Mobile reproductive health clinics
- Medically equipped vans with clinicians that offer reproductive health services
- The primary goal is to provide care to people who would not be able access health services otherwise
- Vans may be equipped with a waiting room, exam areas, an education area, a laboratory, and other facilities
- Typically serve vulnerable populations such as low-income or uninsured individuals in both urban and rural areas
- May partner with hospitals, health care systems, or public health departments
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Strong (second-highest tier)
Strong (second-highest tier)
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Outcomes and impact
- Increased initiation of prenatal care in the first trimester (demonstrated among Hispanic immigrants in urban areas)
- Provision of adequate prenatal care
- Less likelihood of preterm deliveries
Keys to successful implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Engaging communities throughout the planning process can establish trust and enable improved communication and program satisfaction for all stakeholders once initiatives are operational.
- Programs should seek to remove transportation barriers, insurance and financial barriers, linguistic and cultural barriers, and legal status barriers for patients.
- Programs should focus on early preventative screening and patient education and empowerment.
- Clinics should be staffed not only by licensed medical professionals but also by those with high degrees of professional and cultural competency.