In August, 2015, MobileMed was awarded a multi-year federal grant, designating us as an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center).
As the first FQHC based entirely in Montgomery County, we will be able to greatly expand our community impact. We look forward to the opportunity to serve more individuals in need; stimulate program development and enhance services; and extend outreach to underserved populations.
With the help of its many supporters and friends, MobileMed continues to make high quality, comprehensive, cultural competent and affordable healthcare available to the low-income residents of Montgomery County.
The Patients We Serve
Our patient population faces enormous barriers to healthcare access: finances, insurance coverage, language, educational level, health literacy, transportation, cultural constraints and differences, and general life stresses. Even with implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), newly covered individuals face big access challenges and many people remain ineligible. MobileMed has always been passionate about increasing access to healthcare by working to mitigate those barriers.
MobileMed patients are among the most vulnerable in Montgomery County. They are under 250% of the federal poverty level, come from over 100 countries, and speak 25 languages. Our patient population is predominantly minority (43% Hispanic, 31% Black or African American, 13% Asian).
Culturally sensitive and language-appropriate care for all of our patients is key to MobileMed's delivery model. Within our primary care program, we conduct language-specific clinics in Farsi, French and Korean, and incorporate Spanish at most locations. We have made a concerted effort to have our staff mirror the evolving, multi-cultural make-up of the community, and we seek to make our basic forms and patient education materials available in multiple languages.
While individuals are often initially drawn to MobileMed to receive care for an acute illness, we offer them a medical home. A disproportionate number of our patients suffer from multiple chronic conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. For these individuals, monitoring and proactively managing their chronic conditions is critical.
Regular primary and preventive care can prevent or slow progression of chronic conditions. It also increase the likelihood that serious issues are diagnosed early, when they are more treatable, improving health outcomes and reducing inappropriate use of hospital emergency rooms.