Atrium Health, YMCA of Greater Charlotte partner for new mobile health unit

Atrium Health, YMCA of Greater Charlotte partner for new mobile health unit
Wellness on Wheels mobile unit preview at the McCrorey YMCA branch. (Courtney Cole)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Atrium Health and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte are rolling out a new healthcare initiative - Wellness on Wheels.

The new mobile health unit will make its first public appearance this Saturday at the MLK Jr. Parade in uptown.

The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) will be serving the greater Charlotte area providing health screenings, nutrition education, and lifestyle management all in an effort to combat chronic illnesses and disproportionate healthcare access that plague rural and urban areas in Charlotte.

The YMCA and Atrium Health’s main focus is prevention and education, especially with high blood pressure and diabetes.

When asked about the future of healthcare access with the implementation of mobile healthcare units, Dr. Alisahah Cole, Chief Community Impact Officer at Atrium Health was very hopeful.

"With these mobile units we’re going to improve access, we’re going to look to connect people to primary care providers and to care and ultimately we want to eliminate health disparities,” said Cole.

Wellness on Wheels will officially launch at the McCrorey YMCA branch on Jan. 24 and will be offering services between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month.

The first locations include West Boulevard area, Matthews, Steele Creek, and Lincolnton. By the end of 2019 WOW will regularly serve 16 sites on a monthly basis.

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