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Trillium launches 6 mobile care units

Posted on January 31, 2022

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Attendees look over a new Monarch mobile care unit at the Southern Nash Senior Center outside Middlesex. Trillium Health Resources says its six new mobile units will provide health services in Nash, Halifax, Gates and Northampton counties.

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Attendees look over a new Monarch mobile care unit at the Southern Nash Senior Center outside Middlesex. Trillium Health Resources says its six new mobile units will provide health services in Nash, Halifax, Gates and Northampton counties.

MIDDLESEX — Trillium Health Resources launched its new mobile care program last week at the Southern Nash Senior Center.

The One Community initiative focuses on addressing health disparities, such as those residents experience in rural areas that may have a shortage of health care providers.

Trillium is launching six new mobile integrated care clinics to reach individuals where they live in partnership with providers such as Monarch, said Jennifer Mackethan, Trillium’s director of communications and marketing.

“While specific services at each unit may vary based on provider or local demands, each is expected to offer mental health screenings, vaccinations, traditional therapy and more,” Mackethan said.

Trillium saw the pandemic as a reminder of the health care disparities experienced by people of color, rural residents and Medicaid-insured individuals across the 27 counties the agency serves. In response, Trillium launched the One Community initiative to address the stress, anxiety, depression and general mental health challenges caused by the pandemic, said Cindy Ehlers, Trillium’s executive vice president.

“This pandemic has provided physical evidence to the disparities experienced by people of color and rural residents in our health care system,” Ehlers said. “If provider locations are not accessible or available, people often miss basic treatments or procedures for preventable conditions. Trillium is excited to work with these providers to meet our communities where they live to help ease access and improve their well-being.”

Monarch will cover Nash, Halifax, Gates and Northampton counties through the initiative.

“In the future, we hope the mobile clinics will be able to provide medication-assisted treatment for individuals experiencing opioid addiction,” Mackethan said. “Trillium is proud to continue providing innovative accessibility solutions, like the mobile clinics, as a tailored plan provider under North Carolina’s Medicaid managed care system.”

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