Virtua's Pediatric Mobile Services provides children (ages 5 and under) in underserved and impoverished 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.
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.
Saturday, June 2
• Resource Event: Dig, Dine and Drive @ Diggerland, 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, 6 to 10 pm
Tuesday, June 5
• Resource Event and Lead Poisoning Education: Roosevelt Plaza Park, 520 Market Street, Camden, Noon to 3 pm, Partnership Event with Virtua Mobile Farmer’s Market and Connect The Lots (CTL) Camden. Please follow this link for additional details and full program schedule: www.connectthelotscamden.com
Wednesday, June 6
• Developmental Screenings-Anna Sample Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 8:30 - 11:30 am. Partnership event with Volunteers of America.
Friday, June 8
Lead Poisoning Education - Hispanic Family Center Health Fair and Community Day, 35 S. 29th Street, Camden, 1 - 5:30 pm
Friday, June 15
• Lead Poisoning Education - Yorkship Family School, 1251 Collings Ave, Camden, 10 am - 2 pm
Monday, June 18
• Developmental Screenings - Camden Healthy Start, 808 Market Street, Camden, 9 am - 1:30 pm, Partnership Event with Virtua Mobile Farmer’s Market and CHS during their monthly *Free Diaper Program*. Please follow this link for additional details: www.camdenhealthystart.org/free-diaper-program
Tuesday, June 19
• Dental Screenings- Anna Sample Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Partnership event with Volunteers of America.
Wednesday, June 20
• Developmental Screenings-Anna Sample Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 8:30 -11:30 am. Partnership event with Volunteers of America.
Wednesday, June 27
• Developmental Screenings-Anna Sample Shelter, 408 Line Street, Camden, 8:30 -1 1:30 am. Partnership event with Volunteers of America.
Thursday, June 28
• Developmental Screenings and Lead Poisoning Education - Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. 2nd Street, Burlington, 10 am to 3 pm,
Partnership Event with The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program at Virtua and Virtua Mobile Farmers Market - *Free Mammograms* for qualifying Burlington and Camden County residents. Please follow this link to determine eligibility for free cancer screenings and for additional details on how to sign up: www.virtua.org/services/cancer-treatment/njceed-at-virtua
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:
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?
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