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

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!

    

January

Wednesday, January 5
Developmental Screenings - Joyful Sounds, 260 Whitehorse Ave., Clementon, 9 am - Noon.  
https://childcarecenter.us/provider_detail/joyful_sounds_clementon_nj

Thursday, January 6
Dental Screenings - Joyful Sounds, 260 Whitehorse Ave., Clementon, 9 am - Noon.  
https://childcarecenter.us/provider_detail/joyful_sounds_clementon_nj

 

Friday, January 7
Physicals - Billingsport Elementary School, 441 Nassau Ave., Paulsboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://billingsport.paulsboro.k12.nj.us/


Tuesday, January 11
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - CASTLE, 1000 Atlantic Ave., Camden, 8 am - 2 pm
https://www.virtua.org/locations/pediatric-behavioral-health-castle

 

Wednesday, January 12
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon.

 

Thursday, January 13
Dental Screenings - Mastery Charter School, 415 N. 9th St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://masterycharter.org/

 

Friday, January 14
Hearing & Vision 
Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon.


Tuesday, January 18
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic - Castle, 100 Townsend Ave., Berlin, 8 am - 2 pm.
https://www.virtua.org/locations/pediatric-behavioral-health-castle-berlin


Wednesday, January 19
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon.

 

Thursday, January 20
Dental Screenings - CB Lamb School, 46 School House Road, Wrightstown, 9 am - Noon.
https://www.nhanover.com/

 

Friday, January 21
Hearing & Vision Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon.

 

Wednesday, January 26
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon.


Thursday, January 27
Dental Screenings - Mastery Charter School, 601 Vine St., Camden, 1 - 3 pm.
https://masterycharter.org/

 

Friday, January 28
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Billingsport Elementary School, 441 Nassau Ave., Paulsboro, 9 a.m. - Noon.
https://billingsport.paulsboro.k12.nj.us/

 

February

Tuesday, February 1
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop up Clinic - CASTLE, 1000 Atlantic Ave., Camden, 8 am - 2 pm
https://www.virtua.org/locations/pediatric-behavioral-health-castle

Wednesday, February 2
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon. 

Thursday, February 3
Dental Screenings - Endeavour School, 1 School Rd., JB-MDL, 9 am - 1 pm,
https://end.nhanover.com/


Friday, February 4
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Billingsport Elementary School, 441 Nassau Ave., Paulsboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://billingsport.paulsboro.k12.nj.us/ 

Monday, February 7
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Hispanic Day Care, 3908 Westfield Ave., Camden 9 am - Noon.

Tuesday, February 8
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop up Clinic - CASTLE, 100 Townsend Ave, Berlin, Camden, 8 am - 2 pm
https://www.virtua.org/locations/pediatric-behavioral-health-castle-berlin

Wednesday, February 9
Developmental Screenings  - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon. 

Thursday, February 10
Dental Screenings - Calvary Hill Preschool, 535 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, 9 am – Noon. 
https://calvaryhill.church/ministries/calvary-hill-preschool

Friday, February 11
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Billingsport Elementary School, 441 Nassau Ave., Paulsboro, 9 am - Noon.
https://billingsport.paulsboro.k12.nj.us/

Monday, February 14
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop up Clinic - Cousin’s Supermarket, 200 Marlton Ave, Camden 08105, 9am-2pm, (Ages 12 and up.) 

Tuesday, February 15
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Mastery Charter School, 415 North 9th St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://masterycharter.org/

Wednesday, February 16
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon. 

Thursday, February 17
Dental Screenings - Calvary Hill Preschool, 535 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, 9 am – Noon. 
https://calvaryhill.church/ministries/calvary-hill-preschool

Monday, February 21
Covid-19 Vaccine Pop up Clinic - Cousin’s Supermarket, 200 Marlton Ave., Camden 9 am – 2 pm. (Ages 12 and up.)

Wednesday, February 23
Developmental Screenings - El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care, 438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 9 am – Noon. 

Thursday, February 24
Dental Screenings - Mastery Charter School, 415 North 9th St., Camden, 9 am - Noon.
https://masterycharter.org/

Monday, February 28
Hearing & Vision Screenings - Hearing & Vision Screenings - Hispanic Day Care, 3908 Westfield Ave., Camden 9 am - Noon.

 

2022 Flu Vaccine Clinics

Virtua Pediatric Mobile Services is offering free Flu Vaccine Clinics for Fall 2020. No appointments are necessary. Walk-Ins are welcome! Please check the schedule frequently for updates. 

 


January

Monday, January 3
El Centro Comunal Borincano Day Care
438 Martin Luther King Blvd., Camden, 8 am – Noon.

 

Tuesday, January 4
Lindenwold Preschool, 100 South Ave., Lindenwold, 8 am – Noon.
https://lindenwold.k12.nj.us/

 

Monday, January 10
Acelero Learning Center, 195 New Freedom Road, Clementon, 8 am - Noon.
https://alcp.acelero.net/our-centers

Monday, January 17
C.A.R.E For Me Children’s Learning Center, 6002 Westfield Ave., Pennsauken, 8 am - Noon.
http://www.careformeclc.org/


Tuesday, January 25
Delanco-CFFS/Mosaic Early Learning Center, 2431 Burlington Ave., Delanco, 8 am - Noon.
https://www.centerffs.org/early-learning

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

 

Nicole Verrett
Occupational Therapist/Developmentalist
nverrett@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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