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 & 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!

  

June

Thursday, June 2
Dental Screenings - Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Parkway, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.willingboro.org/


Friday, June 3
Physicals - Acelero Learning Center, 1475 S. 8th Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://alcp.acelero.net/our-centers


Tuesday, June 7
Physicals - KIPP, 1600 S. 8th Street, Camden, 9 am - 4 pm.
https://kippnj.org/

 

Wednesday, June 8
Developmental Screenings - Winslow Township Elementary School #4, 541 Kali Road, Sicklerville, 9 am - Noon.
https://school4.winslow-schools.com/


Thursday, June 9
Dental Screenings - KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, 525 Clinton St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://kippnj.org/


Friday, June 10
Blood Lead Screenings - Acelero Learning Center, 1475 S. 8th Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://alcp.acelero.net/our-centers

Tuesday, June 14
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Pemberton Library, 16 Broadway Street, Browns Mills, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/locations/pemberton-library

Thursday, June 16
Dental Screenings - Delanco Early Learning Child Development & Preschool, 2431 Burlington Ave., Delanco 9 am - Noon.

 

Friday, June 17
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Cousin’s Supermarket, 200 Marlton Ave., Camden, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.

Monday, June 20
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Cherry Hill Free Clinic, 5 Esterbrook Lane, Cherry Hill, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.cherryhillfreeclinic.org/

Tuesday, June 21
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Parkway, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.willingboro.org/

 

Wednesday, June 22
Developmental Screenings- Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Ave., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://osbornfamilyhealthcenter.com/

 

Thursday, June 23
Dental Screenings - Lumberton Early Learning Child Development & Preschool, 100 Maple Grove Blvd., Lumberton. 9 am - Noon.
https://www.bccap.org/

 

Friday, June 24
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Cherry Hill Free Clinic, 5 Esterbrook Lane, Cherry Hill, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.cherryhillfreeclinic.org/

 

Tuesday, June 28
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Joseph House of Camden, 555 Atlantic Ave., Camden, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.jhoc.org/

 

Wednesday, June 29
Developmental Screenings - Cathedral of Love Preschool and Academy, 139 Beverly Rancocas Road, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://colcacademy.com/


July

Friday, July 1
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Kiddie Kastle Learning Center, 4202 Route 130 North, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.kiddiekastlelearningcenter.com/

 

Monday, July 4
Closed - Independence Day


Tuesday, July 5
Physicals - Dudley Elementary School, 2250 Berwick St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
http://dudley.camden.k12.nj.us/

Wednesday, July 6
Developmental Screenings - Anna Sample Family Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.voadv.org/family-shelters


Friday, July 8
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Anna Sample Family Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.voadv.org/family-shelters


Monday, July 11
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Kiddie Kastle Learning Center, 4202 Route 130 North, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.kiddiekastlelearningcenter.com/

 

Tuesday, July 12
Physicals - H.B. Wilson School, 2250 S. 8th St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
http://camdencityhbwilson.ss12.sharpschool.com/

Wednesday, July 13
Developmental Screenings; Hearing & Vision Screenings - Pinelands Family Success Center, 55 Pemberton Browns Mills Road, Browns Mills, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.pembertonfsc.org/

Friday, July 15
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Camden County OEO, The Point Plaza, 5287 Marlton Pike W., Pennsauken, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.kiddiekastlelearningcenter.com/

Monday, July 18
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Willingboro Public Library, 220 Willingboro Parkway, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.willingboro.org/

Tuesday, July 19
Physicals - Woodrow Wilson High School, 3101 Federal St., Camden, 9 am - Noon. 
http://camdencitywwhs.ss12.sharpschool.com/

Wednesday, July 20
Developmental Screenings - Kiddie Kastle Learning Center, 4202 Route 130 North, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.kiddiekastlelearningcenter.com/
 
Friday, July 22
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Family Dollar, 425 North 8th Street, Camden, 9 am - 1 pm, ages 5 and up.
https://www.familydollar.com/locations/nj/camden/31625/

Monday, July 25
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Anna Sample Family Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.voadv.org/family-shelters

Tuesday, July 26
Physicals - Camden High School, 1700 Park Blvd., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
http://chs.camden.k12.nj.us/

Wednesday, July 27
Developmental Screenings - Kiddie Kastle Learning Center, 4202 Route 130 North, Willingboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.kiddiekastlelearningcenter.com/

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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