EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the United Health Foundation (UHF) unveiled a mobile health clinic that will bring healthcare to underserved areas in the Rio Grande Valley.
Dubbed the Unimovil the mobile health clinic is part of a $2.8 million grant UTRGV School of Medicine received from UHF over three years to establish the Center for Colonia Integrated Care Program: Valley Interprofessional Development and Services (VIDAS).
Inside the unit will be an examination room as well as a dentist chair.
Former dean Dr. Francisco Fernandez, now a professor of psychiatry at the UTRGV School of Medicine applied for the grant two years ago so those attending the school can not only train but serve the community.
CEO of United Healthcare Community Plan of Texas Don Langer said the UHF program the grant was awarded from is about helping communities.
“That program is specifically designed to create innovative and new ways to provide healthcare,” he said. “By creating this mobile van that is going to increase access to those folks in rural areas is exactly what we've done, together we are going to make those communities healthier.”