Pediatric Mobile Services Program

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Care on Wheels

Virtua's Pediatric Mobile Services provides children from infancy to age six in underserved communities throughout South Jersey with health services they need.


The fully-equipped program on wheels offers a range of services, including dental and developmental screenings, blood lead level testing, lead poisoning education, flu shots, back-to-school physicals, vision and hearing screenings, health education, community resources, and referrals to specialized services.


Call 609-304-0151 to schedule an appointment.

Calendar - Screenings & Flu/COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Check out our monthly calendar to see days/times when Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services will be coming to a neighborhood near you.  

Please note changes to schedule and check back regularly for updates. To make an appointment call (609) 304-0151. Walk-ins welcome!

    

November

Tuesday, November 1
Flu Clinic – Acelero Learning Center, 195 New Freedom Road, Clementon, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, November 2
Developmental Screenings – C.A.R.E For Me Children’s Learning Center, 6002 Westfield Ave., Pennsauken, 9 am - Noon.

Thursday, November 3
Dental Screenings – CB Lamb School, 46 School House Road, Wrightstown, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, November 4
Flu & CV19 Vaccine Clinic – Katz Academy Charter School, 879 Pleasant Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Monday, November 7
Flu & CV19 Vaccine Clinic – Acelero Learning Center, 331 Grand Ave., Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, November 8
Flu & COVID-19 Clinic – Magowan Elementary School, 405 Cherrix Ave., Edgewater Park, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, November 9
Developmental Screenings – Calvary Hill Preschool, 535 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, 9 am - Noon.

Thursday, November 10
Dental Screenings – Mosaic Early Learning, 525 Clinton Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, November 11
Physicals - Mastery Charter School, 415 North 9th Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.


Saturday, November 12
Flu & COVID-19 Clinic – Virtua Barry D. Brown Health Education Center, 90 Carnie Blvd., Voorhees, 9 am - Noon.

Monday, November 14
Flu & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – Vets Memorial Family School, 800 N. 26 Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, November 15
Flu & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – Davis Elementary School, 3425 Cramer Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, November 16
Developmental Screenings – Calvary Hill Preschool, 535 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, 9 am - Noon.

Thursday, November 17
Dental Screenings – Head Start, 100 Maple Grove Blvd., Lumberton, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, November 18
Flu & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – Respond Daycare, 548 State Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Monday, November 21
Flu & Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic – Catto Community Family School, 3100 Westfield Ave., Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, November 22
Flu Clinic – Yorkship Elementary School, 1251 W. Collings Ave., Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, November 23
Developmental Screenings - Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Ave., Camden, 9 am - Noon.

Monday, November 28
Flu Clinic – Rutgers Early Learning, 549 Cooper Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, November 29
Flu Clinic – Rutgers Early Learning, 549 Cooper Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, November 30
Developmental Screenings – Woodbury Child Development Center, 36 Carpenter Street, Woodbury, 9 am - Noon.

 

December

Thursday, December 1
Dental Screenings - CB Lamb School, 46 School House Road, Wrightstown, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, December 2
Flu Clinic & Physicals - Mastery Charter School, 601 Vine Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Monday, December 5
Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, 525 Clinton Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, December 6
Flu Vaccine Clinic - Lindenwold Preschool, 100 South Ave., Lindenwold, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, December 7
Developmental Screenings - Woodbury Child Development Center, 36 Carpenter Street, Woodbury, 9 am - Noon.

Thursday, December 8
Dental Screenings - Browns Mills Early Learning Child Development & Pre-school, 405 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, December 9
Physicals - Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), 1602 Pine Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.

Monday, December 12
Flu Vaccine Clinic - Mi Casita Daycare Center, 551 Spruce Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, December 13
Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Yocum Elementary School, 748 North Forklanding Road, Maple Shade, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, December 14
Developmental Screenings - C.A.R.E For Me Children’s Learning Center, 6002 Westfield Ave., Pennsauken, 9 am - Noon.

Thursday, December 15
Dental Screenings - Acelero Learning Center, 195 New Freedom Road, Clementon, 9 am - Noon.

Friday, December 16
Flu & CV19 Vaccine Clinic - Respond Daycare, 3003 Fenwick Road, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Monday, December 19
Flu Vaccine Clinic - Maple Shade High School, 180 Frederick Ave., Maple Shade, 8 am - Noon.

Tuesday, December 20
Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Dudley Elementary School, 2250 Berwick Street, Camden, 8 am - Noon.

Wednesday, December 21
Flu Vaccine Clinic - Cinnamon Sticks Learning Center, 600 US Route 130, Cinnaminson, 8 am - Noon.

Thursday, December 22
Dental Screenings - CFFS/Mosaic Early Learning Center, 2431 Burlington Ave., Delanco, 9am-noon,

Friday, December 23
Flu Vaccine Clinic - Over the Rainbow CDC , 146 Route 130 Bordentown, 8 am - Noon.

December 26 - 31
Closed - Happy Holidays!

