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MMU hosts first cross-border MHCA meeting

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​Mobile was the name of the game at last week’s Mobile Health Clinics Association Pacific Northwest Coalition. Hosted by the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) team at the unit’s warehouse, it was the first time the meeting was held in Canada.

The MMU has been a member and co-lead of the Mobile Health Clinics Association (MHCA) Pacific Northwest chapter for the past three years. The organization brings together likeminded health-care focused mobile services to share knowledge, ideas and experiences with the goal of bettering mobile health solutions. The group hosts regional conferences and an international event each year for all members. At past events, members of the MMU team have both attended and presented.

The April 29 coalition featured presentations from the BC Cancer Agency Mobile Mammography Screening Program, MHCA Board members and the MMU team, which included an entertaining and informative overview on the history and evolution of mobile units. The 25 attendees from both Canada and US mobile-related organizations also had an opportunity to learn more about their peers’ programs, and tour units including the MMU and the new BC Cancer Agency Mobile Mammography Screening Unit. The mobile mammography unit is one of three in the province and visits over 120 rural communities across BC, including over 40 First Nations communities annually.

To top it off, participants enjoyed a truly ‘mobile’ lunch – courtesy of a local food truck.

During the open discussion, knowledge was shared about the importance of maintaining units and the roles different team members play, topics which will both be explored in future MHCA-led webinars.

The MMU team is grateful for the opportunity to have hosted this meeting and would like to thank everyone who attended and presented.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s meeting!

For more information, visit mobilehca.org or @MobileMedicalBC.

 
 

 

 

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