McGuire VAMC has acquired a second Mobile Outreach vehicle to help reach Veterans living in the rural areas of central Virginia. Each mobile unit plays a unique strategic role. MOC 1 which stands for the Mobile Outreach Clinic, is a 40’ vehicle outfitted to perform most of the same functions as you would see at your local doctor’s office. A designated certified driver is responsible for making sure the mobile clinic is set up and operational during deployment.
The newest member to the fleet, MOC 2, which stands for the Mobile Outreach Center, will be driven by team members to the fairs and festivals to reach Veterans in their respective communities; providing health education and to assist Veterans with the application process for enrollment for VA healthcare benefits.
The team attended classroom and hands on training for MOC 2 today. Each member learned how to operate and maintain the 28’ mobile unit. Last April, the team got its first chance to provide community outreach at Powhatan’s Chow-Down Festival. Since then, the Rural Health team continues to touch the lives of many Veterans who had never applied for VA health care. “MOC 2 will help us reach more Veterans, says Sharon Rhone, Program Integrator. The VA logo on the side of the unit will make us more recognizable when we’re out in the community. MOC 2 will give us more visibility.”