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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.
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!
Monday, October 2
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Head Start, 100 Maple Grove Blvd., Lumberton, 9 am - Noon
Tuesday, October 3
Physicals - Dudley Elementary School, 2250 Berwick St., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Wednesday, October 4
Developmental Screenings - Respond Inc. - Fairview, 3001 Fenwick Road, Camden, 9 am – Noon
Thursday, October 5
Dental Screenings - Hispanic Day Care, 3908 Westfield Ave., Camden, 9 am – Noon
Friday, October 6
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Hispanic Day Care, 3908 Westfield Ave., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Monday, October 9
Lead Screenings - Respond Inc. - Fairview, 3001 Fenwick Road, Camden, 9 am – Noon
Tuesday, October 10
Physicals - KIPP High School, 740 Chestnut St., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Wednesday, October 11
Developmental Screenings - Respond Inc. - Bank St., 155 Marlton Ave., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Thursday, October 12
Dental Screenings - Joy of Learning Child Care Center, 2909 US-130, Delran, 9 am - Noon
Friday, October 13
Physicals - Mastery Charter School, 415 North 9th St., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Monday, October 16
Flu - Cinnamon Sticks Learning Center, 600 US 130, Cinnaminson, 9 am - Noon
Tuesday, October 17
Physicals - Vets Memorial Family School, 800 N. 26th St., Camden, 9 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 18
Developmental Screenings - Life Four Corners, 201 Clarkson St., Burlington, 9 am - Noon
Thursday, October 19
Dental Screenings - Life Four Corners, 201 Clarkson St., Burlington, 9 am - Noon
Friday, October 20
Flu - Life Four Corners, 201 Clarkson St., Burlington, 9 am - Noon
Monday, October 23
Flu - Respond Child Development Center, 554 State St., Camden, 9 am - Noon
Tuesday, October 24
Physicals - Master-East Camden Middle School, 3064 Stevens St., Camden, 9 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, October 25
Developmental Screenings - Calvary Hill Preschool, 535 Mullica Hill Road., Glassboro, 9 am - Noon
Thursday, October 26
Dental Screenings - Wee Kids Early Learning Center, 1299 NJ-38, Hainesport, 9 am - Noon
Friday, October 27
Flu - Respond - Pyne Point, 924 N. 8th St., Camden, 8 am - Noon
Monday, October 30
Flu - Cooper’s Poynt School, 201 State St., Camden, 8 am - Noon
Tuesday, October 31
Physicals - Respond - Pyne Point, 924 N. 8th St., Camden, 9 - 11:30 am
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:
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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:
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.
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?
Burlington County Times
Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services
Special Education Teacher/Developmentalist
Community Health Worker
Director, Rehabilitation Services
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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