Pediatric Mobile Services Program

Pediatric Mobile Services in South Jersey - Virtua

Care on Wheels

Virtua's Pediatric Mobile Services provides children (ages 5 and under) 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, lead poisoning education, flu shots, health education, community resources and referrals to specialized services.

 

Call 609-304-0151 to schedule an appointment.

Calendar

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!

 

 

April

 

Tuesday, April 2 
Blood Lead Level Screenings – Mastery Molina Lower Elementary School, 415 N. 9th St., Camden, NJ, 8:30 am - 1 pm.  Partnership event with Camden Mastery Charter Schools. https://www.masterycharter.org/

Wednesday, April 3
Developmental Screenings- Early Head Start & Head Start, 405 Lakehurst Rd, Browns Mills, 9 am – 1 pm. Partnership event with BCCAP Head Start. http://bccapheadstart.org

 

Thursday, April 4
Dental Screenings – Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighn Ave, Camden, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Partnership event with The Neighborhood Center. http://www.neighborhoodrising.org/

Tuesday, April 9
Blood Lead Level Screenings – Gateway WIC, 111 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, 9 am -1pm.  Partnership event with www.gatewaycap.org.

Wednesday, April 10 
Developmental Screenings- Mastery Molina Lower Elementary School, 415 N. 9th St., Camden, NJ, 8:30 am - 1 pm.  Partnership event with Camden Mastery Charter Schools. https://www.masterycharter.org/

Thursday, April 11
Dental Screenings-  Head Start, 100 Maple Grove Blvd, Lumberton, NJ, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Partnership event with BCCAP Head Start. http://www.bccap.org/

Tuesday, April 16
Blood Lead Level Screenings - Neighborhood Center, 278 Kaighn Ave, Camden, 8:30 am – 1pm. Partnership event with The Neighborhood Center. http://www.neighborhoodrising.org/
 
Wednesday, April 17
Developmental Screenings- Carolynn E. Henderson Center, 2431 Burlington Avenue, Delanco, NJ 08075, 9 am -12:30 pm.  Partnership event with BCCAP. www.bccap.org 

Thursday, April 18
Dental Screenings- Mastery Molina Lower Elementary School, 415 N. 9th St., Camden, NJ, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Partnership event with Camden Mastery Charter Schools. https://www.masterycharter.org/

Tuesday, April 23
Blood Lead Level Screenings- TBD 8:30 am -1pm, Pemberton Community Library, PENDING 

Wednesday, April 24  
Developmental Screenings- Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Ave, Camden, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Partnership event with Osborn Family Health. www.osbornfamilyhealthcenter.com
 
Thursday, April 25
Dental Screenings- Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Ave, Camden, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Partnership event with Osborn Family Health. www.osbornfamilyhealthcenter.com

 

Tuesday, April 30
Blood Lead Level Screenings – Gateway WIC, 111 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, 9 am - 1pm.  Partnership event with www.gatewaycap.org.

About the Program

Such tremendous need exists in the medically underserved areas across Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, and our youngest residents, children under the age of five, 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 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 (infant to 5 years old) 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
  • Education on lead poisoning and screening information
  • 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

Cindy Bermejo
Program Coordinator
cbermejo@virtua.org

 

Nicole Verrett
Occupational Therapist/Developmentalist
nverrett@virtua.org 

 

Cynthia Scott
Dental Hygienist
cscott@virtua.org 

 

Mike Rambo
Driver
mrambo@virtua.org 

 

Maria Emerson
Director, Rehabilitation Services
memerson@virtua.org

 

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