Sangamon County Health Department officials unveil new mobile clinic

SPRINGFIELD - A new mobile health clinic that will help treat low-income and single-parent families, as well as distribute flu shots, has been unveiled by Sangamon County Department of Public Health officials.

The 32-foot-long mobile health clinic was shown on Tuesday.  Health department officials say the vehicle will respond to emergency events and disasters, and will make stops in rural communities in order to make health department services more accessible.  The mobile clinic will feature two exam rooms and a bathroom.

The health department spent about $95,000 in grants for the mobile health clinic, a 17-year-old vehicle that has been driven less than 31,000 miles.  The state of Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Rural Health Initiative helped fund the effort.  According to health department director Jim Stone, a new mobile clinic would have cost approximately $300,000.
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