clinic visits several school campuses within its service area and offers primary care, preventive care, vac…