Mobile reproductive health clinics

Program basics

  • 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)

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Strong (second-highest tier)

Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Target population

Community-wide

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

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.

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