NOVA Cuts the Ribbon on New Health and Wellness Outreach

NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a celebratory ribbon-cutting event for new preventative health and educational outreach programs provided by the College.

Dubbed “MEC Mobile,” the mission is to promote health, wellness, and disease prevention at the community level. It aims to also help promote career opportunities in healthcare through the MEC’s Nursing and Health Sciences Programs. This celebration follows a successful MEC Mobile outreach event at the Culmore Multicultural Day in Bailey’s Crossroads, Va. Approximately 700 attendees received free health screenings and educational materials.

“We’re excited to get MEC Mobile on the road and serving the community,” says MEC Provost Nicole Reaves.
Through MEC Mobile, NOVA hopes to have a transformative effect on the community by serving as innovative, vibrant community advocates and providers of health, wellness, and disease prevention.

MEC Mobile is not meant to replace primary care or emergency treatment. However, it will maximize the level of community service provided by the faculty, students, and staff that promotes and addresses underserved community health issues at a regional level. Through NOVA’s community partnerships with health organizations and agencies, patients will be provided with continuity of care through referrals.

“We currently serve about 4,000 patients annually in the delivery of dental hygiene, and restorative care,” says Reaves. “Our patient population consists mostly of underserved patients who lack access to dental care.”

Roughly, 2,500 of the students enrolled in the MEC’s associate degree and certificate programs are engaging in this new opportunity to offer services and educate community members on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. MEC Mobile provides the following:

  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Glucose Screening
  • Pediatric Assessment
  • Dental Screening and Cleaning
  • Patient Education
  • Clinical Educational Opportunities for students

To make a reservation please call: phone: 703 822 2035 or click the following link: https://www.nvcc.edu/apps/2/mecmobile/

For any further questions, please contact Songvuth Intavong, Coordinator of MEC Mobile at sintavong@nvcc.edu

The Medical Education Campus continues to thank its many health partners – including Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation, Virginia Hospital Center, Sentara Healthcare, Novant Health, INOVA and Kaiser Permanente – for helping NOVA improve public health in the community.

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