About the Program

Such tremendous need exists in the medically underserved areas across Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, and our youngest residents, children from infancy to age six, often quietly suffer the most. Without access to routine exams and screenings, children with developmental delays and other health concerns are not identified early, so issues go undetected and unaddressed during a critical period of their development.

 

For children with limited access to nutritious foods and basic dental hygiene, it is often too late for healthy teeth by the time they get to kindergarten and see a dentist for the first time. Furthermore, children who do not receive their immunizations are not permitted to attend public school, leaving them at home for weeks and months at a time in aging houses and apartments that expose them to dangerous levels of lead.

Through a generous gift from the Joseph Lacroce Foundation, Virtua's Pediatric Mobile Services Program aims to address the health needs of children across South Jersey. The mobile program will bring pediatric services directly to those children who are living in medically underserved and impoverished urban and rural communities across Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

 

Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services Program team will provide a range of services, including: 

 

  • Developmental screenings
  • Oral health education and dental screenings
  • Flu shots
  • Lead blood level screenings
  • Lead education for healthy homes
  • Back-to-school physicals
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Community resources 
  • Referrals to specialized services
The Pediatric Mobile Services Program will also equip parents with the knowledge and resources they need to help their children grow and thrive.

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Health Facts

Early Detection and Intervention of Child Developmental Delay
 
High quality early intervention services can change a child's developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.

Services to young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays have been shown to positively impact outcomes across developmental domains, including health, language and communication, cognitive development and social/emotional development.  Benefits to society include reducing economic burden through a decreased need for special education.
Early social/ emotional development and physical health provide the foundation upon which cognitive and language skills develop. 

Decades of rigorous research show that children’s earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has summarized this research: 


  • Neural circuits, which create the foundation for learning, behavior and health, are most flexible or “plastic” during the first three years of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change.
  • Persistent “toxic” stress, such as extreme poverty, abuse and neglect, or severe maternal depression can damage the developing brain, leading to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.|
  • The brain is strengthened by positive early experiences, especially stable relationships with caring and responsive adults, safe and supportive environments, and appropriate nutrition.
  • Early social/ emotional development and physical health provide the foundation upon which cognitive and language skills develop.|
  • High quality early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
  • Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when it is provided earlier in life rather than later. 

 


Dental Care and Oral Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay is among the most common chronic conditions of childhood. One in 5 children, aged five to 11, and 1 in 7 children, aged 12 to 19, have at least one untreated cavity.

 

These numbers are higher for children from minority and low-income families. African-American and Hispanic children are more likely than white children to have cavities in their primary (baby) teeth and are twice as likely as white children to have untreated cavities. The disparity in untreated cavities continues into the teen years.

 

A report by the Pew Charitable Trusts states that untreated tooth decay "can cause pain and infection that may lead to difficulty eating, speaking, socializing and sleeping, as well as poor overall health." Tooth decay can also contribute to low self-esteem and dental health problems. 

 

Dental problems can also adversely affect both school attendance and performance. A report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General in 2000, estimated that more than 51 million school hours were lost annually due to dental-related illnesses.

 

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Lead Exposure and Lead Poisoning


There is no safe level of lead in children. As lead exposure continues to be an ongoing health challenge, it is important that parents take precautionary measures to keep their children safe and healthy. While exposure can damage a child’s learning and development, it can be prevented. 

Lead can disrupt the normal growth and development of a child’s brain and central nervous system. While lead paint lead paint in homes built before 1978 remains the largest contributor to elevated blood lead levels in children, there are many different lead exposure sources, including water from leaded pipes and imported toys, candy, spices, jewelry, cosmetics, herbal remedies, and pottery. 

The New Jersey Department of Health provides resources for parents to stay informed so child lead exposure can be avoided.

Who Is at Risk? 

  • Children under the age of 6 years because they are growing so rapidly and because they tend to put their hands or other objects into their mouths.
  • Children from all social and economic levels can be affected by lead poisoning, although children living at or below the poverty line who live in older housing are at greatest risk.
  • Children of some racial and ethnic groups and those living in older housing are disproportionately affected by lead. For example, 3% of black children compared to 1.3% of white children have elevated blood lead levels. 

Contact Information

Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services
(609) 304-0151
pediatricmobileservices@virtua.org

 

Our Team

Monica Nolasco
Program Coordinator
mnolasco@virtua.org


Jennifer Brown
Driver/Courier
jbrown20@virtua.org


Kirsti Lim
Special Education Teacher/Developmentalist
klim@virtua.org


Cynthia Scott
Dental Hygienist
cscott@virtua.org

 

Sue McCleery
Pediatric Nurse
smccleery@virtua.org

 

Maria Emerson
Director, Rehabilitation Services
memerson@virtua.org

 

Caring for Children in our Community


Making sure your child grows into a healthy adult starts from the moment they are born. Virtua’s Pediatric Mobile Services is dedicated to providing developmental screenings, essential health services and education to underserved children in our community, at the convenience they need.

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