NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a celebratory ribbon cutting event for a new preventative health services outreach program 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 Allied Health programs. This celebration comes on the heels of 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 serve the community,” says MEC Provost Nicole Reaves.
Through MEC Mobile, NOVA hopes to provide service to underserved communities while providing its students with clinical opportunities amid many in the community who are either uninsured or underinsured.
MEC Mobile is not meant to replace primary care or emergency treatment, but will provide compassionate health, wellness, and disease prevention education in addition to screenings. Through NOVA’s community partnerships with health organizations and agencies, patient referrals will be administered for those needing additional treatment.
“We currently serve about 4,000 individuals annually, where we mostly provide oral care; dental hygiene, cleanings, restorative, and bridge work,” says Reaves. “Most that come in are those that don't have insurance or are underinsured.”
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 Cleaning
- Education Seminars
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.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.