The Governor’s Wellmobile Program is a community partnership model of mobile, nurse-managed primary health care designed to serve uninsured and underserved populations throughout Maryland. The Wellmobile program has been in continuous operation under the management of the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s (UMSON) since its inception in 1994. The program’s dual missions, identified in legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2000, are to provide primary and preventive health care services to geographically underserved communities and uninsured individuals across the state, and to provide principle training sites for UMSON that will expand student learning opportunities in the care of underserved populations.
The program’s missions are accomplished by filling the gap between this population’s need for episodic and common acute and chronic primary care services, health assessments, and health education and the existing capacity of hospitals and primary care providers. Populations served by the Wellmobile have difficulty accessing ambulatory care services and often seek care at hospital emergency departments. Utilizing an interdisciplinary model, the Wellmobile is a clinical learning site for nursing and social work students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Wellmobile nursing and social work faculty provide clinical services and supervise advanced practice nurse practitioners, community health nursing, informatics, and social work students. Wellmobile services include direct health care, care management and coordination, linkages to community programs, assessment of community needs, and participation in community-based research projects.
Implementation of statewide health care reform measures that focus on increasing access to primary care services offers new opportunities to collaborate with health system partners. This innovative model of primary care delivery can extend existing health care service areas to relatively isolated populations and tailor the clinicians and services to meet the needs of each population. The Wellmobile program continually pursues opportunities for collaborative relationships that maintain its tradition of innovation as a provider of population-based, nurse-managed health care and as a clinical education site for health care providers.
For administrative inquiries about the program, call 410-706-5395.
The Wellmobile Program serves geographic regions across Maryland. For information about Wellmobile service locations or to schedule an appointment, call 410-706-1399 or 866-228-9668. For general inquiries, call the Wellmobile office at 410-706-6157.
Through collaborative arrangements with school systems and local health departments in Harford and Dorchester counties, pediatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner faculty members engage in faculty practice in four school-based health centers. These nurse-managed health centers provide acute and chronic primary care services in elementary, middle, and high schools with high proportions of underserved populations. Providing access to primary care services at school sites enables the practitioners to address unmet health needs of children and adolescents in a timely and efficient manner, preventing school absence and often an expensive emergency department visit. Nurse practitioners collaborate with the student’s primary care provider and other members of the health care team to stabilize chronic health conditions and resolve acute health crises. Nurse practitioner faculty members precept UMSON’s pediatric and family nurse practitioner students, who benefit from this developmental community-based clinical experience.
UMSON also provides technical assistance to county health departments and boards of education who seek to establish school-based wellness centers in their jurisdictions.