Mobile Health Lab

Our Mission

The primary purpose of this mobile lab is to serve the communities in need across Durham and Orange counties.

Our Goals

  • Deliver cross-disciplinary health education and outreach to the community.
  • Provide clinical training to the workforce in an effort to expand their view of healthcare and see community health issues firsthand, resulting in better prepared and empathetic practitioners.
  • Engage the community in health career education and recruitment opportunities to broaden awareness about healthcare careers.

Our Story

A white van in a parking space with the Durham Tech logo and Community Health Van on the sideEveryone deserves access to healthcare in North Carolina. Transportation is a significant barrier to accessing health services for the underserved neighborhoods in Durham and Orange counties. To bridge that gap, the idea of a community health lab began to form. With over two decades of collaboration between Durham Tech and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) it was the natural solution to improve community health by partnering together. Blue Cross NC generously gifted the College a $1 million grant for a Community Health Lab, which will allow students and supervising practitioners to travel where care is most needed. With the support of Blue Cross NC, we can bring our efforts to scale by routinely providing this service to low-income children throughout Durham and Orange counties. The most important word in Durham Tech’s title is “community,” and we have both an obligation and an opportunity to serve residents in creative and distinctive ways.

Also view the article on Durham Tech builds health partnerships to meet student, workforce, community needs

Our Partners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC)
Duke Health
Duke Outpatient Clinic
Durham Public Schools
Essilor Vision Foundation
East Durham Children’s Initiative
Holton Wellness Center
Lincoln Community Health Center
Lyon Park Clinic
NC Med Assist
Samaritan Health Center
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
UNC Health

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